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The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Eke40seven(m): 8:38pm On Jun 20, 2015
I was going through an old textbook written by Akin L Mobogunje (prof.) in 1968 titled, "Urbanisation in Nigeria" and stumbled upon interesting bits of information about the population of Lagos which I will like to share here......Other Lagos born Nigerians like me will find it interesting. It shows that Lagos have been multi ethnic and diverse from the inception of her growth to prominence and her rise to the status of a modern metropolis cannot be attributed to a single group.
The following are excerpts from the book.....

“The important aspect of the large number of immigrants into Lagos during this period is the diversity of ethnic groups. Before 1931 no figures are given of Yoruba immigrants, although it is known that they are considerable. Table 37 however, shows that in 1931 and 1950 they were the most important single group of immigrants. Within the Yoruba area, the source region of most of these immigrants comprised the Colony, Abeokuta, Ijebu, Ondo, Oyo and Ilorin Provinces…..”
Check the first and second picture to examine the growth pattern of the Abeokuta and Oyo provinces and contrast with that of Ijebu.
“Nonetheless, although the total number of Yoruba immigrants had risen by 85% between 1931 and 1950, the rise in the case of Non Yoruba had been of the order of 115%. Non-Yoruba immigrants are divided into three classes namely natives of Nigeria, Africans and non-Africans. Among the natives of Nigeria, the most important ethnic group represented in Lagos were the Ibo, the Ijaw, the Edo and the Hausa….”
Check the table in the 3rd picture
“The most striking fact from the table is the phenomenal rise of the number of Ibo from less than 300 in 1911 to nearly 26,000 by 1950. Nearly half of the Ibo came from the single province of Owerri, while less than 15% came from Ogoja and Rivers provinces………………………………………………………………………..it is however noteworthy that the major influx of Ibo into Lagos began just before 1931, about the time when the eastern line of the railway was completed from Port Harcourt, through the Ibo country, to join the western line at Kaduna. Both the Ijaw and the Edo maintained their relative position during the period……….The position of the Hausa immigrants is most greatly curious. Throughout the period they showed little change in their total number although their relative position declined”

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by hakeem4(m): 8:39pm On Jun 20, 2015
Okay
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Sunnybobo3(m): 9:11pm On Jun 20, 2015
Interesting.

Cc: Lalasticlala

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Nobody: 9:26pm On Jun 20, 2015
Sunnybobo3:
Interesting.
Cc: Lalasticlala
what won't you guys do to claim lagos?
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by baralatie(m): 9:34pm On Jun 20, 2015
I need to read that book
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Ihuomadinihu: 9:35pm On Jun 20, 2015
juicee1:
what won't you guys do to claim lagos?
And who is claming Lagos here? The op just revealed something we should all be aware of!

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by docsholz(m): 9:40pm On Jun 20, 2015
And how is this relevant
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by hucienda: 9:41pm On Jun 20, 2015
From the archives.
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by tpiander: 9:42pm On Jun 20, 2015
Interesting.
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by kettykin: 9:46pm On Jun 20, 2015
Both yorubas and non yorubas migrated into lagos

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Nobody: 9:49pm On Jun 20, 2015
Waiting for the children of hate and anger from Southwest to invade this thread ......

With their bigotry

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by LAGrejectIBO: 9:54pm On Jun 20, 2015
Now we see why Iboland was never developed. In twenty years, from 1930 to 51....., 257,000 of them abandoned home for Yorubaland.

It was even worse than that after the war and millions of starving Ibos trekked across the land and forest to find refuge in Yorubaland.

No more disputing the fact....now we need to ask, what is Ibo running from the East for?

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by IGBOSON2: 10:03pm On Jun 20, 2015
LAGrejectIBO:
Now we see why Iboland was never developed. In twenty years, from 1930 to 51....., 257,000 of them abandoned home for Yorubaland.

It was even worse than that after the war and millions of starving Ibos trekked across the land and forest to find refuge in Yorubaland.

No more disputing the fact....now we need to ask, what is Ibo running from the East for?

^^^See this diseased bastard asking what Igbo were doing in Lagos! Fool, same thing Yoruba are doing in Abuja and even Port Harcourt!

