Nevertheless, Nigeria’s expensive stamps might be a good long-term investment. Lagos, the nation’s capital, will soon become the world’s most populous city and may have 100 million residents by the end of the 21st century. If stamp collectors count for some small portion of these millions, prices will soar, especially for excellent used examples.
Even in 1914, the amalgamated colony’s population exceeded 17 million, of which only 2700 were European, of which only 1100 were colonial officials (according to “Colonial Report No. 920 – Nigeria, 1915”). Stamps were used, of course, mainly by the European population. Therefore, better used examples are scarce and command high prices.
Most of Nigeria’s classical era stamps have common British colonial designs. The only pictorial series, however, reveals Britain’s commercial aims for the colony – coco, tin, timber, palm oil, etc. The series begins, tellingly, with a cargo ship anchored at a wharf in the Lagos Lagoon. A Danish company now operates the wharf. The pictorial designs continued in use from the reign of George V through that of George VI. They portray a bucolic, prosperous utopia, rather unlike Nigeria’s burgeoning urban reality.
Scott #s 38 green, 39
rose carmine and 40 brown
Census: 38 in BB spaces, four on supplement page
In 1920, a portion of German Cameroon was mandated to Britain. and was absorbed into Nigeria.
The Capital is Lagos, and the population was 21,000,000 in 1941.
Nigeria became independent in 1960, although the country is still a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.