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Obasanjo, Nigeria and the world /
John Iliffe.
imprint
Oxford : James Currey, 2011.
description
xiii, 326 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
184701027X (hbk.), 9781847010278 (hbk.)
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Oxford : James Currey, 2011.
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184701027X (hbk.)
9781847010278 (hbk.)
catalogue key
7461325
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Iliffe is Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He retired as Professor of African History at Cambridge in 2006.
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This account of Olusegun Obasanjo's life from 1937 to 2010 combines an analysis of an exceptionally vital and complicated man with a history of an exceptionally vital and complicated country.
Main Description
Olusegun Obasanjo was Nigeria's military head of state (1976-9) and President (1999-2007). His career is made the focus for a history of Nigeria's first fifty years of independence (1960-2010) and of African continental affairs during the same period (Obasanjo having been an active opponent of apartheid and an architect of the African Union). The most important African leader of his generation, Obasanjo has had an extraordinarily diverse career as soldier, politician, statesman, farmer, author, political prisoner, Baptist preacher, and family patriarch. As a soldier, he secured the victory in Nigeria's civil war. As military head of state, he returned the country to civilian rule. For the next 20 years he was ceaselessly active, before spending three years as a political prisoner. Released from prison, Obasanjo served Nigeria as elected President from 1999 to 2007, until his growing authoritarianism and his manipulation of his successor's election ruined his reputation among many Nigerians. This book argues that the controversial end to his presidency must be understood in the light of his earlier career. The author has used mainly published sources, especially Nigerian newspapers and political memoirs, as well as recently released FCO documents in Britain. John Iliffe is a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy, and he retired as Professor of African History at Cambridge in 2006. He has published widely on African history including: A Modern History of Tanganyika; The Emergence of African Capitalism; The African Poor: A History; Africans: the History of a Continent; Honour in African History and The African Aids Epidemic: A History.
Unpaid Annotation
This first full account of Obasanjo's life from 1937 to 2010 combines an analysis of an exceptionally vital and complicated man with a history of an exceptionally vital and complicated country.
Unpaid Annotation
This first full acccount of Obasanjo's life from 1937 to 2010 combines an analysis of an exceptionally vital and complicated man with a history of an exceptionally vital and complicated country.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Mapsp. xii
A man of controversyp. 1
Making a Career (1937-70)
Yoruba boyp. 7
Nigerian soldierp. 12
Coups and civil warp. 20
Military Rule (1970-9)
Chance and powerp. 39
State-directed developmentp. 56
African liberationp. 73
Return to civilian rulep. 88
Private Citizen (1979-99)
The farmerp. 99
The authorp. 108
The statesmanp. 120
The politicianp. 136
The prisonerp. 152
The candidatep. 164
The First Presidential Term (1999-2003)
Containing conflictp. 183
Salvaging the economyp. 200
Restoring international relationshipsp. 217
President and politiciansp. 225
Re-electionp. 238
The Second Presidential Term (2003-7)
The imperious presidencyp. 253
Economic reformp. 268
Africa's elder statesmanp. 281
Managing the successionp. 287
Retirementp. 304
Appendix: Exchange ratesp. 308
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 321
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