“What Britain Did to Nigeria” – How to Pre-Order

My new book “What Britain Did to Nigeria” will be published in February 2021. Please see below for information about where and when you can get the book, how much it costs, and a list of answers to all those questions you are about to ask me… ;-)


When can I order?


Where can I order the book?

If you are in NIGERIA you can get it from:

  • Roving Heights bookshop: order it from Roving Heights here, or from their physical book shops in Lagos (28 Ogunlana Dr, Surulere 100001, Lagos, Nigeria) and Abuja (CVS Plaza, Block B, Suite 4.1, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria). Their phone numbers are (+234) 09026666195 and (+234) 09092158968.

If you are in the USA you can:

If you are in the UNITED KINGDOM you have multiple options, and you can:

If you are in CANADA you can order it from Amazon Canada here.

How much will the book cost?

UK: £20 UK pounds sterling

USA: $34.95

Nigeria: N7500

When will the book be delivered?

March 2021 onwards

What is this new book about?

A must-read for anyone interested in the story of Britain’s colonial encounter with Nigeria. Crucially, Siollun manages to tell this complex story from a Nigerian perspective while never once abandoning his objective eye, the mark of the truly-committed historian. Meticulously researched, What Britain did to Nigeria explores many hitherto unknown historical events in the colonial encounter, most especially those detailing the various wars of resistance waged by Nigerians during Britain’s long drawn-out conquest attempts. He also goes further than previous historians in unearthing the specific circumstances, actors and motivations behind the 1914 formation of Nigeria, the largest black nation on earth and one of the most diverse and complex societies in the world. Siollun’s vast knowledge and down-to-earth writing-style have combined to produce a book that is both educative and enjoyable to read. One that shows the colonial encounter in all its human complexities and contradictions. What Britain did to Nigeria is a fantastic accomplishment.” — Dr Remi Adekoya, University of York

Max Siollun has conducted extraordinary research which places the history of one of the most important English-speaking countries on earth in a new light. This is a compelling, brilliant and brave history of Nigeria and British colonialism.” — Professor Toby Green,

Can you tell me a bit more about the book’s content?

Many Nigerians have a rose-tinted view of colonialism. Nigeria is one of the few formerly colonised nations whose people view colonialism as a golden age where things were better than the post-colonial era. Why is this so?

Accounts of Nigeria tend to jump straight to the seminal dates of 1914 (the year it was created) or 1960 (the year it gained independence), yet the core ingredi­ents of Nigeria’s character were created long before these dates. How did Britain overpower and control formerly powerful empires such as the Sokoto Caliphate, Oyo Empire, and the Aro confederacy? How did Britain transplant Christianity into Nigeria and create the only country in the world with its population split equally between Christians and Muslims? How did Nigeria end up having more English-speaking people than Britain? The book will provide answers to all these questions and more.

The book will illustrate each topic by using the narrative to ‘visit’ as many different parts of the country as possible and use these as case studies (e.g. the Aba Women’s War, the conquest of Igboland, Yorubaland, and the Sokoto Caliphate, the work of Christian missionaries and how they were received in the animist south and Muslim north, the role of Sir George Goldie, Lord Lugard, and Flora Shaw in creating Nigeria).

Is there an audio book, Kindle or other e-book version of the book?

Not yet.

How can I buy your previous books?

From these places and also here.

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2 responses

  1. […] Four months ago, Nigeria celebrated its 60th independence anniversary. At that moment Nigeria reached “half-time” and has now spent as much time as an independent nation as it did as a British colony. This temporal halfway point partly explains the timing of my latest book “What Britain Did to Nigeria: a Short History of Conquest and Rule”. […]

  2. Max, How can I get signed copies of your publications please? Thanks Tania

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