The ingenious assemblage of A Dictionary of Yoruba Monosyllabic Verbs is chief among Chief Isaac Oluwole Delano's contributions to the lexicography of the language. The laborious effort of documenting and entering the unique lexical items into a single voluminous text for the Institute of African Studies of the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Ile-Ife is a historical unde..
Nigeria is a country of which much is heard and about little is understood. The product of an ambitious amalgamation, in 1914, of three hundred & seventy one ethnic groups in the area of River Niger, with as many languages to form the most populous state in British-Africa (estimated at 170 million people). The book seeks to make sense of the events in this country of many paradoxes: a land of ..
A Mouth Sweeter than Salt gathers the stories and reflections of the early years of Toyin Falola, the grand historian of Africa and one of the greatest sons of Ibadan, the notable Yoruba city-state in Nigeria. Redefining the autobiographical genre altogether, Falola miraculously weaves together personal, historical, and communal stories, along with political and cultural developments in the period..
Known as the African Giant, Nigeria's story is complex and often contradictory. How, despite the ravages of colonialism, civil war, ongoing economic disappointment and most recently the Boko Haram insurgency, has the country managed to stay together for a hundred years? Why, despite an abundance of oil, mineral and agricultural wealth, have so many of its people remained in poverty? These are the ..
A swamp full of dollars - Pipelines and Paramilitaries in Nigeria's Oil Frontier. A compelling and well written account. In this long awaited book, Peel has told the history of Nigeria and oil in a way that makes this important subject accessible to all. In doing so, he has done a service to everyone who is interested in development and in Africa. ..
Olusegun Adeniyi's Against the Run of Play at once captured the bleak essence of Nigerian politics - or Politiricks - as he put it elsewhere - and paints a vivid picture of the challenges of governance and how these have combined to arrest the country's growth and development - a quintessential treasure trove for those seeking to make sense of our tortuous journey of national "self-discovery". ..
This collection of essays chronicles a country's fourth attempt at democratic governance after many years of military dictatorship. Through his personal experiences and observations, Bayo Olupohunda captures the reality of Nigeria's socio-political environment at the turn of the milllenium, the collapse of dignity in service and the ubiquitous "Nigerian factor" that creates entitlement. Are you no..
There is a culturally significant way of being Yoruba that is expressed through dress, greetings, and celebrations no matter where in the world they take place. Adeleke Adeeko documents Yoruba patterns of behavior and articulates a philosophy of how to he Yoruba in this innovative study. As he focuses on historical writings, 1111 divination practices, the use of proverbs in contemporary speech, ph..