This is the first comprehensive study of leftist ideology and movements and their organizational structure in colonial and post colonial Nigeria. Tijani moves the contributions of Nigerian leftists from the archival centers into mainstream intellectual and nationalist history, proving the first historical narrative of the unsung heroes of the Nigerian nationalist movement.
About the Author
Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani, PhD, is currently an associate professor of African and African Diaspora History at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He was a Commonwealth scholar at SOAS, University of London and a recipient of the prestigious U.S. Military National Merit Award, 2003. He has received research grants from Harry Truman Library and Institute, the MacMath Endowment Foundation, and Henderson State University Faculty Development. His most recent grant is from the American Historical Association 2005 Schmitt Research Award. He is the editor of Nigeria's Urban History: Past and Present, Oxford, 2006.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: THE PREAMBLE
CHAPTER TWO: IDEOLOGY OF THE LEFT
CHAPTER THREE: RECONSTRUCTING THE ZIKIST MOVEMENT
CHAPTER FOUR: MARXISM DURING THE 1950s
CHAPTER FIVE: PROFILING NIGERIAN MARXISTS
CHAPTER SIX: "NIGERIA-MCCARTHYISM"
CHAPTER SEVEN: THE UNITED STATES, FRANCE, AND THE NIGERIAN MARXISTS,
CHAPTER EIGHT: EMBATTLED LEFTISTS: LATE 1950S TO 1965
CHAPTER NINE: CONCLUSION: ASSESSING MARXISM FAILURE