The Federal Parliament at TBS “Old Racecourse” c1960

From Idea….to completion…….

Lagos: In 1859 Oba Dosunmu provided the land we know today as Tafawa Balewa Square “TBS” to colonial authorities and it was used as a sporting field – The Lagos Race Course.

The Lagos Race Course was a horse race track and it also included a section for football and grounds to play cricket.


At independence in 1960, Nigeria adopted a parliamentary system of government mirroring that of its former coloniser, the United Kingdom.

The Governor-General, who served as the representative of the Queen and the Head of State, appointed the Prime Minister (Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa) as the Head of Government, and his cabinet from among members of the legislature.

Group picture of some of the guests at the laying of the stone at the parliament building ;

In the photo is Minister of Labour, Chief Modupe Johnson, Bishop of Lagos, A. W Howells, Oba Adeniji Adele, Oba of Lagos, Aja Nwachukwu Minister of Education and Minister of Aviation, Raymond Njoku .

In 1963, Nigeria severed ties with the British Monarchy and created the position of President as the Head of State ( Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe)

In 1979, Nigeria abolished the parliamentary system of government in favor of a presidential system of government.

The old parliamentary building was later used as the National Assembly building during the defunct Second Republic (1979 – 1983)


c1919 “Native Girl Guides – Lagos”

Guides Promise

“I promise on my honour that I will do my best. To do my duty to God and my country. To help other people at all times and to obey the Guide Law”

The Girl Guides is a global movement which was originally and still largely designed for girls and women only. This organization was introduced in 1909, because girls demanded to take part in the then grassroots Boy Scout Movement. 

The Nigerian Girl Guides Association was set up in 1919.

1902 – The Ladies Recreation Club. Lagos

“It was the elite social group of Victoria era Lagos consisting of high-breed ladies, mostly Sierra Leonean returnees of Yoruba origin. It’s members included Victoria Davies, daughter of Queen Victoria’s protégé, Sarah Aina Forbes Bonetta Davies, also Beckely Sisters (possibly spelt Berkeley) and E. B. Macaulay’s daughter, Mrs. Lawson amongst other high profile ladies. The ladies are draped in Victorian era clothes (attributed to Queen Victoria who was the monarch at this point) which consist of bonnets, corsets, crinolines or hoop skirts while some had bustles. Some of them though can be seen in cuirasse bodice which became the apparent element and trend of the Victorian era fashion as the reign of Queen Victoria was coming to an end” – Bimbola Babarinde