Talking Africa podcast

Nigeria – The Making Of A Nation, from Jihad to Amalgamation

By Nicholas Norbrook

Posted on January 17, 2021 10:31

Nigeria’s turbulent and hamstrung history has plenty to tell us about the current malaise. And, as says writer Maya Angelou, “If you don’t know where you have come from, you don’t know where you are going.”

That is what Nigerian authors Feyi Fawehinmi and Fola Fagbule had in mind when they wrote Formation: The Making Of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation.

Likewise the former US Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell, with a new book Nigeria and the Nation-State: Rethinking Diplomacy with the Post-Colonial World. He says that if you want to reform Nigeria, you have to understand the forces that shape it.

From the early 1800s, when Usman Dan Fodio created his Caliphate in Sokoto, through the flowering of city-states like Abeokuta — famous for producing so many of Nigeria’s elite politicians and cultural icons from Olusegun Obasanjo to Fela Kuti — to the eventual hitching together of the Northern and Southern Protectorates into the formation that is now known as Nigeria.

You can order Formation: The Making Of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation online on Amazon, Waterstone’s and Foyle’s.

You can order Nigeria and the Nation-State: Rethinking Diplomacy with the Post-Colonial World online on the CFR website.


Talking Africa on Spreaker
Talking Africa on Soundcloud
Talking Africa on YouTube
Talking Africa on Apple podcast
Talking Africa on Stitcher
Talking Africa on Spotify
And our RSS feed

Understand Africa's tomorrow... today

We believe that Africa is poorly represented, and badly under-estimated. Beyond the vast opportunity manifest in African markets, we highlight people who make a difference; leaders turning the tide, youth driving change, and an indefatigable business community. That is what we believe will change the continent, and that is what we report on. With hard-hitting investigations, innovative analysis and deep dives into countries and sectors, The Africa Report delivers the insight you need.