If you want Igbo out of Lagos as your useless moniker suggests, why don't you start by calling for the dissolution of this mere geographical expression?.....And you can champion calls for Odua Republic as well while you're at it!

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by omazus: 10:04pm On Jun 20, 2015
I think this article put you where you belong IMMIGRANT.

LAGrejectIBO:
Now we see why Iboland was never developed. In twenty years, from 1930 to 51....., 257,000 of them abandoned home for Yorubaland.

It was even worse than that after the war and millions of starving Ibos trekked across the land and forest to find refuge in Yorubaland.

No more disputing the fact....now we need to ask, what is Ibo running from the East for?

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by StOla: 10:11pm On Jun 20, 2015
The Igbos need to leave their land to prosper. I hope they won't leave Biafra when they finally get it.

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by zenith4biz(m): 10:19pm On Jun 20, 2015
E pain am ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by EdCure: 10:28pm On Jun 20, 2015
Professor Akin Mabogunje, Africa's greatest authority in Urban Sociology.

Nuff respect!

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by meforyou1(m): 10:35pm On Jun 20, 2015
Confirms what I have been saying for a long time. Lagos is a no man's land. Yorubas migrated into it to like other tribes did

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by LAGrejectIBO: 11:25pm On Jun 20, 2015
meforyou1:
Confirms what I have been saying for a long time. Lagos is a no man's land. Yorubas migrated into it to like other tribes did

Should we call Anambra is not Iboland because Ibos from Aba and Owerri migrated to it, or is Enugu.no longer Iboland because Ibos from other regions migrated and settled there when it was popular for coal mining?

Port Harcourt has different ethnicities drawn there by oil industry, should Yorubas in Port Harcourt abandon their origin because of oil?

The under development of your land has nothing to do with war or marginalization.....as we now see from facts and data dating to prewar years, Iboland suffers from depletion in human and land resources.

260,000 Ibos migrated to Lagos in a period of twenty years......heck, what was your total population and what percentage of that migrated?

Remember, this is just for Lagos, the author did not invlude numbers for Kano....your other central target for refuge.

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by bigfrancis21: 11:34pm On Jun 20, 2015
Eke40seven:
I was going through an old textbook written by Akin L Mobogunje (prof.) in 1968 titled, "Urbanisation in Nigeria" and stumbled upon interesting bits of information about the population of Lagos which I will like to share here......Other Lagos born Nigerians like me will find it interesting.
The following are excerpts from the book.....

“The important aspect of the large number of immigrants into Lagos during this period is the diversity of ethnic groups. Before 1931 no figures are given of Yoruba immigrants, although it is known that they are considerable. Table 37 however, shows that in 1931 and 1950 they were the most important single group of immigrants. Within the Yoruba area, the source region of most of these immigrants comprised the Colony, Abeokuta, Ijebu, Ondo, Oyo and Ilorin Provinces…..”
Check the first and second picture to examine the growth pattern of the Abeokuta and Oyo provinces and contrast with that of Ijebu.
“Nonetheless, although the total number of Yoruba immigrants had risen by 85% between 1931 and 1950, the rise in the case of Non Yoruba had been of the order of 115%. Non-Yoruba immigrants are divided into three classes namely natives of Nigeria, Africans and non-Africans. Among the natives of Nigeria, the most important ethnic group represented in Lagos were the Ibo, the Ijaw, the Edo and the Hausa….”
Check the table in the 3rd picture
“The most striking fact from the table is the phenomenal rise of the number of Ibo from less than 300 in 1911 to nearly 26,000 by 1950. Nearly half of the Ibo came from the single province of Owerri, while less than 15% came from Ogoja and Rivers provinces………………………………………………………………………..it is however noteworthy that the major influx of Ibo into Lagos began just before 1931, about the time when the eastern line of the railway was completed from Port Harcourt, through the Ibo country, to join the western line at Kaduna. Both the Ijaw and the Edo maintained their relative position during the period……….The position of the Hausa immigrants is most greatly curious. Throughout the period they showed little change in their total number although their relative position declined”



The images are not clear. Could you please retake clear pictures and repost the images?
Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Nobody: 11:44pm On Jun 20, 2015
Things like this are truly front page material. But Op in other to improve your writeup I suggest you make an argument...what do you want the reader to take away, can you present this information in such way that it promotes more discussion in line with your initial aim for sharing it. When you shared this info you had an aim, maybe you can shape your argument in line with that aim. for now it's nice information.

