COURSE CODE: GNS 102
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Nigeria History
NUMBER OF UNITS: 1 UNIT
COURSE DURATION: One hour per Week
Course Coordinator: Dr. (Mrs.) C.A. Onifade, B. A. P.G.D.E. M.Edu. PhD.
Office Location: Department CGNS, COLAMRUD
The course provides an overview of Nigeria’s contribution to world history and her relationship with other parts of the world. It focuses on the following: Sources of Nigerian history, Methodology of history; major landmarks in early Nigeria History (Nok, Igbo-Ukwu, Ife, Benin, etc). Emphasis is on the scientific and technological development of these early Nigerian societies. Students will also be exposed to pre-colonial history: Sudanese/Nigerian states; the Slave trade and its effects; colonial and post-colonial history of Nigeria. Attempts are made to relate the discussion to agriculture, with special reference to the introduction of cash crops, industrialization and urbanization processes.
(1) Methodology of History
(2) Sources of Nigerian History
History of Non-Literate Societies
Early Nigerian Cultures and Society
Nok, Igbo-Ukwu, Ife, Benin, others.
(3) Pre-colonial Societies
(a) Sudanese Empires
(b) Forest States
(4) Nigeria’s Early Contact with the World
The Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and their effects.
(5) Scramble For Africa
British interest in Nigeria
The British conquest of Nigeria
Colonial rule and its impact on Nigeria
(6) Decolonization Process in Nigeria
(a) Rise of Nationalism
(b) Culture and Political dimension
(c) Economic Dimension
(7) Development in Nigeria after independence