1918-1939 History of West Africa Independence
since 1960






Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, 1939-1960



World War II broke out in 1939. Nigeria, being far from the theatres of battle, was not affected so much, except the connections with the motherland Britain strained by German submarine warfare.
In 1947 a new constitution was passed, which ensured much wider African political representation in the country's regional assemblies, replaced by yet another constitution in 1954. Regional self government was introduced in 1956, Nigerian self-government in 1959, independence proclaimed in 1960.






EXTERNAL
FILES
Timeline of Nigerian History, from Nigeria Exchange
History of Nigeria, from Infoplease
History of Lagos, from Cyber Schoolbus
DOCUMENTS
REFERENCE Chapter 36 : Introduction to British West Africa, pp.735-745, 37 : Complexities and Achievements in Nigeria, pp.746-764; 38 : Nigeria - its Inflammatory Politics, pp.765-775; 39 : The Nigerian North, pp.776-789, in : John Gunther, Inside Africa, NY : Harper & Bros. (1953) 1955 [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1944 pp.131-132, 1945 pp.129-130, 1946 pp.151-152, 1947 pp.154-155, 1948 pp.142-143, 1949 pp.126-128, 1950 pp.130-131, 1951 pp.126-127, 1952 pp.125-126, 1953 pp.125-126, 1954 pp.125-127, 1955 pp.184-185, 1956 pp.123-124 [G]
Article Nigeria, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1957 pp.559-560 (on events of 1956) [G]
Article Nigeria, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1958 pp.498-499 (on events of 1957) [G]
Article Nigeria, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1959 pp.496-497 (on events of 1958) [G]
Article Nigeria, Federation of, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1960 pp.493-494 (on events of 1959) [G]
Article : West Africa : Nigeria, in : Statesman's Year Book 1943 pp.241-245 [G]
Article : Nigeria, in : Americana Annual 1943 p.550 (on events of 1942) [G]
Article : Nigeria, in : Americana Annual 1944 p.527 (on events of 1943) [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : Americana Annual 1945 pp.117-119 (on events of 1944) [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : Americana Annual 1946 pp.126-129 (on events of 1945) [G]
Article : British West Africa, in : Americana Annual 1947 pp.103-104 (on events of 1946) [G]
Article : British West Africa - Nigeria, in : Americana Annual 1957 pp.105-108 (on events of 1956) [G]



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