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Nobody: 12:01am On Jun 21, 2015
LAGrejectIBO:
Now we see why Iboland was never developed. In twenty years, from 1930 to 51....., 257,000 of them abandoned home for Yorubaland.

It was even worse than that after the war and millions of starving Ibos trekked across the land and forest to find refuge in Yorubaland.

No more disputing the fact....now we need to ask, what is Ibo running from the East for?

Hmm, from your lack of numeracy skills I can safely assume you're a product of poor quality free education. God knows where you pulled the 257 000 from, but i'll just throw your words right back at you:

Now we see why Yorubaland was never developed. In twenty years from 1931 to 1951, 130 853 of them abandoned home for Lagos.

It was an even greater number than that of the Igbo people seeking new opportunities in Lagos after the end of their war for self determination.

No more disputing the fact....now we need to ask, what where these great number of Yoruba people running away from in Yorubaland?

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Eke40seven(m): 1:04am On Jun 21, 2015
bigfrancis21:


The images are not clear. Could you please retake clear pictures and repost the images?

Done! I just hope this one is much clearer
AfricanGod2:
Things like this are truly front page material. But Op in other to improve your writeup I suggest you make an argument...what do you want the reader to take away, can you present this information in such way that it promotes more discussion in line with your initial aim for sharing it. When you shared this info you had an aim, maybe you can shape your argument in line with that aim. for now it's nice information.
Okay thanks..I have modified a bit, I originally didn't want to make the post too long neither did I want to follow a particular line of argument so that I won't sound biased. The information on the picture have a lot of dimensions so I wanted the reader to assess it from their own point of view and make deductions from what they found out.
Good suggestion though...

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by royalcatier: 2:58am On Jun 21, 2015
Those children only come from the east!

Btw, stop playing Yoruba gig!

Euro31:
Waiting for the children of hate and anger from Southwest to invade this thread ......

With their bigotry

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by royalcatier: 3:09am On Jun 21, 2015
What you guys don't get in your blocked heads is there's a difference between Yoruba moving from one corner to another within Yorubaland and you ibos completely deserting your land for Yorubaland. It's like comparing moving from living room to the dining area of your house with moving from your house to the neighbor's! You see ibo logic

We Yoruba are at home in every state within our region and see you as outsiders.

AfricanGod2:


Hmm, from your lack of numeracy skills I can safely assume you're a product of poor quality free education. God knows where you pulled the 257 000 from, but i'll just throw your words right back at you:

Now we see why Yorubaland was never developed. In twenty years from 1931 to 1951, 130 853 of them abandoned home for Lagos.

It was an even greater number than that of the Igbo people seeking new opportunities in Lagos after the end of their war for self determination.

No more disputing the fact....now we need to ask, what where these great number of Yoruba people running away from in Yorubaland?

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Nobody: 3:09am On Jun 21, 2015
kettykin:
Both yorubas and non yorubas migrated into lagos
how can Yoruba's migrate to Lagos when yorubas(awori and Ijebu) are natives

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by OoduaVanguard: 3:11am On Jun 21, 2015
I really don't get the point the OP is trying to make with this. Lagos is in the SW region therefore it's a no-brainer that Yorubas would naturally move around within their region -- same way it'll be natural for an Imo state man to freely move around within other SE igbo states.

Igbos and other ethnic groups only started migrating to Lagos in droves since the amalgamation, while the territory has always been within the natural Yoruba environment/ habitat and sphere of influence, even long before the advent of the Europeans.

Yoruba history is deeply embedded in Lagos, so much so that there are lineages of kingship that stretch back into centuries. Can the same be said of any other group in Lagos asides the Yorubas?

