Why Lord Lugard joined Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914

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

Who are the Real Founding Fathers of Nigeria?

Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa are commonly mentioned when Nigerians discuss their founding fathers...
A History of Indirect Rule in Nigeria

A History of Indirect Rule in Nigeria

Indirect Rule was a system of governance that was predominantly used by Britain to govern pre-existing power structures in colonial Africa.
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Ibrahim Babangida: The Untold Story of an “Evil Genius”

As military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida inherited two nicknames from the Nigerian press: Evil Genius and Maradona.
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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.

The Nigerian Naira (₦): A History of its Rise and Fall

On January 1, 1973, the Nigerian Naira replaced the Nigerian pound with an exchange rate of ₦2 to £1 in the UK and ₦1 to $0.6 in the U.S.

1843: The Year Christianity entered Abeokuta

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.

A Timeline of the 2020 EndSARS Protest in Nigeria

The October 2020 EndSARS Protest in Nigeria actively lasted for 17 days; from October 7, 2020, to October 24, 2020.

What the British Did to Nigeria!

Did you know the total number of years the British spent in Nigeria as colonial masters? 99 straight years. Then, it was not officially known as Nigeria.

Why Usman dan Fodio’s 1804 Sokoto Jihad failed in Kanem-Bornu

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

Will the Groundnut Pyramids of Kano ever return?

President Goodluck Jonathan promised to revive the Groundnut Pyramids but he failed to fulfil that promise until he left office in 2015.

How Nigeria’s Second Republic Fell in 1983

Nigeria's Second Republic, which fell on December 31, 1983, has been described as being ‘prebendal’. Shehu Shagari ruled as executive president.

How Nigeria’s Third Republic Failed in 1993

Nigeria’s Third Republic, which began as a transition programme in 1992, was eventually buried by General Sani Abacha on November 17, 1993.

How Nigeria’s First Republic Fell in 1966

Nigeria’s First Republic lasted for less than three years until it fell on January 15, 1966, after the country’s first military coup.
Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970)

The Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970)

The Nigerian civil war witnessed the death of about one to three million Nigerians, with the majority being from the Eastern region.
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".
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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.

How General Olusegun Obasanjo Americanized Nigeria in 1979

In 1979, General Olusegun Obasanjo ditched the British-style parliamentary system and opted for the American-style presidential system...
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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.

How Goodluck Jonathan became Nigeria’s President in 2010

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.
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.

Was President Shehu Shagari overthrown because of corruption?

Shehu Shagari was the only democratically elected President of Nigeria’s Second Republic. The post-civil war military government led by...

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