Academic journal article African Studies Review

The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola

Academic journal article African Studies Review

The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola

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Adebayo Oyebade, ed. The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2002. xi + 638 pp. Bibliography. Tables. Index. $34.95. Paper.

Two things stand out about this collection of essays in honor of Toyin Falola. First is the remarkable disciplinary breadth of the collection. second is the way the book represents the changing face of African studies in the United States. Oyebade's edited collection is a wide-ranging selection of twenty-two chapters covering a wide variety of Nigerian topics. The material is arranged in four thematic sections: "Education"; "Politics and Law"; "Economy and Society"; "Gender and Ethnicity"; and "Language, Culture and Art." In terms of chronological scope, most of the chapters focus on the period from the later nineteenth century forward. With topics from politics to poetry and economics to ethnicity, the book will provide anyone interested in recent Nigerian history and culture with something of interest. Similarly, this book should find many a happy home in libraries around the world looking for bang-for-the-buck coverage of things Nigerian. First and foremost this text shows the considerable range of recent scholarship on Nigeria (though a greater chronological range would have been a nice addition). Most of the essays are well grounded in recent research and show a particularly refreshing degree of reference to works produced in Nigeria. Such a variety of material is a fitting tribute to Toyin Falola, who has proven himself to be a scholar of remarkable energy and scope. …

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