Queen Amina to #EndSARS: An audio journey through Nigeria’s history
story story pod is a four-part audio series on forgotten Nigerian histories, transporting listeners through time using immersive storytelling and powerful soundscapes. Whilst shared through digital technology, the project is a modern iteration of Black oral storytelling, weaving histories together with music, proverbial wisdom, and folklore.
story story pod makes linkages between the past, present and future to educate audiences on Nigerian history. For instance, the Egba Women’s Revolt led by 10,000 women in Abeokuta is contextualised within wider resistant movements such as the Aba Women’s Protest and #EndSARS. The story of the Ogoni people who fought against environmental destruction caused by Shell in the Niger Delta is linked to a broader legacy of climate justice and environmental racism.
A critical understanding of history allows us to make sense of the present and understand ways to chart better futures. In light of issues like #EndSARS, climate change, and feminist movement building, story story pod is an artistic intervention to promote an engagement with Nigerian history that has largely been undocumented within Western epistemologies.
Part 1: The Ogoni Nine vs. Shell
Part 2: The enigmatic Queen Amina, 16th-century warrior and political strategist
Part 3: The 10,000 women of the Egba Revolt
Part 4: Festac ’77, the biggest pan-African party of its time