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Nigeria marks 100 years of amalgamation



Lagos (AFP) - January 1, 2014 marks the centenary of the amalgamation of southern and northern Nigeria but the anniversary looks set to be muted, amid lingering questions about whether the union can hold.
In the run-up to the landmark, opinion is split between those who think amalgamation has been a boon and others who consider it the first step in the creation of a still-failing state.
Writer Adewale Maja-Pearce described Africa's most populous nation as one "imposed by the colonialists who dreamt up the fiction which has now become the nightmare we are all struggling to escape".
The most pressing question now is whether to continue trying to "make it work", the International New York Times columnist told AFP.



In this file photo, supporters hold posters of People's Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspi …

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