ISBN 9789780231323
Pages 84
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2000
Publisher Malthouse Press, Nigeria
Format Paperback

All for Oil

by J.P. Clark

In the European scramble for Africa towards the end of the 19th century, Britain declared itself for the Oil Rivers Protectorate to gain monopoly of the palm oil trade in what is now part of the land it put together as a country. Later it formed the first Federation of Nigeria with the former Royal Niger Company as its principle commercial operator, and the indigenous people of that area, the Niger Delta, the suppliers of raw materials that Britain needed for its factories. The author is one of Africa's foremost poets. Drawing upon official documents and the oral tradition he presents a powerful panorama of the players in the original drama of the creation of Nigeria.
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About the Author

J.P. Clark

Born April 6 1935 in Kiagbodo, Nigeria John Pepper Clark was one of the most lyrical of the Nigerian poets, whose poetry celebrates the physical landscape of Africa. He was also a journalist, playwright, and scholar-critic who conducted research into traditional Ijo myths and legends and wrote essays on African poetry. While at the University of Ibadan, Clark founded The Horn, a magazine of student poetry.

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