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).
Ernest Shonekan (1936-2022): A Child of Circumstance
At around 3:30 p.m. on August 26, 1993, Ernest Shonekan was sworn in as Nigeria’s new Head of State by Chief Justice Mohammed Bello.
Flora Nwapa: Mother of Modern African Literature
Flora Nwapa (1931–1993), was the first African woman to publish a novel in the English language in 1966.
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.
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.”
How Alhassan Dantata became West Africa’s Richest Man in the 1950s
As of the time of his death in 1955, Alhaji Alhassan Dantata was the richest man in all of West Africa...
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.
Margaret Ekpo: A Defender of Women’s Rights
The Margaret Ekpo International Airport is the only airport in Africa to be named after a woman...
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.
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.