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Five Great New Books about Colonial #Nigeria Coming Soon…

Books about Britain’s colonisation of Nigeria are rare. Then like buses – five of them come along at once! In the next 5 months, 5 different books about Nigeria’s colonial history under British rule will be released. Three of them tackle the same subject (Britain’s invasion of the Kingdom of Benin).

(1) “What Britain Did to Nigeria: A Short History of Conquest and Rule” by Max Siollun (@maxsiollun) (published by @HurstPublishers).

(2) “Formation: The Making of Nigeria, from Jihad to Amalgamation” by Feyi Fawehinmi and Fola Fagbule (@FolaFagbule and @DoubleEph) – published by Cassava Republic (@CassavaRepublic).

Then: three different books about the same incident: the British conquest of the ancient kingdom of Benin in 1897:

3) “The Conquest of Benin: the British Empire & the Kingdom of Bronze” by Paddy Docherty (@paddydocherty) – published by @HurstPublishers.

4) “Loot: Britain and the Benin Bronzes” by Barnaby Philips (@BarnabyPhillips) and published by Oneworld Publications – @OneworldNews.

5) “The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution”, by Dan Hicks (@profdanhicks), published by Pluto Press (@PlutoPress)

Everything You Need to Know About My Latest Book – “Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune: the Abacha and Obasanjo Years”

NSOF hard copy

You may have heard that my new book will soon be published. 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… ;-)


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.
  • Glendora bookshop: order it from Glendora book store here or from their physical book shop at Ikeja City Mall, 194 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria (phone number +234 705 655 9201).
  • Sunshine Booksellers: order it from Sunshine booksellers here or from their physical book shop at 2, Durowade Crescent, Olopomewa Area, Eleyele/Sango Road, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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.

When can I order?


How much will the book cost?

£25 UK pounds sterling or $34.95.

When will the book be delivered?

September 2019

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.

What is the book about?

It is a sequel to my previous books Oil, Politics, and Violence and Soldiers of Fortune. The latest book covers the Abacha to Obasanjo years in Nigeria. The book aims to be the leading authority and definitive reference point for a seminal decade of crisis that shaped modern Nigeria. It is the third in the author’s trilogy of books on Nigerian history (each examining a separate decade at a time).

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

Sure. With excellent background that can serve as a primer for the uninitiated, and copious new information to amaze even the most seasoned Nigeria expert, this third book of Max Siollun’s trilogy on Nigeria is essential reading.

The silhouette of military rule still looms over Nigeria nearly 20 years after the soldiers departed. Key personalities of the military rule era remain active in Nigerian politics (including current President Muhammadu Buhari). With a breathtaking “I was there” style, the book examines multiple near-death experiences that Nigeria experienced during its last bout of military rule.

Although the book is about a nation, it also follows the trajectory of three captivating individuals. Moshood Abiola was the multi-billionaire friend of successive military governments who was elected president, then had his presidency voided by the generals who made him rich. General Abacha was the mysterious military ruler under whose watch Abiola was arrested and detained, and pro-democracy activists were arrested and assassinated. The third protagonist was former military ruler General Olusegun Obasanjo, who emerged as an unlikely conduit of democracy.

The author has gained access to sources and documents that were not available to earlier researchers. These sources and documents make this book the most in-depth “lift the lid” account of the Abacha-Obasanjo years ever published.



Book Cover for Soldiers of Fortune Sequel

NSOF cover


Ladies and gentlemen. It is finally here! The long awaited sequels to my books Oil, Politics, and Violence, and Soldiers of Fortune is almost upon us. I have attached a copy of the book cover above.

If you would like to pre-order the book, please DM your e-mail address to me on Twitter.

Philip Efiong’s Book on #Biafra -v- #Nigeria Civil War

Philip Efiong’s book on the Biafra -v- Nigeria civil war has been republished. His son Philip Jr alerted me of this. The first edition of the book was published over a decade ago. I have read the book myself and it is a valuable contribution to the civil war literature. Further details about the book are at the links above and you can buy it from Amazon.


The Best Books About #Nigeria


Whether you are a seasoned Nigeria expert or trying to familiarise yourself with the country for the first time, here are the best books on or about Nigeria.

I and others compiled a list on Twitter under the hashtag:


The Guardian also listed their best books on Nigeria at the links below.



Storified @Okadabooks Twitter Interview with Max Siollun


If you missed my live Twitter interview with Okadabooks, you can see the Storified record of it here. I discussed a lot: Nigeria, is history, the state of publishing, and even jollof rice and puff puff!;-)

If you want to read sample chapters of my book Soldiers of Fortune, you can download a sample chapter or two here. Then you can decide whether to read more, some, or all of the book.

Interview with Max Siollun – This Friday, 1:30pm #Nigeria Time

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My book Soldiers of Fortune is now available as an e-book on mobile devices via Okadabooks. I will do a live Twitter interview on Nigeria with OkadaBooks this Friday,  May 27, at 1.30am (8:30am USA Eastern Time).

You can download the book here and get a N2000 Naira Okadabooks credit.

You can follow the interview on Twitter via the hashtag #OkadaRideWithMax


Max Siollun Twitter Interview This Friday – 1:30pm #Nigerian Time

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My book Soldiers of Fortune is now available as an e-book on mobile devices via Okadabooks. I will do a live Twitter interview on Nigeria with OkadaBooks this Friday,  May 27, at 1.30am (8:30am USA Eastern Time).

You can download the book here and get a N2000 Naira Okadabooks credit.

You can follow the interview on Twitter via the hashtag #OkadaRideWithMax


#Buhari – Soldiers of Fortune Book Reading on Unilorin 89.3FM @IqraBooks @coolgaffi @UNILORIN893FM @bolajibooks

Essential reading for those who want to understand Buhari 1.0.
Unilorin FM 89.3 radio station has been doing readings of Max Siollun’s book on the Buhari and Babangida years called “Soldiers of Fortune: Nigeria From Buhari to Babangida (1983-1993)”.

They are doing the readings every Monday at 5:30pm Nigeria time. You can listen online at  or via their Android and Blackberry apps.


Readers With Their Copy of Soldiers of Fortune: Ayobami Olunloyo (Number 32) #MaxSiollun



Many of you have been posting images of yourselves with your copy of my book Soldiers of Fortune. To say thanks to you, I have been posting “shout outs” to say thanks to you for buying and reading the book.

The 32nd shout out goes to Ayobami Olunloyo.

Copies of Soldiers of Fortune can now be downloaded to Amazon Kindle from the Amazon website:

It can also be bought online from Buyam and Cassava Republic who can deliver directly to your front door:

other buying locations: –

  • Glendora, Awolowo Road, South-West Ikoyi, Lagos
  • Patabah Bookstore, Shop B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya mall, Surulere, Lagos
  • Jazzhole in Lagos, at 168 Awolowo Road, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Terrakulture, Plot 1379, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, Lagos

Full list of locations here: http://www.fortunesoldiers.com/where-to-buy/

Reviews: http://www.fortunesoldiers.com/in-the-news/