With the onset of colonialism in Nigeria and the establishment of the courts, the English system of adjudication set in with the English trained lawyers who were either barristers at law, solicitors or both. In 1866, the first lawyer was enrolled in Nigeria. The first indigenous lawyer, Christopher Sapara Williams, was enrolled in 1888.
Ever since the lawyers have always met as a group especially in Lagos the then capital of Nigeria. The association of lawyers was referred to as the Nigerian Bar Association and was headed by a leader called ‘Chairman’. The Chairmen from inception were:
The Lagos Branch was at that time the only branch of the NBA in existence.