that it is axiomatic only to the extent that the concept social studies was borrowedand that the content of social studies in Nigeria is Nigerian and has been an integral part of the Nigerian indigenous curriculum right from the earliest times except for certain modifications to accommodate societal dynamics and international prescriptions.
There is also a school of thought that believes that the establishment of schools bythe Christian Missions in Nigeria beginning from 1859 and the accompanyingintroduction of the discrete subjects such as history, geography, civics, economics,government and religion marked the formal introduction of social studies into Nigeria’s school curricula. This parent disciplines skewed school of thought is of the view that the formal introduction of social studies in Nigerian classrooms dated back to the pre-independence days of colonial rule. Obebe (1987) reinforced theview that social studies made its first appearance in the Nigerian school curriculumin pre-independence days in the canopy of general knowledge, general studies or civic education.
Before 1960 a similar subject to social studies under a differenttitle has been taught in the schools, the title then varied from region to region suchas general knowledge, general studies and civics (Mazieobi n.d,).Adewuya (2010) is of the view that the term social studies as a school subject in Nigeria was first used in 1958 by educators of the Ohio University Project whichsought to introduce its teaching into teachers’ college in the former western region.