Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change draws students into a complex and often overlooked history. As the most populous country in Africa and the largest black country in the world, Nigeria has historically and in the present played an important role in the world. Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change invites students to explore Nigeria’s history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country’s future might look like.
Online Resources from the Choices Program
Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.
Looking at Nigeria’s Culture and Geography
A slideshow of the images used in the lesson "The Geography of Nigeria."
A slideshow of the artifacts used in the lesson “Artifacts as Primary Sources.”
Cultural Responses to Dictatorship: “Sorrow, Tears, and Blood,” by Fela Kuti.
Africa’s Sources of Knowledge Digital Library
A digital collection of resources from various African countries and societies written in their original language.
Bits of Borno Social Media Campaign
An instagram account that features images of life in Borno with a focus on the everyday. Also on Facebook and Twitter.
Harvard Religious Literacy Project, Nigeria
A series of profiles on the role of religion in various countries, including Nigeria.
Harvard University World Map, Ile-Ife
A digitized historical map of Ile-Ife overlaid onto a current satellite image of the area that shows the locations of important people, places, and events.
Positive Negatives, Abike’s Story
A free, online comic about a young Nigerian woman’s experience being trafficked.
Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
A database and other resources with information about the transatlantic slave trade.
Bourne, Richard. Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century. London: Zed Books, 2015.
Falola, Toyin, and Matthew M. Heaton. A History of Nigeria. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Falola, Toyin, and Ogechukwu Ezekwem. Writing the Nigeria-Biafra War. Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, Inc., 2016.
Korieh, Chima J. The Nigeria-Biafra War: Genocide and the Politics of Memory. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2012.
Mack, Beverly B., and Jean Boyd. One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009.
Nugent, Paul. Africa Since Independence. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Oriji, John Nwachimereze. Political Organization in Nigeria Since the Late Stone Age: A History of the Igbo People. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Smith, Daniel Jordan. A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008.
Uthman, Ibrahim Olatunde. Feminist Insiders-Outsiders: Muslim Women in Nigeria and the Contemporary Feminist Movement. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009.