F O R M A T I O N
The Making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation
In early 1804, what began as a skirmish between a group of barely organised ideologues and the long established order near Sokoto soon escalated into a multi-national crisis that engulfed much of what is now known as Nigeria. The protagonists of the era could not have imagined that they had kickstarted a series of events that would culminate in the creation of Nigeria by a British led force in 1914.
Today, Nigeria is the world’s largest black country and a complex society that continues to confound observers, not least its own citizens.
Yet the country’s origin story remains something of a mystery especially to modern day Nigerians. How did Nigeria come to be? Was it part of a grand plan or a series of accidents?
Join Fola Fagbule and Feyi Fawehinmi on a whistle-stop journey through the century (and a bit) that made Nigeria. They dive into the archives to write a compelling origin story of Nigeria in Formation: The Making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation
Lagos, 1885. Source - "The Universal Geography"; by Élisée Reclus, Edited by A.H. Keane, Published by J.S. Virtue & Co., London [Universal Geography]
Formation will be published by Cassava Republic in October 2020 in Nigeria and early 2021 in the rest of the world. Your copy will be posted out to you shortly before publication in your territory
Click on the link below to pre-order from Cassava Republic's website
Welcome to the Formation Podcast. In each episode, Fola and Feyi will discuss an idea, theme, event or character they cover in the book.
They will also share what they learnt while researching the book and any relevant lessons for today's Nigeria.