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How Olusegun Obasanjo saved Nigeria’s democracy in 1999

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On his ascension to the presidency in 1999, Olusegun Obasanjo was already thinking about his second term in 2003, which was four years away...
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Kenneth Onwuka Dike (1917-1983): The Pioneer Historian

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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...
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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.
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Why Chinua Achebe never won the Nobel Prize in Literature

Chinua Achebe twice declined the Nigerian award of Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 2004 and 2011.
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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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Festus Okotie-Eboh: Nigeria’s most flamboyant Politician

As the Federal Minister of Finance, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh was instrumental in the founding of Nigeria's Central Bank in 1959.
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How Ameyo Adadevoh stopped the 2014 Ebola Plague in Nigeria

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When the swine flu spread to Lagos in 2012, Ameyo Adadevoh was the first doctor to diagnose and notify the Ministry of Health.
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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.
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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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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.
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Top 5 African Cities that are most vulnerable to Climate Change

According to the Africa Growth Initiative, Africa...has 7 out of the 10 countries that are considered the most threatened by climate change all over the world.
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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.
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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.
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Jonathan Adagogo Green: Nigeria’s First Professional Photographer

Jonathan Adagogo Green was also responsible for the now very famous photograph of Oba Ovonramwen of Benin in 1897.
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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.
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Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti: Teacher, Nation-Builder, Clergyman

Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti holds the record of the longest-serving president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (23 years) and the principal of Abeokuta Grammar School (22 years).
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Josiah Ransome-Kuti: The Singing Minister of Abeokuta

Josiah Ransome-Kuti was also the first Nigerian to release a record album after he recorded many hymns (in the Yoruba language) in gramophone through Zonophone Records, London in 1925.
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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".
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Alvan Ikoku: 10 Interesting Facts about the Man on the 10 Naira Note

Alvan Ikoku and his son, Samuel Goomsu Ikoku (1922–1997), were political rivals. Samuel won an election against his father at the Eastern Regional Assembly elections on March 15, 1957.
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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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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.
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Margaret Ekpo: A Defender of Women’s Rights

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The Margaret Ekpo International Airport is the only airport in Africa to be named after a woman...
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