Nigeria 70 :: Lagos Jump (Afrobeat, Highlife & Funk)

Nigeria gained its independence from Great Britain in 1960, resulting in a series of national schisms that gave way to political unrest and military rule that continued officially until 1999 with the restoration of a supposedly democratic government. Many contend, however, that Olusegun Obasanjo’s two victories were stolen, and nearly the entire world condemned the 2007 election of Umaru Yar’Adua as being flawed. Nevertheless, a 2001 poll found Nigerians to be the happiest people in a group of sixty-five countries that includes North American and Western European stalwarts. (For the record, we Yanks came in at . . .

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