West Africa Study Circle

Documents which are related to Nigeria and the Cameroons, offered by WASC members

Scans of Nigeria Post & Telegraphs Annual Reports 1915-1938, 1950, and 1959-1963. Also here is some information about Nigerian postal charges in 1921, 1923 and 1932.
Courtesy of Michael Wright, who had copies of the reports, and Rob May, who scanned them, the linked page allows downloading of searchable PDFs of reports for each of these years.

Lagos and Southern Nigeria Annual Reports on the Postal Department
From the archives of Jack Ince, also scanned by Rob May, the reports for several years are here as PDFs.

Annual Colonial Reports
Niger Coast 1899, Southern Nigeria 1900, Nigeria 1920.

Nigeria Postal Regulations 1917 and Post Office Ordinance 1928
A PDF for the first is here and for the second is here.

Bob Maddocks Cameroons Covers
This 101-page file contains some of the background materials that Bob Maddocks used in the preparation of his 1996 publication, The Postal Arrangements of the Anglo-French Cameroons Expeditionary Force 1914-1916.  The file consists primarily of covers, postmarks and cachets associated with both the British and the French contingents of the C.E.F. Also included  are some illustrations and correspondence. Thanks are extended to Peter Hørlyck for scanning the material so that collectors, postal historians and others may benefit from Bob's research.

Nominal roll of the British share of the CEF contingent in Cameroons in WW1
This 16-page PDF was copied by Bob Maddocks at the National Archives with reference WO.158/5/30. Annotations and page 16 are by Bob himself.

Nigeria King George VI period postage rates
This document was gathered together by our late member Nigel Lutwyche. Some of the information has appeared in issues of Cameo and is reproduced here with some information that had not been previously published by WASC.

Nigeria Postal Service Post Office Guide 2009 and Postal Tariffs 2001
The 2009 Guide was scanned by Eddy Akpan in Calabar, organised further and translated to PDF by Peter Hørlyck and Paul Redhead; many thanks to each of those members. The PDF is not currently searchable.
The 2001 Tariff booklet was also photographed by Eddy Akpan.

NIGERIA Cancellations
Note also that WASC member Paul Redhead has collated information on Nigerian postmarks from various sources and continues to update it. His lists are online.

NIGERIA Envelopes, Postcards and Booklets 1914-1936
This description and listing was produced in 1983 by our late member Neville Jones and circulated within WASC only. It is the most complete document we currently have on these items, although more recent research has identified a small number of errors in the document. In due course we are expecting a new publication about the postal stationery.