Darwin Comes to Africa: Social Darwinism and British Imperialism in Northern Nigeria

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"In this book, Olufemi Oluniyi lucidly exposes how the pseudo-science of Social Darwinism fueled manipulative and exploitative British imperialist policies in Northern Nigeria...The author exposes the pseudo-scientific basis of evolutionary arguments for racism and vividly shows how British Social Darwinist policies were a root cause of the damaged relations among the peoples of Nigeria... Oluniyi's book is interesting, inspiring, and highly informative, and its narrative is captivating." -Mary-Noelle Ethel Ezeh IHM, Professor of Ethics and Christian History, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Nigeria

"This book exposes the horrifying extent to which Social Darwinist principles and policies mutilated Northern Nigeria. The author vividly uncovers how British colonizers used Social Darwinism to label Africans as biologically inferior beings lower on the evolutionary ladder, creating a fertile ground for manipulation, oppression, and exploitation. As the book clearly demonstrates, the objectives of Social Darwinism were denigration, subjugation, exploitation, and dehumanization. The author powerfully challenges evolutionary arguments for racism. He also refutes Western myths about the history of Africa as the 'dark continent, ' recounting Africa's many contributions to ancient manufacturing, medicine, architecture, mathematics, and more. Overall, the book presents an inspiring vision of the transcendent value of all people as equal members of the same human race."-Richard Ochieng', PhD, Lecturer and Deputy Director, Academic and Student Affairs, University of Eldoret, Kenya; Chair, BioCosmos Kenya Trust Foundation

"Steeped in a white supremacist mindset founded on Darwinian principles, British colonial masters ironically created the very African inferiority they believed in by actively undermining Nigerian advancements in politics, economics, education, and culture. Oluniyi brilliantly paints a picture of why 'scientific' theories like Darwinism matter in the real world."-Robert F. Shedinger, PhD, Wilford A. Johnson Chair in Biblical Studies and Professor of Religion, Luther College; author of The Mystery of Evolutionary Mechanisms.

"A powerful reminder that Social Darwinism and the scientific racism flowing from it had profoundly damaging influences on real people, especially those... denigrated by scientific elites as "inferior" on the evolutionary ladder."-Richard Weikart, Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Stanislaus; author of Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism

"Darwin Comes to Africa is a disconcerting but valuable historical, scientific, sociological, and political commentary on the tragic intersection of Social Darwinism and indigenous peoples."-Michael A. Flannery, author of Nature's Prophet: Alfred Russel Wallace and His Evolution from Natural Selection to Natural Theology (2018)

"Shocking and eye-opening. This book documents the tragic consequences of exporting Darwin's ideas to Africa, consequences Nigeria is still living with today."-John G. West, PhD, Vice President, Discovery Institute, and author of Darwin Day in America