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When Lady Lugard sat down to write A Tropical Dependency, it was not her intention to inspire generations of Africans to regain the independence of their countries. Lady Lugard, wife of a former British Colonial Governor of Nigeria, written during the colonial period.
Providing readers with useful information and insights into the development of the states of Western Sudan.
Lugard writes of slavery as though it was a God-given right of Europeans to own Africans as slaves. Ironically, her text on Africa's place in history reaffirms the belief that "If Africa did it once, Africa can do it again!" Introduction by John Henrik Clarke.
Review - "Liberal and open-minded for its day.Flora Shaw's history was deeply researched. She wrote well and was clearly fascinated with her subject - the region known now as Nigeria (which name she invented) - though she was clearly far more interested in the northern, Muslim peoples.Shaw was a remarkable journalist and writer - married to the first colonial governor of Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard".
Published 1906*, 1997.
“Powerful people cannot afford to educate the people that they oppress, because once you are truly educated, you will not ask for power. You will take it.”