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Title:The Lagos branch of the National Congress of British West Africa
Author:Olusanya, G.O.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Geographic terms:English-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subject:national liberation movements
Abstract:The idea of organizing a NCBWA was conceived in 1913 by Dr Akinwande Savage of Nigeria (then resident on the Gold Coast) and Casely Hayford, a Gold Coast barrister. What influenced them was the need for an effective body cutting across the four British territories of Nigeria, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Gambia, able to put forward demands and adequately express the aspirations of the educated West Africans. The idea, however, did not find ready acceptance. Despite this lack of enthusiasm on the part of many West Africans, Savage and Casely Hayford began actively to publicize the idea and to plant it gradually in the minds of the people. In 1915 Savage returned home to Nigeria and began popularizing the idea in Lagos. In 1918 a local Committee was instituted which however proved to be unable to function properly. In 1920 the NCBWA was inaugurated in Accra. Its Lagos branch began active life on 16 October 1920. Meeting opposition from several sides, by 1930 the general body and the Lagos branch were in the last throes of their existence. Notes.