Formation: The Making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation

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.”

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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.

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Fola Fagbule, Feyi Fawehinmi


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