This historic photo of Lagos on Nigeria's amalgamation day

Lord Lugard declared the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria in 1914, thus creating present-day Nigeria.

Now, there is no doubt about the historical importance of the 1914 amalgamation in Nigeria’s history. It was the first time that the British colonial administration in Nigeria tried to bring the culturally diverse people of Nigeria together under one central colonial administration.

Without the amalgamation, Nigeria would not have developed or emerged as one country. Instead, we would now have two, or possibly three, different countries.

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