During the civil war there were virtually no Igbos in Lagos coz they all ran off to their real home where they truly belong -- the SE. They only started returning again after the war -- which goes to show that Lagos was never really their home to begin with, they are only in Las gidi to hustle and when shyt hits the fan they know where they truly belong.

Why can't igbos build their own version or replica of Lagos in the East instead of trying to lay claim to it?? Or must you people move to Lagos to make it in life? Na wah for Una o.

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Nobody: 3:15am On Jun 21, 2015
OoduaVanguard:
I really don't get the point the OP is trying to make with this. Lagos is in the SW region therefore it's a no-brainer that Yorubas would naturally move around within their region -- same way it'll be natural for an Imo state man to freely move around within other SE igbo states.

Igbos and other ethnic groups only started migrating to Lagos in droves since the amalgamation, while the territory has always been within the natural Yoruba environment/ habitat and sphere of influence, even long before the advent of the Europeans.

Yoruba history is deeply embedded in Lagos, so much so that there are lineages of kingship that stretch back into centuries. Can the same be said of any other group in Lagos asides the Yorubas?

During the civil war there were virtually no Igbos in Lagos coz they all ran off to their real home where they truly belong -- the SE. They only started returning again after the war -- which goes to show that Lagos was never really their home to begin with, they are only in Las gidi to hustle and when shyt hits the fan they know where they truly belong.

Why can't igbos build their own version or replica of Lagos in the East instead of trying to lay claim to it?? Or must you people move to Lagos to make it in life? Na wah for Una o.
You haven't read "chike and the river". Chike said Lagos was next to London grin

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by LAGrejectIBO: 3:29am On Jun 21, 2015
AfricanGod2:


Hmm, from your lack of numeracy skills I can safely assume you're a product of poor quality free education. God knows where you pulled the 257 000 from, but i'll just throw your words right back at you:

Now we see why Yorubaland was never developed. In twenty years from 1931 to 1951, 130 853 of them abandoned home for Lagos.

It was an even greater number than that of the Igbo people seeking new opportunities in Lagos after the end of their war for self determination.

No more disputing the fact....now we need to ask, what where these great number of Yoruba people running away from in Yorubaland?



There is no point disputing facts with people that have no pride in their own ancestry and land.

Yoruba commonwealth is at home in Lagos, in Abeokuta, in Ado, in Akure, Ibadan, Ogbomoso, Osogbo, Ilorin.

Where is Ibo commonwealth....in Lagos cheesy cheesy

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by OoduaVanguard: 4:05am On Jun 21, 2015
LAGrejectIBO:



There is no point disputing facts with people that have no pride in their own ancestry and land.

Yoruba commonwealth is at home in Lagos, in Abeokuta, in Ado, in Akure, Ibadan, Ogbomoso, Osogbo, Ilorin.

Where is Ibo commonwealth....in Lagos cheesy cheesy

They are a very funny bunch, I tell you. In 1950, Lagos population was 230,256 compared to ibadan's 452,196 (almost double) around the same time. In 1963, Ibadan had 627,380 compared to Lagos' 655,246 in the same year. Today, Oyo state is officially in the top 5 states with the highest population in Nigeria. From these figures it's obvious that Lagos isn't the only preferred major urban center for Yoruba settlement in the SW.

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Gravanno: 4:49am On Jun 21, 2015

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Re: The Indigenous Ethnic Composition Of Lagos (1911-1950) by Nobody: 5:08pm On Jun 21, 2015
royalcatier:
What you guys don't get in your blocked heads is there's a difference between Yoruba moving from one
corner to another within Yorubaland and you ibos completely deserting your land for Yorubaland. It's like comparing moving from living room to the dining area of your house with moving from your house to the neighbor's! You see ibo logic

We Yoruba are at home in every state within our region and see you as outsiders.


Of course there's a difference, and of course you Yoruba are at home in every state in your region, but just like you don't see a difference between moving from one corner of Yorubaland to another, Igbo people dont see a difference between moving from one corner to another within the new Igbo land - Nigeria. It's no longer new actually, it's been their land for about a 100 years and will continue to be so until Igbo people are no longer Nigerians or Nigeria ceases to exist.

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