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F O R M A T I O N: The Making of Nigeria

F O R M A T I O N: The Making of Nigeria

By Feyi Fawehinmi
Fola Fagbule and Feyi Fawehinmi discuss the themes, ideas and stories in their forthcoming book.
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FORMATION: Conquest & Discontent (Part 2)
In this season finale of the Formation Podcast, Feyi and Fola discuss how much of an impact World War I had on the new colonial creation of Nigeria, Lugard's predecessors and replacements and how modern day Nigerians might learn something from how the cobbled together country was governed.  Formation will be out in Nigeria this month. You can still pre-order your copy from Cassava Republic - https://cassavarepublic.biz/product/formations/?v=79cba1185463 In the UK, you can pre-order from Amazon - https://amzn.to/30U8Gy5 for delivery in January 2021 (please ignore the May date, the UK release is January), Waterstone's - https://bit.ly/3lrRPL4 and Foyle's - https://bit.ly/2FknKxF If you are in the US, you can pre-order from Amazon for delivery in May 2021 when it is released there - https://amzn.to/3nxGElM If you are in Canada, you can also pre-order from Amazon Canada also for delivery in May 2021 - https://amzn.to/3lxx0Ok
39:45
October 11, 2020
FORMATION: Conquest & Discontent (Part 1)
So you've conquered Nigeria, now what? In this episode, Fola and Feyi talk about the first part of the final (and longest) chapter in Formation - Conquest & Discontent. Who were the British men tasked with governing the newly assembled country and what skillsets did they bring to the job, suitable or otherwise.  They also answer a number of interesting questions from listeners about previous episodes.  Formation is out in Nigeria October 22nd and you can pre-order your copy from Cassava Republic - https://rb.gy/am1lvx It will be out in the UK January 19th and you can also pre-order from Waterstone's - https://rb.gy/xtcd3y - and Foyle's - https://rb.gy/lsk1wg
35:37
September 20, 2020
FORMATION: Frederick Lugard, The King in the North (Part 2)
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss the second part of the ninth chapter of Formation. They talk about Lugard's time 'on ground' in Nigeria and how he managed to pull off the bluff to conquer Northern Nigeria. They also go into some more detail on the role that Flora's played in his career.  Thanks to everyone who continues to listen in and to those who have pre-ordered Formation. Formation is still available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon to be delivered in January 2021 - https://amzn.to/3aawamc It is also available from Foyles in the UK - https://bit.ly/31SqpWH You can also still pre-order the limited edition hardback and e-book versions from Cassava Republic for delivery in Nigeria in October - nigeria-formation.com
31:41
September 6, 2020
FORMATION: Frederick Lugard, The King in the North (Part 1)
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss the first part of the ninth chapter of Formation. They talk about the early part of Lugard's life, the supporting characters who helped him achieve his aims in Nigeria, most importantly Flora Shaw, and the general atmosphere in which Lugard grew up.  They also talked about how they went about doing the research on a larger than life character with plenty of source material to work with.  Thanks to everyone who continues to listen in and to those who have pre-ordered Formation.  Formation is still available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon to be delivered in January 2021 - https://amzn.to/3aawamc It is also available from Foyles in the UK - https://bit.ly/31SqpWH You can also still pre-order the limited edition hardback and e-book versions from Cassava Republic for delivery in Nigeria in October - nigeria-formation.com
31:59
August 30, 2020
FORMATION: Game of Thrones in the Niger Heartland
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss the powerful and storied Nupe kingdom in the Niger heartland. They also take a detour to Ilorin and Akassa and bring it all together to show how they were all conquered by a London Stock Exchange listed company, Royal Niger Company.  They also answer some very interesting questions from listeners about the Saro returnees and the history of pidgin English in Nigeria. Formation is now available to pre-order in the UK from Amazon to be delivered in January 2021 - https://amzn.to/3aawamc It is also available from Foyles in the UK - https://bit.ly/31SqpWH You can also still pre-order the limited edition hardback and e-book versions from Cassava Republic for delivery in Nigeria in October - nigeria-formation.com 
34:21
August 23, 2020
FORMATION: The Glorious Incompetents
