2000 MMF Annual Lecture

  • Theme: “The Amalgamation of 1914”
  • Keynote Speaker: Major General Joseph Garba (Rtd.), former Director of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies
  • Summary: Major General Garba delivered a thought-provoking analysis of the historical amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914. The lecture explored the motivations behind this colonial decision, its impact on Nigeria’s diverse ethnic groups and regions, and its lasting consequences for the nation’s development and political landscape.
  • Key Insights:
    • The complex legacy of colonialism in Nigeria.
    • The challenges of forging a national identity in a diverse nation.
    • The ongoing debates about the merits and drawbacks of the amalgamation.
    • The importance of understanding history to address contemporary issues.
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