Studies in Southern Nigerian History

Studies in Southern Nigerian History

Studies in Southern Nigerian History

Studies in Southern Nigerian History

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Boniface I. Obichere

The study of African history in general and of the history of Nigeria in particular has come of age. Many Nigerian historians are at present engaged in the study of various aspects of the history of their country. Political, economic, social, colonial, and intellectual history are now receiving the attention of researchers and students. Both micro and macro history deserve further study, analysis, and interpretation. Professional historians in Nigerian universities are in the vanguard of the present phase of meaningful activity in the study of Nigerian history. Teachers of history in schools and colleges and amateur historians in towns and villages are also contributing their share to the study of the history of Nigeria. Nigerians on the whole have a strong sense of history and a rich heritage of historical traditions. This collection of essays is a contribution to the total effort of the study of the history of Southern Nigeria.

The study of political history remains a continuing challenge. the first attraction in this sphere of activity is the study of the large kingdoms and states as well as the study of the large non-centralized ethnic groups. the history and ethnography of Benin, Oyo, Sokoto, Kanem-Bornu, Nupe, Tiv, Igbo, and Efik have received much attention from Nigerian and foreign scholars. However, the history and ethnography of small-scale societies deserve to receive the searchlight of objective scholarship. These societies are less glamorous than their centralized neighbours, however, this does not mean that the study of their history will be less rewarding than the study of the splendour of the Bronze Age of Benin history. in Southern Nigeria, for example, small-scale societies such as the Anang,

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