Egba United Government

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The Egba United Government (EUG) was a political entity in the late 19th century in what is today Nigeria. The Government was formally established by the Lagos Colony Governor - Mccallum at a meeting organised in 1898, by William Alfred Allen an Egba man who was the Colonial Government Agent in Abeokuta. William Alfred Allen was appointed the First Secretary to the Government by the Colonial government while the Egba rulers were given government portfolios.

The EUG was recognized by the British at the end of the Yoruba Civil Wars in 1893, thus making it one of Africa's legally existing nation-states (at least according to modern international law) to survive the scramble. Its independence did not last for long, however, as the nature of the government, which placed constraints on the power of the king, was antithetical to Frederick Lugard's vision of "indirect rule": he therefore had it dissolved under the pretext of the king and his chiefs "inviting" the British monarch to serve as their protector in the aftermath of a period of internal civil strife in the early part of the 20th century.


Canby, Courtlandt. The Encyclopedia of Historic Places. (New York: Facts of File Publicantions, 1984) p. 2