The NSA is the largest association of scholars, practitioners and others who are engaged in the study of Nigeria. The organization plays a role in public policy matters, promotes the development of archives, and organizes conferences and workshops.
Their best book award emphasizes originality and relevance to the Nigerian conditions.
Falola's book dwells on two phases of Nigerian history ranging from the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, focusing on the linkages between colonial domination and violence:The first phase witnessed violent confrontations between the British and the Nigerian groups, imperialist encounters that generated violence.
The second phase spanned the period from the turn of the century to the late 1940s, a period when Nigerians resisted the forces of colonial domination.
The award will be presented at the NSA’s annual meeting in San Francisco, Nov. 2010.
There have been numerous other accolades for the book:
"Colonial violence treated from the point of view of the African victims/colonized, not from the self-serving perspective of European/British conquerors and colonizers." —Felix Ekechi, Kent State University
To read more, visit http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/history/news/3133