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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.
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Why Nigeria changed from Left-Hand to Right-Hand Drive in 1972

Nigeria had been driving on the left with British imported right-hand-drive cars, but after the civil war (1967-1970), it shifted to driving on the right on April 2, 1972.
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The Tragic Story of Hadiza Oboh, Nigeria Airways’ First Female Pilot

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Hadiza Oboh was the first and only female pilot of the defunct Nigeria Airways in the 1990s. She was an amazon in, not only, the Nigerian aviation industry but the world at large.
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How Operation Wetie led to the 1966 Nigerian Coup D’état

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The full story of how the political rivalry between Ladoke Akintola and Obafemi Awolowo led to Nigeria's First Coup D'état in 1966...
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How Bola Ige, Funsho Williams were assassinated in the early 2000s

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While Bola Ige was shot and killed in Ibadan, Funsho Williams was stabbed and strangled to death at his home in Lagos.
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Bashorun Gaa: The “Wicked Prime Minister” of the Old Oyo Empire

It was impossible for Bashorun Gaa to become an Alaafin of the Oyo Empire as the Prime Minister bore no blood of Oranmiyan to claim the throne...
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1843: The Year Christianity entered Abeokuta

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The first church service which ushered in Christianity to Abeokuta took place on Sunday, January 8, 1843. The service was conducted in Chief Sodeke's residence.
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Ibrahim Babangida: The Untold Story of an “Evil Genius”

No other government in Nigerian history has presided over such a major expansion of government bureaucracy as the Ibrahim Babangida administration.
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Yar’Adua’s Ailment, Jonathan’s Quandary and the Doctrine of Necessity

With the fears that the power vacuum would lead to anarchy and a possible military takeover...they reached a compromise by adopting the Doctrine of Necessity.
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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.
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.

Ahebi Ugbabe: The Only Female King in Colonial Nigeria

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Ahebi Ugbabe has been described succinctly by Nwando Achebe in her book, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe, published in 2011...
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July 29: The Day Aguiyi-Ironsi, Gowon, Nzeogwu met their doom

Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was 41 years, 10 months, and 13 days old when he became Nigeria's first military Head-of-State on January 16, 1966.
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Does the Republic of 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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How Saburi Biobaku, 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...
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What Really Happened in Aburi that Led to the Nigerian Civil War?

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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...
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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".

Ìwé Ìròhìn: Nigeria’s First Newspaper

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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.
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Nigeria and Its Oil: A Story of Bloodshed, Poverty, Pollution in the Niger Delta

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The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) recorded three thousand, two hundred and three (3,203) oil spills in the Niger Delta region between 2006 and 2010.
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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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Why Lord Lugard joined Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914

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In 1912, Lord Frederick Lugard was appointed Governor-General of both Northern and Southern Nigeria with the mandate to unite the two Protectorates.
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A Short History of Abeokuta

Abeokuta, the story of the home of the Egba people, started with their liberation from the rulership of the Alaafin of Oyo Empire.
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