NIGERIA FREE by Harry Williams


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Nigeria has received ""virtually no publicity because of the responsible, sensible, and unsensational way in which it has come to nationhood"". This English import, a well-stirred mixture of factual data and sociological romanticizing, examines the history and geography of the new state, the cultural status of the inhabitants, its natural resources, economic potential, and tourist attractions, and the notable effects of the decades spent in the shade of Pax Britannica. Williams has a great fondness for this West African land, and he talks about the vanishing game and the Nigerians' careless attitude toward their wilderness areas as if these were his personal problems. He is also sorely tried by the forecast that education will induce too many young men to seek careers in the cities -- chiefly in politics -- to the detriment of the country's spectacular agricultural potential. In an attempt to be comprehensive, Williams tends to ramble, and a great many misplaced (or missing) commas often make his sentences difficult to follow. Nigeria's emergence into statehood is certainly important, but one must really want to know about it to make the reading worth the effort, since the illustrations are unexciting and the index is none too good.

Publisher: Roy