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Nigeria Not Founded By A Scot..

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Hello all. I cant remember where I have seen or heard this - but I know that the Nigerian bid team make a great deal out of the fact that Nigeria was formed in 1914 under the governership of a Scotsman.

Well, turns out he aint Scottish.


Lord Lugard is English. That is what we learnt in school at an early age in Nigeria. Apparently, Gen Yakubu Gowon, the ex military ruler who heads the Abuja 2014 bid process, never listened during his history lessons. The Scot who is reverred as a Nigerian heroine is Mary Slessor, a 19th century missionary who lived amongst the local people in what is now South Eastern Nigeria and whose legacy is still hailed in Nigeria.

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