Monthly Archive: January 2019

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How Bode Thomas ‘barked’ to death

Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II was the Alaafin of Oyo, between 1945 and 1954, until he was forced into exile by the Action Group- led government of the Western Region of Nigeria, as a result of the death of the Deputy leader...

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POTUS Fact 15: The only Bachelor President

James Buchanan, Jr. (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) was the 15th President of the United States from 1857–1861 and the last to be born in the 18th century. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 17th United...

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Alhassan Dantata: Wealth, Wealth Everywhere

Alhaji Alhassan Dantata (1877 – August 17, 1955) was a Nigerian businessman who was the wealthiest man in West Africa at the time of his death. Birth and Early Life Dantata’s father was Abdullahi, a man from the village of Danshayi,...

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Is Lagos a No-Man’s Land?

Lagos was originally inhabited by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba people in the 15th century, who called it “Oko” or farm in English language. Under the leadership of the Oloye Olofin, the Awori moved to an island now called Iddo...

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa: The Golden Voice of Africa

Nigeria’s first Prime Minister Alhaji (Sir) Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912- January 15, 1966) was popularly known as “The Golden Voice of Africa”. Tafawa Balewa took its name from two corrupted Fulani words: “Tafari” (rock) and “Baleri” (Black). So he grew up...

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The Love of a Father

Canoeing specialist Bill Havens was almost guaranteed to win a gold medal in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. But a few months before the games he learned that his wife would likely give birth to their first child while he was...

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POTUS Fact 14: First President born in the 19th Century

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th President of the United States (1853–1857) who was addicted to and suffered from alcoholism throughout his life. Pierce, a New-Englander was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He attended Bowdoin...

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Lord Lugard and the 1902 fall of Kano

The capture of Kano by the British Royal West African Frontier Force signalled the end of the Fulani Empire in West Africa. The Fulani people were nomadic cattle-herders and fierce horsemen, who in the early 1800s, imbued with zeal for Islam,...

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Kaduna Nzeogwu: Hero or Villain?

Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was the first Nigerian to become an officer in Military Intelligence. Born in 1937, he was only 20 when he joined the Nigerian Army in March 1957. From officer training in Teshie, Ghana, the young man...