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Title:An administrative history of Ikorodu, 1894-1960
Author:Boge, Faruq Idowu
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review (ISSN 1596-5031)
Geographic term:Nigeria
local government
colonial history
Abstract:The fact that colonialism had an extensive impact on the socio-political and economic systems of African communities remains incontrovertible. Though different African states had established diverse traditional political systems prior to colonial rule, colonialism introduced the European model of public administration. In some areas, the British 'indirect rule' system, which was premised on administration through African leaders and educated elites, modified the pre-colonial political structures. Colonialism also restructured the pre-existing geographical composition of various African kingdoms. This study examines the administrative structure of Ikorodu, Nigeria, during the colonial era. The paper presents a historical analysis of the administrative machinery, organisational structure, and territorial delimitations of Ikorodu during colonialism. It concludes that colonial rule was a precursor to the administrative structure and geographical demarcation of today's Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]