Formation: The Making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation
“In Formation, Fola Fagbule and Feyi Faweyhinmi take the readers – in exhilarating jaunts into Nigeria’s pre-colonial and early colonial pasts – through milestone events leading up to the 1914 Amalgamation, and breathing new life into familiar historical circumstances with uncommon perspectives of the indigenous populations.”
Formation tracks the unlikely series of events and characters that led to the creation of the modern Nigerian nation: from 1804 when the first Jihadists began their attack on a collection of independent nations to 1914 when the current shape of Nigeria was completed as a British colony through amalgamation. Formation sheds light on an increasingly forgotten and largely mythologized period of Nigeria’s history; revealing an incredibly complicated portrait of a nation with a tangled history, where violence was and remains a primary organizing principle for elite competition and political negotiations. Influential figures loom large over the narrative including Usman dan Fodio, Modibbo Adama, Fred Lugard, Samuel Ajayi-Crowther, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Flora Shaw, Joseph Chamberlain alongside other well-known and many less familiar names.
Fola Fagbule, Feyi Fawehinmi