Postage stamps and postal history of Nigeria

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A 1953 stamp of Nigeria

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Nigeria.

First stamps[edit]

The first stamps for the modern state of Nigeria were issued on 1 June 1914 following the amalgamation of all of the British colonies in the area (Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria).[1] The first stamps were the standard King George V Empire keytype, which was also previously used for the issues of Northern Nigeria.

Federation and Republic[edit]

The first issue of independent Nigeria was issued on 1 October 1960, following with a definitive issued on 1 January 1961. In 1963 Nigeria became a Republic within the British Commonwealth and a new definitive set was issued on 1 November 1965.

Cameroons U.K.T.T.[edit]

Between 1960 and 1961 Nigerian definitives of 1953-57 were overprinted "CAMEROONS/U.K.T.T." for use in Southern Cameroons. This issue was also valid for use in Northern Cameroons until it joined Nigeria. In 1961, Southern Cameroons became part of Cameroon.

Biafra[edit]

Between 30 May 1967 and 15 January 1970, the region of Biafra attempted to secede from Nigeria and issued their own postage stamps. Eventually, after a bloody civil war they rejoined Nigeria.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, p.312. ISBN 0-356-10862-7

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