This film is held by the BFI (ID: 333672).


(Reels One and Three only viewed). The introduction provides a brief review of progress made in Nigeria - Lagos converted from a malarial swamp, racial discrimination banished, new buildings, hospitals, railways, etc. However, much remains to be done, and Nigerians now realise that they can participate in future judgements and decisions. The film then follows the first day of the legislative council - investiture, oath of loyalty, goodwill messages, etc. The new council includes many tribal groups, and the aristocratic Northern emirs are praised for their gesture of goodwill in joining with common people in the national assembly. The legislature has an assured African majority, and represents a 'real and admirable effort' to achieve a measure of self-government, whereby members can gain experience for the 'great moment' when they assume complete leadership. The film ends with the Governor's address, which notes - without explaining - the absence of the elected members for Lagos, and criticises demands for immediate self-government which would produce only an inexperienced, 'sham democracy'. The opening of the legislature brings the steady development of the African 'another peaceful step forward' and in this 'Nigeria is an example to the world'.




Technical Data

Running Time:
20 minutes

Production Credits

Production Countries:
Great Britain
Central Office of Information
Production Company
Colonial Film Unit