Nigeria Protectorates (now part of Nigeria)

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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).

Before Independence, Nigeria was made up of three different territories - the Nigerian Colony, the Nigeria Protectorates and Northern Cameroon.

From Independence on the 01.06.1961 up until the present day, Nigeria was an independent Commonwealth country.

For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through your birth (or a parent's birth) in a British Protectorate coupled with a UK-born grandparent, watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

Birth in Protectorate and UK-born grandparent

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.