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Title:Unofficial representation on Nigeria's executive council, 1886-1943
Author:Tamuno, Tekena N.
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Representation on the Executive Council by members who did not hold offices in the colony was delayed for a long period, as admission would automatically imply an unallowed membership of the inner circle of the Crown colony's system of government. While the Executive Council was established after the separation of Lagos from the Gold Coast in 1886, leading Africans and progressive colonial governors succeeded in passing through unofficial representation no sooner than in 1943. This paper gives a historical outline of the Colonial Office's unrealistic policy, which was aimed to exclude I'unsuitable' candidates from admission, surveys the very slow break-through in the 19305, which was effected by educated Africans among them the West African Students' Union, and describes the ultimate concession, which was the very first beginning of other concessions in the 1940s and 1950s. Ref.