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss the implications of the Imperial Era in Benin and Igboland and the European foreign policy environment in which it happened. They also discuss the fascinating Aro regime which ruled over Igboland and the methods they used to achieve their dominance.  They take some very thoughtful questions from listeners to previous episodes as well.  Formation is still available to pre-order from Cassava Republic. Please go to nigeria-formation.com to get your copy. There is now an option to pre-order the e-book or the hardback edition.  You can also pre-order from Amazon UK - https://amzn.to/3aawamc And Foyles UK - https://bit.ly/31SqpWH
33:49
August 9, 2020
FORMATION: Exit the Bible, Enter the Gun
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss the aftermath of the Clapham Sect Era and how it gave way to a more muscular and violent engagement with Europe.  They also answer a number of questions from listeners about previous episodes of the podcast.  General Akinkunmi's book mentioned in the podcast can be found here - https://tinyurl.com/y492s9m6  We would like to thank the hundreds of you who have pre-ordered Formation so far. It means a lot to us and to our publishers who have to take a lot of risks and fight off book pirates all in a very difficult environment. Pre-ordering goes some way to solving these problems. You can read more about the pre-order campaign on their website here - https://tinyurl.com/y6zk8u6o
28:18
August 2, 2020
FORMATION: Mad Men and Missionaries
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss the Mad Men and the Missionaries from Europe who entered pre-colonial Nigeria with their own ambitious agenda, altering the history of the future country in the process. The authors also introduce the idea of what they call the "Clapham Sect Era", as a distinct period of economic transformation in Nigeria's pre-colonial history, and talk about what lessons they think this era holds for modern Nigeria.  Don't forget that a hardback edition of Formation is now available for pre-order from Cassava Republic. To get your copy, go to www.nigeria-formation.com  Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered so far!  It means a lot to us. 
26:57
July 26, 2020
FORMATION: Sunrise Within The Tropics
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss war, diplomacy, economics, treachery, human suffering and redemption at a newly independent 19th century city-state in south west Nigeria, which came to be known as Abeokuta.  A limited edition hardback version of Formation is now available for pre-order! Please go to nigeria-formation.com to get one of them. Your copy will be posted to you in October if you are ordering from Nigeria and early 2021 if you're ordering from outside Nigeria.  If you like this podcast, please consider leaving us a review at ratethispodcast.com/formation so other people get to discover it, too!  Don't forget you can also leave us a message at anchor.fm/ngeriaformation/message and we will play your message in the next episode. 
26:02
July 19, 2020
FORMATION: The Caliphate In Session
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss the aftermath of Usman Dan Fodio's revolution and what was the governing reality for the large new state, both for the leaders of the caliphate and the people they governed. They also take a number of questions from listeners about the last episode. 
26:53
July 5, 2020
FORMATION: Son of the Jurist
In this episode, Fola and Feyi discuss one of the biggest and most consequential characters in Nigeria's Formation - Usman Dan Fodio, the son of the jurist. Why did his own revolution succeed and not those who tried before or after him? What is Dan Fodio's legacy today and how should Nigerians remember him? The authors also answer some of the questions sent in by listeners about the first episode on the River Niger. 
23:48
June 21, 2020
F O R M A T I O N - River of Rivers
Fola Fagbule and Feyi Fawehinmi discuss the main theme in the opening chapter of their forthcoming book FORMATION: The Making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation The River Niger is the central defining geographical feature of West Africa. In simple historical terms, the River is the raison d’etre for the existence of the eponymous country. The River was an important ancient transportation artery which led to its political, economic and cultural importance for Nigeria.  In this podcast, the authors explore the following themes around the opening chapter What fascinating new insights they gained into the subject of the River Niger while researching the book Some examples of peoples and places in the world that have been shaped by a domineering river around them The most commonly misunderstood (or least known) fact or set of facts about the River and its influence in the Formation of modern Nigeria How important is the River, still, today? What does the current state of the River say about the future of Nigeria? To leave us a voice message, please go to https://anchor.fm/nigeriaformation/message Please leave your name in your message and where you live. We will play some of your messages in the next episode and answer your questions.  You can also continue the conversation by tagging us on twitter at @doubleeph and @folaagbule. Please also use the hashtag #FormationNG
22:35
June 14, 2020