DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY KADUNA STATE UNIVERSITY
CALL FOR PAPERS
NIGERIA @ 50: ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD: Essays in Honour of Professor Abdullahi Mahdi By the year 2010, Nigeria the most populous black nation in the world would be 50 years of independence. Though few other countries in the continent had prior to 1960 obtained their independence, the ‘birth’ of Nigeria in October 1960 ushered in a new hope and expectations for a ‘New’ Africa and for this and other reasons, was being referred to as the ‘Giant of Africa’. Sadly however, recent evidences have shown that Nigeria is among the failed states in the world. Whether the country has lived up to expectations or not are the issues the challenges of nationhood and leadership had demonstrated over the past 50 years, which needs not only to be reappraised, re-evaluated and documented for posterity, but solutions must be seeing to be proffered on the way the country should move forward in confronting the challenges of the 21st century. And this must be done scholarly at the levels of analysis of our national history viz-a-viz politico-economic and social development as a people. Scholars are hereby invited to submit well-researched (and problemsolving) papers, showing evidence of current research on the following themes: Theoretical/Conceptual Analysis on Nigeria @ 50 Democracy and Governance Globalisation and the Economy Inter-Group Relations/Boundary Issues National Security and the Armed Forces International Affairs/Diplomacy The Challenges of Social Services/infrastructural Development Education
Labour Union/Labour Relations Gender/Youth/Sports Health and Agriculture Social Movements The Role of the Media The Civil Society What Reforms for Nigeria?
All submissions be sent electronically to email@example.com Author(s) should indicate their names, rank, institution(s), areas of academic specialty, personal e-mail address. Multi-authorship/inter-disciplinary research is highly encouraged. The American Psychological Association (APA) using the author’s surname, year and page number (where necessary) incorporated in the text and given in parenthesis is the only acceptable reference style.
Interested contributors should indicate such interest by sending an abstract to that effect on or before Friday 4th September, 2009, while full papers must be submitted on or before December 4th, 2009. The Book is to be expected First Quarter of 2010.