Obafemi Awolowo: The Best President Nigeria Never Had
Obafemi Awolowo rose to become the first Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria and the leader of the Action Group Party in the First Republic.
How Bola Ige, Funsho Williams were assassinated in the early 2000s
While Bola Ige was shot and killed in Ibadan, Funsho Williams was stabbed and strangled to death at his home in Lagos.
Murtala Muhammed: Did the General Deserve to Die?
Murtala Muhammed remains the youngest Nigerian Head-of-State to die in office and the only one to die before the age of 40.
Is Lagos a No Man’s Land?
Lagos was the capital city of Nigeria for 77 years until the seat of government was moved to Abuja, which was planned and built specifically for that purpose.
Kenneth Onwuka Dike (1917-1983): The Pioneer Historian
Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike was the first Nigerian Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and the roaming Ambassador of Biafra to Côte d'Ivoire...
Emeka Ojukwu: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Emeka Ojukwu could speak Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, English, French, and Latin fluently. Interestingly, during the civil war, he always slept with his boots on.
Nnamdi Azikiwe: How Do We Remember Nigeria’s First President?
Popularly known as "Zik" or "The Great Zik of Africa", Nnamdi Azikiwe was Nigeria’s first president at the beginning of the First Republic in 1963.
Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer, Environmental Activist, Martyr
It took five attempts to hang Ken Saro-Wiwa before he spoke his last words and his body went limp.
25 Interesting Facts About Cross River State
Cross River State is the leading tourism state in Nigeria. Especially the capital, Calabar. Visitors from different parts of Nigeria come to the city in large numbers all year round.
Mallam Aminu Kano: Once Upon a Radical
Professor Chinua Achebe wrote in 1983 that “Nigeria cannot be the same again because Aminu Kano once lived here.”
10 Powerful African Women Who Shook the 20th Century
Every 31st day of July is celebrated as African Women’s Day to affirm the role of the African woman in the evolution of a strong Pan-African identity.
Amílcar Cabral: Who killed Guinea-Bissau’s Revolutionary Leader in 1973?
On January 20, 1973, Amílcar Cabral was shot and killed outside his home in Conakry, where his political party had established its headquarters. He was just 48.
Samora Machel: A Luta Continua!
A Luta Continua are Portuguese words that were made popular by Samora Machel, first president of Mozambique after its independence in 1975.
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.
Muhammadu Ribadu: Nigeria’s First Minister of Defence
As Minister of Defence, Muhammadu Ribadu presided over a rapid expansion of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, as well as the creation of the Nigeria Air Force.
Ore Green: West Africa’s First Female Pharmacist
Ore Green worked in London, before returning in 1917 to Lagos where she first worked as a Midwife at the hospital of Dr. Richard Akinwande Savage (1874-1935).
25 Interesting Facts About Martin Luther King Jr
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award of the United States of America) to Martin Luther King.
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi: Did the General deserve to die?
Ironsi's proclamation of Decree 34 on May 24, 1966, marked the beginning of the end for him. The decree strengthened the centre, thereby removing the powers granted to the regions.
21 Interesting Facts About Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari was the 6th child of his father, 6th Head-of-State of Nigeria, and also had 6 federal government appointments before he became President.
Samuel Adegboyega: Pioneer of Apostolic Pentecostalism in Nigeria
Samuel Adegboyega was named Gbadebo after Oba Gbadebo I, the sixth Alake of Egbaland, Abeokuta, as he was from a royal house himself.
Mansa Musa: The Financial Recklessness of the Richest Man in History
Mansa Musa amassed so much wealth that he has been described by historians as the richest man in history...
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...