Nationalist movement in Nigeria or the Nigerian nationalism was mostly felt after the establishment of effective British rule in the country. The aim of the movement was to achieve both political and economic emancipation for the disparate groups who had come together courtesy of the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates in 1914, from the British colonialists. Its origin or early phase dates back to the nineteenth century where resistance struggles were mounted against the British penetration and activities in different territories that make up the present day Nigeria. This paper, therefore, examines the impacts of this movement on the actualization of Nigerian independence. Some of these impacts, as divulged in the paper, have continued to bedevil the political environment of the country in her post-independence era.
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