1800s: Obong, (Old) Calabar.
A common critique of the territorial dispute of Bakassi between Nigeria and Cameroon is the lack of political will. Scholars and researchers continue to point to the fact that the Kings and Chiefs showed no resistance when Britain and Germany made decisions about its own people and rights, without their consent. They (in absence of documented evidence from them) are said to have harboured a culture of silence.
A 5 point recap on Bakassi:
1 1884: treaty of protection signed between Obong of Old Calabar and Britain;
2 1884: European powers gathered at the Berlin Conference to decide which counties they would subjugate/colonise. In West Africa, Britain chose Ghana and Nigeria while France chose the rest. Germany, some way, formed a protectorate in Douala Cameroon despite France's territorial sovereignty;
3 1911: Agadir Crisis - France hands over a part of Cameroon to Germany;
4 1913: after years of dispute over the Bakassi peninsula (which borders both Cameroon and Nigeria), Britain handed over the region to Germany in an Anglo-German Agreement. Turns out, Germany's key interest in the region was shrimps!
5 WWI: Germany loses and splits its territories between Britain and France, as per the Versailles Treaty. Bakassi is 'technically' annexed by Britain.
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