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2024/2025 JAMB History Syllabus & Recommended Textbooks

Are you gearing up for the 2024/2025 JAMB CBT Examination? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we provide you with the complete JAMB History Syllabus and the recommended textbooks to help you ace the upcoming exams. Ensure you’re well-prepared by understanding the key topics and delving into the suggested readings.

JAMB History Syllabus 2024/2025:

The JAMB History examination is crafted to assess your ability to comprehend various aspects of history, ranging from simple concepts to more complex historical events. To excel in the exam, candidates must have a broad understanding of the topics outlined in the JAMB History Syllabus. Let’s take a closer look at the key areas you need to focus on:

  1. Land and Peoples of the Nigeria Area
  2. Early Centres of Civilization
  3. Origin and Formation of States in the Nigeria Area
  4. Economic Activities and Growth of States
  5. External Influences
  6. The Sokoto Caliphate
  7. Kanem-Borno
  8. Yorubaland
  9. Benin
  10. Nupe
  11. Igbo
  12. Efik
  13. European Penetration and Impact
  14. British Conquest of the Nigeria Area
  15. The Establishment of Colonial Rule up to 1914
  16. The Amalgamation of 1914
  17. Colonial Administration After the Amalgamation
  18. The Colonial Economy
  19. Social Development Under Colonial Rule
  20. Nationalism, Constitutional Developments, and Independence
  21. Nigeria Since Independence
  22. The Politics of the First Republic and Military Intervention
  23. The Civil War
  24. The Gowon Regime
  25. Murtala/Obasanjo Regime
  26. The Second Republic
  27. The Buhari Regime
  28. The Babangida Regime
  29. The Interim National Government (ING)
  30. The Abacha Regime
  31. Nigeria in International Organizations
  32. Africa and the Wider World Since 1800: West and North Africa
  33. Islamic Reform Movements and State Building in West Africa
  34. Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Christian Missionary Activities in West Africa
  35. Egypt under Mohammed Ali and Khedive Ismail
  36. The Mahdi and Mahdiyya Movement in the Sudan
  37. Eastern and Southern Africa
  38. The Omani Empire
  39. Ethiopia in the 19th Century
  40. The Mfecane
  41. The Great Trek
  42. Imperialism, Colonialism, and Problems of Nation-Building in Africa
  43. The New Imperialism and European Occupation of Africa
  44. Patterns of Colonial Rule in Africa
  45. The Politics of Decolonization
  46. Apartheid in South Africa
  47. Problems of Nation-building in Africa

Recommended Textbooks: Your Gateway to In-Depth Knowledge

To aid your preparation, we’ve compiled a list of recommended textbooks that extensively cover the topics provided in the JAMB History Syllabus. Dive into these readings to gain a profound understanding of historical events and developments:

  1. “The Politics of Mallam Aminu Kano” by Abba, A (2006)
  2. “The Making of Modern Africa, The Twentieth Century Vol 2.” by Ayandele, A. E. et al (1986)
  3. “History of West Africa Vol. I” by Ajayi and Cowther (1971)
  4. “History of West Africa Vol. II” by Ajayi and Crowther (1974)
  5. “Emergent African States: Topics in Twentieth Century African History” by Akinloye, S. A. (1976)
  6. “Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries” by Anene J. C. and Brown, G (1966)
  7. “Southern Nigeria in Transition, 1885 – 1906” by Anene J. C. (1966)
  8. “The Politics of Mallam Aminu Kano” by Abba, A (2006)
  9. “Africa and the Wider World, Vol. 1” by Barkindo, B. et al (1989)
  10. “Africa and the Wider World, Vols. 2 and 3” by Barkindo, B. et al (1996)
  11. “The Revolutionary years: Africa since 1800” by Boahen, A (1969)
  12. “The Revolutionary years: West Africa since 1800” by Boahen, A (1969)
  13. “Sokoto Caliphate: History and Legacies, 1804 – 2004, vols. I and II”
  14. “Nigeria: Background to Nationalism” by Celeman, J. S. (1986)
  15. “Right Honourable Gentleman: The Life and Times of Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa” by Clerk, T. A. (1991)
  16. “Political Economy of Africa: Selected Readings” by Cohen, D. I. and Daniel, J. (eds) (1981)
  17. “West Africa: An introduction to its History” by Crowther, M. (1977)
  18. “Nigeria: An introduction to its History” by Crowther, M. (1979)
  19. “Trade and Politics in the Niger Delta” by Dike, K. O. (1956)
  20. “Nigeria since Independence: The First 25 years” by Ikime, O and Osoba, S. O. (eds) (1989)
  21. “Imperialism and Dependency: Obstacles to Development” by Offiong, D. A. (1980)
  22. “A History of Nigeria” by Iseihei, E. (1983)


Armed with the comprehensive JAMB History Syllabus and the recommended textbooks, you’re now on the right path to mastering the 2024/2025 JAMB History Examination. Dive into the rich historical narratives, grasp the intricacies of each era, and watch as your knowledge and confidence soar. Remember, success in JAMB begins with thorough preparation and a passion for learning. Happy studying!

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