RQ2: What methods of book censorship have taken place in Nigeria since 1805?
RQ3: What are the predominant motivations for book censorship since 1805?
Book censorship is almost as old as the ancient man.
The apartheid regime that ruled South Africa until 1990 was consistently accused of book burning and other types of censorship. South African Censorship Works is a 1980 collection of essays on censorship by South African novelist Nadine Gordimer and others.
All through history, the nature of censorship has varied from place to place and from one historic period to another.
Almost all cases of pre-independence censorship were political or religious.
Scholars argue that what gave birth to the current wave of censorship in Nigeria started gradually with the growth of anti-intellectualism and book-shyness promoted by a distracted leadership (Ezeh, 2009).
Scholars have raised concerns about library censorship processes which can censor library collections from within the profession itself (Yaya, Achonna and Osisanwo, 2013).