Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Degree Discipline



In light of the reaction of some Americans, some Africans, and some British writers there arise these questions: Firstly, is Nigeria ready for self-government despite the fact that some argue that there are yet very few educated persons in Nigeria and that to let Nigeria govern herself will be to hand over the mass of the Nigerian population to the small educated minority? Secondly, to what extent have constitutional changes paved the way for Nigeria's self-government? Thirdly, have the constitutional changes in Nigeria paved way to rapid developments in Nigeria? Finally, is the white man through in Nigeria.

This study covers the period from 1947 to 1954 along with the background of government of Nigeria from 1900 to 1946. From 1900 when the British took over the administration of Nigeria up to December 31, 1946, the system of government was Native Administration or Indirect Rule. The writer has chosen to begin with 1947 because of the Richards Constitution which was introduced in November 1946 but went into operation on January 1, 1947, marking out the system of Indirect Rule. This Constitutional change began the move toward Self-government. There were many changes in the Constitution in 1951 and 1954. The writer then closes with 1954 because this was the time the British and Nigerian leaders reached an agreement that there will not be any further Constitutional changes until 1956 at which time any region that wishes to get her Self-government may get it.

Committee Chair/Advisor

George Ruble Woolfolk

Committee Member

George Sinkler

Committee Member

A. B. Mills


Prairie View Agriculture and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View





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