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POTUS Fact 14: First President born in the 19th Century

Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th President of the United States (1853–1857) who was addicted to and suffered from alcoholism throughout his life. Pierce, a New-Englander was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He attended Bowdoin...

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Lord Lugard and the 1902 fall of Kano

The capture of Kano by the British Royal West African Frontier Force signalled the end of the Fulani Empire in West Africa. The Fulani people were nomadic cattle-herders and fierce horsemen, who in the early 1800s, imbued with zeal for Islam,...

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Kaduna Nzeogwu: Hero or Villain?

Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu was the first Nigerian to become an officer in Military Intelligence. Born in 1937, he was only 20 when he joined the Nigerian Army in March 1957. From officer training in Teshie, Ghana, the young man...

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Kaduna Nzeogwu’s Military Coup D’état Broadcast, 1966

After murdering Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of the Northern Region, in a bloody coup in the early hours of January 15, 1966, Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu then proceeded to kill Colonel Ralph Shodeinde, his superior officer at the Nigerian...

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Biafra: Does It Still Exist?

“And I would like therefore to take this opportunity to say that: I, Major-General Philip Effiong, Officer of Peace Administering the Government of the Republic of Biafra, now wish to make the following declaration: “That we affirm we are loyal Nigerian...

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Flora Nwapa: Mother of Modern African Literature

Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwakuche–Nwapa (January 13, 1931 – October 16, 1993), best known as Flora Nwapa, was a Nigerian author who has been called the mother of modern African literature. The forerunner to a generation of African women writers, she is...

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Cocoa House: West-Africa’s First Skyscraper

Standing majestically at the height of 105 meters in the middle of the Dugbe Business District Centre of the ancient city of Ibadan, Nigeria, the magnificent 26-storey Cocoa House is the first skyscraper in tropical Africa and was the tallest building...