Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

Nigeria’s University Age

Reframing Decolonisation and Development

Authors: Livsey, Tim

  • Explores the role of the university as an important site in which the development and decolonisation in Africa took place. 
  • Examines the effects of international aid, in particular from Britain and the United States, on both Nigeria and the donor nations.
  • Considers development and decolonisation as many-sided phenomena; as high-level political processes, and as ideas which had profound effects on many aspects of life. 
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About this book

This book explores the world of Nigerian universities to offer an innovative perspective on the history of development and decolonisation from the 1930s to the 1960s. Using political, cultural and spatial approaches, the book shows that Nigerians and foreign donors alike saw the nation’s new universities as vital institutions: a means to educate future national leaders, drive economic growth, and make a modern Nigeria. Universities were vibrant places, centres of nightlife, dance, and the construction of spectacular buildings, as well as teaching and research. At universities, students, scholars, visionaries, and rebels considered and contested colonialism, the global Cold War, and the future of Nigeria. University life was shaped by, and formative to, experiences of development and decolonisation. The book will be of interest to historians of Africa, empire, education, architecture, and the Cold War. 

About the authors

Tim Livsey is Departmental Lecturer in African History at the University of Oxford, UK.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Nigeria’s University Age

    Livsey, Tim

    Pages 1-18

  • An Imperial Frame: Universities and the West African Roots of Colonial Development

    Livsey, Tim

    Pages 19-40

  • Paradoxes of Decolonisation: University College Ibadan and the Late Colonial State

    Livsey, Tim

    Pages 41-64

  • Making Modern Space: Architecture and Decolonisation at University College Ibadan

    Livsey, Tim

    Pages 65-88

  • An Incomplete Elite: Student Culture, Everyday Life, and Decolonisation at Ibadan

    Livsey, Tim

    Pages 89-118

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56505-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56504-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nigeria’s University Age
Book Subtitle
Reframing Decolonisation and Development
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56505-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56505-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56504-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 285
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
Topics