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Nigeria: After the Nightmare

by Iyorwuese Hagher

Nigeria: After the Nightmare is an in-depth look into the Nigerian experience, explaining what went wrong during the country’s thirty years of dictatorship. The book describes Nigeria's problems including...


Bitter Chocolate: Anatomy of an Industry

by Carol Off

Hailed in hardcover as “compelling” (Kirkus Reviews) and an “astonishing [and] wrenching story” (The London Free Press), Bitter Chocolate is an eye-opening look at one of our most beloved consumer products....


Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u 1793-1864

by Beverley Mack & Jean Boyd

Nana Asma’u (1793–1864) was a prolific Muslim scholar, poet, historian, and educator whose legacy in Nigeria and America continues today.


The Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone

by Ismail Rashid, Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley, Nemata Blyden & Tamba M'bayo et al.

Using Sierra Leone as a case study, this book examines the nature of knowledge production and interpretation of African history since the decade of African independence. This anthology provides critical reflections...


Historical Dictionary of Mali

by Pascal James Imperato & Gavin H. Imperato

The fourth edition of the Historical Dictionary of Mali, through its chronology, bibliography, introductory essay, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions...


Cinema and Development in West Africa: Film as a Vehicle for Liberation

by James E. Genova

Cinema and Development in West Africa shows how the film industry in Francophone West African countries played an important role in executing strategies of nation building during the transition from French rule...


Cloth in West African History

by Colleen E. Kriger

In this holistic approach to the study of textiles and their makers, Colleen Kriger charts the role cotton has played in commercial, community, and labor settings. She pays close attention the details of how...


Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa: Natives and Strangers

by Carola Lentz

Focusing on an area of the savannah in northern Ghana and southwestern Burkina Faso, Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa explores how rural populations have secured, contested, and negotiated access...


Historical Dictionary of Nigeria

by Toyin Falola & Ann Genova

Since independence in 1960, Nigeria has undergone tremendous change shaped by political instability, rapid population growth, and economic turbulence. The Historical Dictionary of Nigeria introduces Nigeria's...


Historical Dictionary of Benin

by Mathurin C. Houngnikpo & Samuel Decalo

The fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Benin covers the history of Benin through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 900 cross-referenced...


Nigeria's Critical Election: 2011

by John A. Ayoade & Adeoye A. Akinsanya

Nigeria's Critical Election is an analytical exposition of the salient constitutional and political issues by Nigerian scholars who have studied, lived through, and taught those issues over the years. It offers...


Surviving with Dignity: Hausa Communities of Niamey, Niger

by Scott M. Youngstedt

Surviving with Dignity focuses on the lived experience of two generations of migrant Hausa men in Niamey, Niger’s capital city, set in a larger social matrix of national and global transformations. Their extraordinary...


Highlife Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana

by Nathan Plageman

Highlife Saturday Night captures the vibrancy of Saturday nights in Ghana-when musicians took to the stage and dancers took to the floor-in this penetrating look at musical leisure during a time of social, political,...


Surviving Biafra

by S. Elizabeth Bird & Rosina Umelo

In 1961, Rosina 'Rose' Martin married John Umelo, a young Nigerian she met on a London Tube station platform, eventually moving to Nigeria with him and their children. As Rose taught Classics in Enugu, they...


Voices of Ghana

by Victoria Ellen Smith

Ghana's first radio programme of original literature, Singing Net, began in 1955 as part of the development of a national radio station in the years leading to independence in 1957. Its centralaim was to bring...


The Sombre Years

by Pemii Ben

The Somber Years is a corpus celebrating the launch of the forceps of investigative Journalism into one of the world's most ailing social vices-commercial sex. While some advocates give the impression that sex...


A Short Account of West Africa's Gold Coast and Its Nature

by Erick Tilleman & Selena A. Winsnes

This book's very existence is significant, since the material is that of the end of the seventeenth century, the period when the dramatic changes that took place in the eighteenth century were beginning to materialize....


Slave Traders by Invitation

by Finn Fuglestad

The Slave Coast, situated in what is now the West African state of Benin, was the epicentre of the Atlantic Slave Trade. But it was also an inhospitable, surf-ridden coastline, subject to crashing breakers and...


War Effects

by Obi Nnanna Nwabugwu

'War Effects' tells in a daring way, the realities of the Nigerian situation about the Biafran War.


Female Highlife Performers in Ghana

by Nana Abena Amoah-Ramey & A. B. Assensoh

This book offers a detailed analysis of the history of female musicians in the Highlife music tradition of the Republic of Ghana, particularly the challenges and constraints these women faced and overcame. Highlife...