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Before Independence, Nigeria was made up of three different territories.

From Independence on the 01.10.1960 up until the present day, Nigeria was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

Nigerian Colony

From 1861 until 31.12.1948, the Nigerian Colony fell within the British Crown  Dominions.

From 01.01.1949 until 30.09.1960, it was part of the UK and Colonies. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

Nigeria Protectorate(s)

From 1884 until 30.09.1960, these areas were British Protectorates. Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).

Northern Cameroon

From 20.07.1922 until 12.12.1946, Northern Cameroon was a UK Mandated Territory.

From 12.12.1946 until 31.05.1961, it was a UK Trust Territory.


Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth. is a subsidiary of Sable International.

Sable International offers a range of services relating to UK and Australian immigration. For over 20 years, we have been helping people with their UK and Australian visa applications. We assist with applications for Ancestry visas, spouse visas, work visas, Tier 1 visas, UK working holiday visas, UK dependant visas, Tier 4 visas, UK Visitor visas, sponsorship visas or UK permanent residency or indefinite leave to remain. We also specialise in UK visa extensions. If you’ve overstayed your visa, our Overstayer Status Trace service can assist to regularise your visa status.