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Was Calabar ever the capital of Nigeria?

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Although Calabar was the capital of this new Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, however, most of the colonial, diplomatic activities and high-level official businesses were carried out in Lagos.
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The Forgotten Arab Slave Trade of East Africa

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The Arab slave trade in East Africa is one of the oldest, stretching back 700 years before the European transatlantic slave trade.
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Werner Forssmann: The Nobel Prize winner who “touched his own heart”

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In 1956, Werner Forssmann shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine (with Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards) to develop a heart catheterization technique...
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Ignaz Semmelweis: The Hungarian Doctor beaten to death for promoting Handwashing

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Ignaz Semmelweis struggled for years to promote his... ground-breaking handwashing policies but was beaten to death in 1865. He was just 47.
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Top 13 Interesting Facts About Thomas Sankara

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Sankara renamed Burkina Faso, or "land of the upright people", and introduce progressist policies that distanced his regime from other former French colonies.
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Thomas Sankara: Who killed ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’?

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Thomas Sankara's body, riddled with bullets, was quickly buried in an unmarked grave while his widow, Mariam, and their two children fled the country...
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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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Did the Almoravids sack the Ghana Empire in 1240?

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Some modern historians argued that the notion of any Almoravid military conquest is...derived from a misinterpretation of or limited reliance on Arabic scripts.
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Why was Queen Mary I of England called ‘Bloody Mary’?

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During Queen Mary's reign, 227 men and 56 women were executed, including Bishops Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, and Thomas Cranmer...
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Was Queen Elizabeth I of England really a Virgin Queen?

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Elizabeth I died unmarried in 1603...and was hailed as England's famous Virgin Queen. Her death...simply helped to fuel rumours about her personal life.
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Why Chinua Achebe never won the Nobel Prize in Literature

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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

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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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Did the British really develop India?

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Since the British came from a hierarchical society with an entrenched class system, they instinctively looked for a similar one in India.
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Why Nigeria, 27 African Countries boycotted the 1976 Montréal Olympic Games

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Montréal was the first Canadian city to hold an Olympic Games in 1976. The 21st Olympiad took place between July 17 and August 1, 1976.
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Top 13 Interesting Facts about Alexander the Great

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In 15 years of conquest, Alexander the Great never lost a battle. His military tactics and strategies are still studied in military academies today.
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Top 13 Most Powerful African Queens

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These African queens and warriors led men to war, ruled kingdoms, and called the shots. Some even resisted European domination and colonialism.
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Top 13 Most Powerful African Kings

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Africa has an amazingly rich and complex history and there have been hundreds of important African kings, queens...and emperors throughout the millennia.
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The Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa

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The Great Walls of the Benin Kingdom built by the Edo people c.1055, is one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa.
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Zheng He: The Chinese Muslim Explorer Who Reached America Before Columbus

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Zheng He was born to a Muslim family in the region of Yunnan during the Ming dynasty of China in 1371. His birth name was ‘Ma He’.

How Britain bought Nigeria for ₦53 billion in 1900

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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.
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Top 5 African Cities that are most vulnerable to Climate Change

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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?

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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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