SOURCE: The Baffler
Review Essay: The Bloody Business of the British Conquest of Nigeria
by Adewale Maja-Pearce
Self-serving stories of the civilizing mission of British Christianity paper over the brutality of colonialism.
The Untold Story of Boko Haram’s Origins
by Jacob Zenn
Researchers who view Boko Haram as a Nigerian unsurgency need to understand its history as part of pan-African Islamist networks; responses to extremism must work across national borders.
SOURCE: NY Times
Nigeria Is Haunted by Its Civil War
by Max Siollun
The conflict’s legacy continues to hold the country captive, half a century later.
Major European Institutions Will ‘Loan’ Looted Artifacts to New Nigerian Museum
During an 1897 raid, the British army plundered 4,000 artifacts from the kingdom of Benin.
Boko Haram Is Hardly a New Phenomenon in Nigeria
by Moses Ochonu
The surprise is it’s in formal rebellion against western education its members never received.
SOURCE: Not Even Past
What’s Happened to those Nigerian Schoolgirls Is Heartbreaking, but Should the United States Intervene?
by Brian McNeil
Even if we all agreed that in certain cases sovereignty should be violated for humanitarian relief, who makes that determination?
Why We're Only Now Paying Attention to Boko Haram Is a Disgrace
by Timothy R. Furnish
Nigeria’s position on the fault-line between Christian and Muslim civilization appears not just increasingly precarious, but dangerously unsustainable.
Family, friends honor Nigerians who fought in Burma during WWII
LAGOS, Nigeria — At 16, Isaac Fadoyebo ran away from his home in southwest Nigeria and signed up to fight for Britain in World War II, a decision made from youthful exuberance that saw him sent to Burma to fight and nearly die.Courage and luck kept him alive behind enemy lines as local farmers protected him for months until the British broke through and found him. When he returned home to Nigeria, his story and those of his fellow veterans largely fell away from the public’s mind as independence swept through the country and a devastating civil war and political unrest later followed.Fadoyebo, who died in November at the age of 86, represents one of the last so-called “Burma Boys” in West and East Africa. On Thursday, his family and friends gathered for a final worship service and celebration of his life, as new attention has been paid to his sacrifices and those of other Africans drawn into the fighting....
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