Possession by Dispossession: Interrogating the Growing New Wave of Investments and Land Grabbing in Nigeria


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


History & International Studies


This project uses both primary and secondary materials to examine the growing wave of land grabbing in Nigeria. Transnational companies and other investors are acquiring land in Nigeria for agro-fuels and food production, which are ultimately exported. However, the government, as represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is also a major player in the land grab for agro-fuels despite its fossil oil reserve. The fact that much of this land is being acquired to provide for the fuel and food needs of foreign nations at the expense of Nigerians has, not surprisingly, led to allegations that a neo-colonial push is underway to annex one of the country’s key natural resources. This study therefore examines the roles of foreign investors in collusion with the Nigerian state in dispossessing the people of their land.