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The object which I have had in view in setting down these notes on administration in British tropical Africa is twofold.
In the first place, I have hoped to put before those who are
interested in the development of that part of the British
Empire beyond the seas for which Great Britain is directly
responsible, an outline of the system under which those re- sponsibOities have originated and are being discharged, and some idea of the nature of the problems confronting the local administrator. In the second place, in discussing these
problems I have ventured to make some few suggestions, as the result of experience, in the hope that they may be found
worthy of consideration by the ” men on the spot “—in so
far as the varying circumstances of our Crown colonies and
protectorates may render them in any degree applicable.
To Sir E. Speed, late Chief Justice of Nigeria, I am indebted
for having kindly overlooked the chapters on ” The Law
and Courts of Justice,” and those on the status of protectorates,
«&c. ; to Colonel Amery, M.P. (late Under-Secretary for the Colonies), who has read the chapters on ” Home Administration
” and chapter xiii. (” Taxation “) ; to Mr J. H.
Batty for having scrutinized the chapters on ” Trade ” and on
” Economic Development ” ; and to Sir John Eaglesome,
who has read the chapter on ” EaUways and Transport.”
In the endeavor to present in a seK-contained form each of the subjects with which the various chapters deal, it has
been impossible to avoid frequent repetition, due to the
different point of view presented, and for this, I must ask
my reader’s indulgence.
I have made a point of citing authorities freely in the foot- notes, with the object of indicating where fuller information
may be found, should the reader desire to explore the subject

The Ethnic Setting in Nigeria before 1800- Yusuf Baboshia. (1)