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Alhassan Dantata

How Alhassan Dantata became West Africa’s Richest Man in the 1950s

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As of the time of his death in 1955, Alhaji Alhassan Dantata was the richest man in all of West Africa...
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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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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.
Kaduna-Nzeogwu

Kaduna Nzeogwu: Hero or Villain?

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Major Kaduna Nzeogwu was the first Nigerian to become an officer in Military Intelligence. Born on February 26, 1937, Nzeogwu was only 20 when he joined the Nigerian Army in March 1957.
Hadiza Lantana Oboh

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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50 Interesting Facts about Ahmadu Bello

Bello once referred to Nigeria as the "mistake of 1914" but later worked for and gave his best for the new nation of Nigeria.
Dora Akunyili

Dora Akunyili: The African Woman Who Won 930 Awards

During her lifetime, Dora Akunyili received 820 awards. After her death, 110 more were discovered in her boxes, bringing the total to 930. No Nigerian has more.
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22 Interesting Facts About Abeokuta

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Abeokuta was a sovereign nation for 20 years and 11 months before the British amalgamated her with the rest of Nigeria in 1914...
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40 Interesting Facts about Ibadan

Ibadan was founded by the Yoruba people in 1750. It became a Yoruba military headquarters in 1829 and came under British rule in 1893...
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Gambo Sawaba: Married at 13, Politician at 17, Imprisoned at 20

Gambo Sawaba was an Amazon and an enigma in the 20th century Northern Nigeria. Right from the start, the major aspects of her character emerged very boldly.
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.
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Adegoke Adelabu: The Unforgettable Peculiar Penkelemesi

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Adegoke Adelabu is often mentioned in Yorùbá and Nigerian history as the author of "penkelemesi", a Yorubanisation of the phrase, "peculiar mess".
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa: The Golden Voice of Africa

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Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912- January 15, 1966) was Nigeria's first Prime Minister. He was popularly known as "The Golden Voice of Africa".
Samuel Ladoke Akintola 13th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and Last Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria

Samuel Ladoke Akintola: 13th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and Last Premier of the...

Samuel Ladoke Akintola was responsible for the establishment of the University of Ife in 1962 and the creation of the Cocoa House in 1965.
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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.
21 Interesting Facts About Shehu Shagari

21 Interesting Facts About Shehu Shagari

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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.
25 Interesting Facts about Cross River State

25 Interesting Facts about Cross River State

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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.
Ahebi Ugbabe: The ony Female King of Colonial Nigeria

Ahebi Ugbabe: The Only Female King of 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...
25 Interesting Facts About Martin Luther King Jr

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.
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Mallam Aminu Kano: Once Upon a Radical

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Professor Chinua Achebe wrote in 1983 that “Nigeria cannot be the same again because Aminu Kano once lived here.”
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Usman dan Fodio: Progenitor of the Sokoto Caliphate

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Usman dan Fodio wrote more than a hundred books on religion, administration, culture, and community. He promoted literacy and education, particularly for women, and many of his daughters became scholars and authors. His works and sayings are still very much quoted today.
mko abiola

MKO Abiola: The Nigerian President who never ruled

MKO Abiola’s death succeeded in discrediting military rule in Nigeria, and his outstanding contribution to his country...was acknowledged six years after his death when the New African magazine listed him among the hundred greatest Africans of all time.
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