Tag Archives: colonialism

#Nigeria’s Nostalgia for the #British Empire

#Nigeria is one of the few countries in the world where people actually think of colonialism as a golden age” – why is this so?

Click here for a podcast discussion that @TheAfricaReport hosted with me, Barnaby Philips, and Funmi Adebayo regarding the legacy of colonialism in Nigeria.

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The British Empire in West Africa (Podcast)

Podcast interview with Dan Snow of on-demand History Channel History Hit regarding a part of the British Empire that rarely gets attention (West Africa/Nigeria). This podcast is a precis of how and why despite originally being called “The White Man’s Grave”, Britain conquered territories in that part of the world.


This Week in #NigerianHistory: #British Massacre in Satiru (Near Sokoto)

This week in #NaijaHistory: in February 1906 British troops of the West African Frontier Force (WAFF) killed 2000 people in the village of Satiru (near Sokoto) in #Nigeria, then destroyed and burned the village. The officer seated in the middle of this photo is Major Burdon, along with some Hausa soldiers of the WAFF.
#NigerianHistory Source: Charles Robinson

Nigeria’s Independence Day Celebrations – Videos on the Making of a Nation


October 1, 1960 – Independence Celebrations



Northern Nigeria Prepares for Independence


Southern Nigeria Prepares for Independence


A Nation was Born 100 Years Ago







The Berlin Conference: 1885: The Division of Africa




Nigeria’s First Elections – The Road to Independence


These videos are classics and chronicle Nigeria’s first elections – hotly contested by the Northern People’s Congress, National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, the Action Group and Northern Elements Progressive Union.  There is some wonderful archive footage here and interviews with the Sardauna of Sokoto Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo, Maitama Sule and a young Aminu Kano.





Even though 50+years old, the issues it highlights (cultural and religious differences between north and south) are still relevant today. The things that struck me most:


*The Sardauna’s complete disinterest in federal politics and focus on preserving the customs and integrity of the north. When asked whether he would become Nigeria’s Prime Minister or Governor-General, the Sardauna replied: “I would rather live here amongst my people and carry my traditional title than an imported one.” 


*Azikiwe’s lack of partisan political ambition – saying it did not matter which of he, Balewa and Awolowo became Prime Minister.*The Sardauna’s irritation with Awolowo’s brash campaigning and desecration of northern traditions by hovering over/dropping leaflets on the Emir’s palace.




This is a must view. Enjoy!



Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary (October 1): Memories of a Colonial Officer

Memories from Nigeria’s early days. This time from a British colonial officer who formerly worked in Nigeria. Article below and an undio interview of his memories in Nigeria: