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    Key milestones over the years

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    The Beginning

    “The secret of getting ahead, is getting started.”
    Mark Twain, Writer

    1917

    Colonial Bank starts operations in the Nigerian capital of Lagos, a coastal city of 98,000 residents, to cater to the needs of the government and the merchant companies of the day.

    1925

    Barclays Bank acquires Colonial Bank changing the bank’s name to Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas) with 9 branches across Nigeria.

    1922

    The 1922 constitution provided Nigerians the chance to elect a few representatives to the Legislative Council. Government House Lagos was the seat of colonial power in this era and was located in the Marina area of Lagos Island.