Nigeria and Cameroon under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1887-1962

Annual departmental reports relating to Nigeria and the British Cameroons, 1887-1962

Annual departmental reports relating to Nigeria and the British Cameroons, 1887-1962

Any ethnic group within an existing Region can join a neighbouring Region if the majority of such ethnic group desire it and provided that the Region which it seeks to join is willing to accept it
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See Nigeria grow from Lagos Colony to become an Independent country

This collection contains annual reports compiled by successive British colonial administrations in Nigeria and Cameroon. The documents cover the period from the establishment of the Colony and Protectorate of Lagos to the creation of an independent Nigerian state. The Annual Departmental Reports are therefore a useful resource for those who wish to study the development and eventual dissolution of British imperialism in West Africa. The reports are divided into ten sections for convenience. These are Administration, Finance, Judicial and Police, Natural Resources, Social Services, Transport and Public Works, Communications and Post Office Savings, Commerce, Miscellaneous, and reports relating to the British Cameroons.

Note: (1) This collection is intended to complement an earlier British Online Archives volume entitled ‘Nigeria, 1862-1945’, which is part of the ‘Colonial Africa in Statistics, 1821-1953’ collection; (2) further information on the Annual Departmental Reports relating to Nigeria and the British Cameroons can be found in the guide to the microfilm edition, written by David C. Dorward. 


Nigeria and Cameroon under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1887-1962...

Containing 81,604 pages belonging to 92 documents housed in 10 volumes...

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Administration, 1899-1960

The administrative reports were intended primarily for the information of the Governor and for limited distribution within the Nigerian Colonial...

Finance, 1904-1960

Audits, Estimates and other financial reports provide a wealth of quantifiable information and statistics on the allocation of resources by...

Judicial and Police, 1899-1960

The maintenance of 'law and order' was regarded by the colonial government of Nigeria to be one of its principal...

Natural Resources, 1887-1960

Natural Resources, as a category, contains a clear emphasis upon Agriculture, Forestry, and the Geological Survey. Within these areas, highlights...


  • These reports are arranged by the departments which they cover within Nigeria and Cameroon. Comparing the data in them shows how each area of government has changed over the years.
  • These papers cover World War One and World War Two as well as the social services in these colonies before independence.
  • Nigerian institutions changed to meet the demands of a colony moving towards independence. See how the changes affected the structure of the government after World War Two.
  • Annual Departmental Reports differ from Blue Books of Statistics because they include explanations of why the statistics are at the levels recorded.
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