5 photos show Lagos during the colonial era

5 photos show Lagos during the colonial era

- As Nigeria readies to celebrate 60 years Independence Day anniversary, Legit.ng has put together five pictures that show Lagos in the colonial era

- The population of the state was way less than one million as at the time the pictures were taken

- At the centre of the pictures is that Lagos has always been a place favoured by many for commerce

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Amazing photos of Lagos state during the colonial time have re-surfaced and they are indeed time markers. It should be noted that Lagos was annexed by the British on Tuesday, August 6, 1861.

More than a decade after in 1872, Lagos turned into a relatively big city with over 60,000 people. Another thing worthy of note is that Lagos was the capital of the southern protectorate.

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According to Google Arts & Culture, Lagos state population was over 9 million as of 2011. Presently, there are reports that the population of the state is more than 14 million people and counting.

If you have ever been amazed by the economic valve of the nation, know that Lagos has always been a powerful state.

No wonder many trends always start from Lagos. As the country celebrates 60 years independence anniversary on Thursday, October 1, below are therefore five pictures showing the state during the colonial era.

1. A railway track showing a locomotive engine and coaches in colonial Lagos

A photo showing a railway with a train in Lagos.
Photo source: Google Arts & Culture

A photo showing a railway with a train in Lagos. Photo source: Google Arts & Culture
Source: UGC

2. A market scene in the state captured by a black and white camera.

So many people all in one space.
Photo source: Google Arts & Culture

So many people all in one space. Photo source: Google Arts & Culture
Source: UGC

3. A picture showing the old Carter Bridge.

A long bridge over a river in Lagos.
Photo source: Google Arts & Culture

A long bridge over a river in Lagos. Photo source: Google Arts & Culture
Source: UGC

4. A picture taken at Broadstreet in Lagos.

A street captured on camera.
Photo source: Google Arts & Culture

A street captured on camera. Photo source: Google Arts & Culture
Source: UGC

5. Lagos market scene captured in great detail as people display and hawk their wares.

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Another market scene in the state.
Photo source: Google Arts & Culture

Another market scene in the state. Photo source: Google Arts & Culture
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, facts showed the Benin Kingdom, one of the oldest cities in Africa, as one of the wonders of the world before the modern age.

The same media said that the wall of the kingdom was razed during the 1897 expedition, adding that the act really affected the history of Benin and the proof that there were African civilisations before modernism.

For more than four centuries, the walls were a fortress as it protected the people of Edo and their civilization.

Quoting Fred Pearce of New Scientist, it said that the walls were four times longer than China’s Great Wall.

“In all, they are four times longer than China’s Great Wall and have absorbed a hundred times more content than the Great Cheops Pyramid. It took an estimated 150 million hours of digging to create and is possibly the planet’s largest single archaeological phenomenon…,” he said.

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