Sir Albert Ernest Kitson KBE.

After his initial work in Victoria, Kitson spent much of his subsequent professional life in Africa. Recognising his geological talents Professor J. W. Gregory recommended him for a post as Principal mineral surveyor in Southern Nigeria where he went on to discover coal and lignite. In 1909 he discovered black bituminous coal along the Enugu-Udi…

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QUEEN ELIZABETH’S VISIT TO NIGERIA 1956.

DATE:February 1 1956:

The scene in the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives,at Lagos,during the visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh /original photo.

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Nigerian Government Steam Yacht “Ivy” in 1904

This 1904 image of the crew members on the Nigerian Government Yacht, was taken during a trip from London to the Canary Islands in August/September 1904. That year “after being in commission for 3 1/2 years [the yacht] was sent home for repairs, the cost of which amounted to over £12, 500. The annual upkeep…

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Kashim Ibrahim.

Shettima Kashim Ibrahim (10 June 1910 – 25 July 1990) was a Kanuri politician who was head of the Native Administration in Borno and was a minister for Social Services in the 1950s. He held the traditional title of Waziri of the Emirate of Borno after two previous Waziris had been forced to resign as…

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Diobu, Ikwerre August 27th, 1958

The Chiefs of Diobu, Ikwerre tribe, Rivers Province, Nigeria. August 27, 1958. On the occasion of their protest against the Minorities Commission Report.

Sourced from: The National Archives UK

LAGOS LAWN TENNIS CLUB HISTORY.

The Lagos Lawn tennis Club (LLTC) was established in 1895 by Lord Lugard, so the club existed before the Amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorate of Nigeria in 1914. The club was an all white club located in the heart of Lagos. This probably explained the formation of the Yoruba Club not too far…

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Herman Landis baptizing leper colony in Nigeria

A major institution of the mission, the Leprosarium at Virgwi, near Garkida, was first called a “leper colony.” It was founded in 1929 by American Brethren physician R.L. Robertson, in cooperation with American Leprosy Missions. Dr. Robertson began work at Virgwi on Sept. 7, 1929, but died just two years later of yellow fever in…

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SOUTH NIGERIAN REGIMENT 1902

Four Hausa Gun Carriers of the South Nigerian Regiment at the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1902 by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone (died 1914), given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1974.

Jack de Manio (BBC ANCHOR MAN FOR 1956 ROYAL VISIT TO NIGERIA).

Jack de Manio (Giovanni Batista de Manio) MC and Bar (26 January 1914 – 28 October 1988) was a British journalist, best known as a radio presenter. De Manio’s career nearly crashed in 1956 when he was duty announcer for the BBC’s Home Service. A major radio feature, The Land of the Niger, was broadcast…

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Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) Headdress

This type of headdress was worn by troops serving with Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF). This formation included The Nigeria Regiment, The Gold Coast Regiment, The Sierra Leone Battalion and The Gambia Company. These units were subsequently absorbed into the newly independent armed forces of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia respectively when…

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Nigeria 1916.

General Cunliffe, G.O.C. Nigerian Brigade, inspecting a Guard of Honour of 3rd Battalion Nigeria Regiment, just before embarking for G.E.A., Calabar, November 27th, 1916.

Sourced from: Alfred Yates.
Newcastle Upon Thyne.

Sir Richmond Palmer Government House, Kaduna 1926

Sir Herbert Richmond Palmer KCMG CBE (18 April 1877 – 22 May 1958) was an English barrister, who became a colonial supervisor for Britain during the inter-World War period. He served as a Lieutenant Governor in Nigeria, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of The Gambia and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Cyprus. Palmer spent the greater part of…

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Norman Alfred Pannell

Norman Alfred Pannell, FCIS (17 April 1901 – 8 March 1976) was a British finance manager and politician who became a Liverpool Conservative Party Member of Parliament. He was known as one of the strongest supporters of restrictions on immigration, but his campaign ended when he lost his seat in 1964. Pannell attended Sir George…

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1902 IMAGE PATEGI NIGERIA

Long before Boko Haram, Dissenters were driven to the bring in northern Nigeria. Historical context for BH. White missionaries meeting a medicine man with his ‘trained hyena’ in Pategi, c. 1902

LOCALS VISIT NIGERIAN REGIMENT KADUNA 1945

Local leaders visit the Nigeria Regiment Training Centre at Zaria, Northern Nigeria. Left to right: Shehu Bukari (Member of the Northern House of Assembly), Lieutenant Colonel A H Wenham (Officer Commanding Nigeria Regiment Training Centre, Zaria), the Shehu of Bornu and the Waziri of Bornu.

Snake Man Potions in 1970s Nigeria

This price list is from “The Head of Snake Chairman” visiting a Shell camp in 1970s Warri in Nigeria. The many exotic potions listed include “Medicine for Promotion”, “To prevent bad Juju”, “To go in contact with woman and no disease”, “Medicine to catch Thieves” and more. The piece comes from a collection donated by…

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JAMES CHURCHILL VAUGHAN 30TH MAY 1893-1937

Vaughan was born in Lagos on 30 May 1893, the son of James Wilson Vaughan. His father was a prosperous Lagos merchant. He was among the first set of scholars at King’s College, Lagos when it was founded in 1909. Vaughan and Isaac Ladipo Oluwole were the two first Nigerian students at the University of…

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