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France vs Nigeria

Posted by RB Kollannur on June 30, 2014

Most of us became familiar with everything French while we were young, thanks to that very creative comic series called Asterix by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Ironically, the Asterix and his fellow Gauls were completely different from the French who live there now. The Franks, as they were then called, were one of the many German tribes that settled in a collapsing western Roman empire.  They were also the first German nation to accept Catholicism, while the others remained Arian.

Nigeria is one of the largest and the most populous regions in Africa, especially with the oil rivers of River Niger. Curiously, this large delta was one of the last places that the Europeans set for colonizing. French and British were among the first to set up companies to colonize the area. But in 1884, the French had to shut shop unable to match the financial backing of their across-the-channel rivals. The next year in Berlin, Europeans decided on an all out conquest of Africa.  With Britain having the upper hand in Nigeria, French lost all subsequent say in the area.

Incidentally, France had conquered pretty much the entirety of  West Africa by 1900 and for most part, Nigeria was encircled by the French. Hopefully, that won’t happen in the game.


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