Category: National History

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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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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...

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Biafra: Does It Still Exist?

“And I would like therefore to take this opportunity to say that: I, Major-General Philip Effiong, Officer of Peace Administering the Government of the Republic of Biafra, now wish to make the following declaration: “That we affirm we are loyal Nigerian...

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Flora Nwapa: Mother of Modern African Literature

Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwakuche–Nwapa (January 13, 1931 – October 16, 1993), best known as Flora Nwapa, was a Nigerian author who has been called the mother of modern African literature. The forerunner to a generation of African women writers, she is...

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Cocoa House: West-Africa’s First Skyscraper

Standing majestically at the height of 105 meters in the middle of the Dugbe Business District Centre of the ancient city of Ibadan, Nigeria, the magnificent 26-storey Cocoa House is the first skyscraper in tropical Africa and was the tallest building...