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West African Students Union: What you should know about this movement

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West African Students Union in 1941 wrote to the colonial office in London on the need to grant political independence to West Africa.

The union which was founded by Ladipo Solanke was made up of British West African students in Britain and Ireland. West African Students Union was a social and political organization committed to demanding freedom and independence of West African society.

The aims and objectives of WASU were:

How successful was the West African Students Union?

The West African Student Union achieved several feast. Their achievements include:

Founded in London in August 1925, The West African Students Union acted as a training ground for future West African politicians. WASU from the late 1930s established branches and was a major influence on the anti-colonial movements in Nigeria, the Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Gambia.[1]

[1] The WASU Project. ‘History of WASU’ accessed at accessed on 7/12/2020

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