'Journey of an African Colony' is a detailed telling of Nigeria's journey to independence

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A screenshot from doccie series 'Journey of an African Colony ' that unearths hidden truths about Nigeria's past. (Netflix)
A screenshot from doccie series 'Journey of an African Colony ' that unearths hidden truths about Nigeria's past. (Netflix)

On 1 October 2020 Nigeria celebrated 60 years of independence from Great Britain’s colonial rule. To examine the validity of referring to this day as one of “independence”, historian Olasupo Shasore’s documentary series Journey of an African Colony premiered on Netflix in the early hours of the first day of October. 

The series is based on Shasore’s books; A Platter of Gold: Making Nigeria as well as Possessed: A History of Law & Justice in the Crown Colony of Lagos 1861 - 1906.  

A Platter of Gold unearths the unknown ways in which a group of elites continue to inherit Nigeria, as though its resources and riches are served to them on a platter, while Possessed reveals hidden accounts, court evidence, testimonies and papers of enquiry showing how colonisation employed “law and justice” to achieve pillaging Nigeria as well as how this continues today. 

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