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The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria

Andrew Apter


When Nigeria hosted the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977, it celebrated a global vision of black nationhood and citizenship animated by the exuberance of its recent oil boom. This book tells the full story of this cultural extravaganza, from Nigeria's spectacular rebirth as a rapidly developing petro-state to its dramatic demise when the boom went bust. According to this book, FESTAC expanded the horizons of blackness in Nigeria to mirror the global circuits of its economy. By showcasing masks, dances, images, and souvenirs from its many diverse ethn ... More

Keywords: Nigeria, FESTAC, black nationhood, citizenship, oil, ethnic groups, black culture, African culture, oil economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226023540
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226023564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Apter, author