The Season of 'Kongi's Harvest': The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria

dc.contributor.advisor Sayward, Amy en_US Kinnebrew, Jeanna Lynn en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Ly, Aliou en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Paulauskas, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.department History en_US 2015-06-12T19:07:41Z 2015-06-12T19:07:41Z 2015-04-09 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the efforts of the Rockefeller Foundation in Nigeria's University of Ibadan during the years 1960 to 1969. I argue that the Foundation, though ostensibly nonpartisan, in truth served as an extension of the existing U.S. foreign policy apparatus. To promote American ideals of democracy and capitalism in the newly-independent former British colony, the Foundation contributed more than one million dollars per year to various projects at the University. While most projects focused on public health, agriculture, or economic development, the Foundation also single-handedly funded the creation of the School of Drama. Among the School's primary goals were to take English-language "theatre to the people." I argue that the School's founding was the result of a conscious effort by the Rockefeller Foundation to promote American ideals via drama productions throughout Nigeria, in an effort to combat the perceived Soviet influence in the newly-independent nation. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Cold War en_US
dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.subject Philanthropy en_US
dc.subject Rockefeller Foundation en_US
dc.subject.umi American history en_US
dc.subject.umi African history en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title The Season of 'Kongi's Harvest': The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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