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Nigerian independence came about as the result of
a violent revolution which removed the British from power.
a decision by Prime Minister Clement Atlee to live up to British ideals of self-government and free a number of African colonies.
gradual pressures over a number of decades eventually resulting in Nigerian demands for sovereignty and British recognition of it.
the personal leadership and charismatic legitimacy built around Tafawa Balewa, who became the first Prime Minister.