Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The territory was at the centre of the slave trade in the 18th century. The port of Lagos was annexed by Britain in Aug. 1861. Growing British involvement in the Lagos hinterland and in the Niger Delta led to the chartering of the Royal Niger Company which established its own political administration over a wide territory. On 1 Jan. 1900 the Royal Niger Company transferred its territory to the British Crown. The ‘colony and protectorate of Nigeria’ was created in 1914. Africans were excluded from political power until the end of the Second World War. Full independence was achieved by the Federation of Nigeria on 1 Oct. 1960 and it became a republic on 1 Oct. 1963.


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Further Reading

  1. Achebe, C., The Trouble with Nigeria. Heinemann, 1983Google Scholar
  2. Adamolekun, L., Politics and Administration in Nigeria. Ibadan, 1986Google Scholar
  3. Burns, A., History of Nigeria. 8th ed. London, 1978Google Scholar
  4. Crowder, M. and Abdullahi, G., Nigeria: an Introduction to its History. London, 1979Google Scholar
  5. Forrest, T., Politics and Economic Development in Nigeria. Boulder (CO), 1993Google Scholar
  6. Myers, R. A., Nigeria. [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1989Google Scholar
  7. Oyovbaine, S. E., Federalism in Nigeria: A Study in the Development of the Nigerian State. London, 1985Google Scholar

Further information

  1. Nigeria High Commission Library, London WC2, UKGoogle Scholar
  2. National statistical office: Federal Office of Statistics.Google Scholar

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  • Barry Turner

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