Members of the Nigeria Branch of the British Red Cross

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Circa 1951-1961

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Photograph showing members of the Nigeria Branch of the British Red Cross outside their office.
Red Cross activities first took place in Nigeria in 1917 when an Adamu Orisha Play was staged in Lagos in Nigeria to raise funds for the Red Cross to provide relief for soldiers returning from the First World War.

In 1951, the Nigerian Branch of the British Red Cross was established. After the country gained independence in 1960, the Nigerian Red Cross Society was formed in 1961 and was elected to serve on the League of Executive of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC). In 1977, Hon. Justice J.A. Adefarasin, the Nigerian Red Cross president at the time, was elected as the president of the IFRC.

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