Lies, Damn Lies and Census Figures (Redux)
Feyi Fawehinmi
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Feyi Fawehinmi, this shit goes way back. Since you like work let me give you small…

The following are Nigeria’s population figures from 1920:

Northern Provinces
Bauchi — 854,904
Bornu — 759,341
Ilorin and Kabba — 576,914
Kano — 3,493,569
Kontagora — 187,493
Munshi — 776,471
Muri — 261,735
Nasarawa — 322,123
Nupe — 364,622
Sokoto — 1,722,182
Yola — 271,031
Zaria — 380,311

Southern Provinces
Abeokuta — 319,349
Benin — 403,148
Calabar — 974,434
Ijebu — 182,532
Lagos Colony— 225,098
Ogoja — 636,251
Ondo — 388,925
Onitsha — 1,493,945
Owerri — 1,975,784
Oyo — 1,085,485
Warri — 396,444

Cameroons
Bornu — 194,000
Yola — 67,669

*Southern Camroons (now part of Cameroon) — 294,161

Your assignment — plot these provinces against modern states and do a spreadsheet similar to what you have done. If you find the results interesting, I’ll get you similar figures for other censuses we have done. You will smile…