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Title:The Lagos Chamber of Commerce, 1888-1903
Author:Hopkins, A.G.
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:chambers of commerce
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
Abstract:With regard to the assumptions that the present Lagos Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1888 and that it began as a European body and only recently opened its doors to African businessmen bot the printed (all the records relating to the Chamber's nearly history were destroyed in 1946) and the spoken word are in error. By using material in the newspapers and in the records of the Colonial Government, a rather more accurate (though still imcomplete) story can be told. The evidence presented here leads to two main conclusions: there was a Chamber from 1888 till 1890: a second Chamber existed from 1890 till 1895; in the middle of 1897 a nes Chamber was organised which is still in existence. The Chamber did not begin as an European body; all three Chambers of Commerce had African members until 1903 when almost complete European dominance began. having no real power of its own the Lagos Chamber of Commerce was not a significant pressure group. Its history reflects a major change in the economic and political balance in Nigeria as a whole. Notes.