History tells us Africans started arriving in London in the 15th century when trade lines began to open between London and West Africa. The first record of an African in London was in 1593. His name was Cornelius.
The first Nigerians in London were those caught up in the slave trade over 200 years ago.
The 2001 UK Census recorded 88,378 Nigerian-born people resident in the UK
It must also be noted that many nationalities from the African continent are also in big numbers
There are records that show black people, predominantly from Jamaica, living in London during the 17th and 18th centuries; but it was not until the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush, on 22 June 1948, that significant numbers of Caribbeans, in particular Jamaicans, arrived in the capital. This has since become an important landmark in the history of modern multicultural Britain. During the post World War era, the presence of these immigrants was requested to help reconstruct the British economy. Jamaicans were recruited to work for British Rail, NHS and London Transport. The Jamaican community is into its sixth generation and consists around 300,000 individuals.
There are fifty four countries in Africa with colonial ties. Find out more by clicking on the name of the country.
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