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Was Calabar ever the capital of Nigeria?

Although Calabar was the capital of this new Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, however, most of the colonial, diplomatic activities and high-level official businesses were carried out in Lagos.
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Does Biafra still exist?

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In his No Victor, No Vanquished speech on January 15, 1970, General Yakubu Gowon asserted that “the so-called 'Rising Sun of Biafra' is set forever.”
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Aburi Accord: What Really Happened in Ghana in 1967 that led to the Nigerian...

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In January 1967, representatives from the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Eastern Region met in Ghana to agree on what is now known as the Aburi Accord...
Dele Giwa death

How Dele Giwa was Bombed to Death in 1986

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Dele Giwa kept moaning the refrain, “They have got me.” Who he referred to as “they” still remains a riddle to this day.
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How Olusegun Obasanjo saved Nigeria’s democracy in 1999

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On his ascension to the presidency in 1999, Olusegun Obasanjo was already thinking about his second term in 2003, which was four years away...
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Saburi Biobaku: How UNILAG Vice-Chancellor was nearly killed in 1965

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Professor Saburi Biobaku least expected it. A radical student activist...surged forward from the crowd and stabbed the Vice-Chancellor at the back...
21 Interesting Facts about Sani Abacha

21 Interesting Facts about Sani Abacha

In 1995, after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, Time magazine named Abacha “Thug of the Year.” In 2004, Abacha was listed as the fourth most corrupt leader in history.
July 29 - The Day Aguiyi-Ironsi, Gowon, Nzeogwu met their doom

July 29: The Day Aguiyi-Ironsi, Gowon, Nzeogwu met their doom

July 29 remains a significant day in Nigeria’s history as the three men who changed the fate of the country met their doom on that day. Aguiyi-Ironsi, Gowon, and Nzeogwu.
chinua-achebe-nobel-prize-literature

Why Chinua Achebe never won the Nobel Prize in Literature

Chinua Achebe twice declined the Nigerian award of Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 2004 and 2011.
Ogbunigwe: The Scientific Wonder of the Nigeria-Biafra War

Ogbunigwe: The Scientific Wonder of the Nigeria-Biafra War (1967-1970)

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The Ogbunigwe was used in combat during the Nigerian civil war and at the height of production, about 500 units were being produced every day in Biafra.
How Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti "sacked" the Alake of Egbaland in 1949

How Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti ‘sacked’ the Alake of Egbaland in 1949

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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, with thousands of Egba women, led a two-year protest against the Alake of Abeokuta which resulted in his abdication on January 3, 1949.
Umaru Dikko Kidnap

How the Umaru Dikko Kidnap of July 1984 Failed

Umaru Dikko fled to London through the Republic of Benin...to Togo and took a flight to London from Lome. The minister had become "Nigeria's most wanted man".
Joseph Gomwalk

Was Joseph Gomwalk guilty of the 1976 Dimka Coup?

Joseph Gomwalk was only 41 years old when he was executed on May 15, 1976, in Lagos, the federal capital.
Why Ibrahim Babangida annulled the June 12, 1993, Presidential Election

Why Ibrahim Babangida annulled the June 12, 1993, Presidential Election

The June 12, 1993, elections represented a break with past traditions of ethnic, religious, and regional conflicts and raised hopes for unifying the nation...
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What really caused General Sani Abacha’s death on June 8, 1998?

After Abacha's death, Lieutenant-General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff, was sworn in as the country's 11th Head-of-State.
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Why Nigeria changed from Right-Hand to Left-Hand Drive in 1972

Nigeria had been driving with British imported right-hand-drive cars, but after the civil war, it shifted to using left-hand drive cars on April 2, 1972.
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Why Usman dan Fodio’s 1804 Sokoto Jihad failed in Kanem-Bornu

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Kanem-Bornu, now in present-day Northern Nigeria, was the only real opposition to Usman dan Fodio's 1804 Sokoto Jihad.

How Britain bought Nigeria for ₦53 billion in 1900

The West African country of Nigeria was never a nation. The country was bought and sold like a commodity by the British at the turn of the 20th century.
A History of Indirect Rule in Nigeria

A History of Indirect Rule in Nigeria

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Indirect Rule was a system of governance that was predominantly used by Britain to govern pre-existing power structures in colonial Africa. The French used...
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Iwe Irohin: Nigeria’s First Newspaper (1859-1867)

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In January 1866, Iwe Irohin appeared in two versions; one in English and the other in the Yoruba language. The English language version sold for one penny.
Why the April 22, 1990, Gideon Orkar Coup failed

Why the April 22, 1990, Gideon Orkar Coup failed

The April 22, 1990, Gideon Orkar coup led to the speedy movement of the federal capital from Lagos to Abuja in 1991 which would disrupt the Abuja masterplan.
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How the “Curse of Ogun State” may cut short Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency

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Every occupant of the President/Head of State and Vice President/Deputy Head of State offices in Nigeria who hails from the South-West is from Ogun State.
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