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POTUS Fact 6: First President whose Father was also a President

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767–February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as a diplomat, minister and ambassador to foreign nations, treaty negotiator, United States Senator, U.S. Representative (Congressman) from Massachusetts, and the sixth President of the United States...

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The Pioneer Historian: Kenneth Onwuka Dike (1917-1983)

Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike (December 17,  1917-October 26, 1983), B.A., M.A., PhD.,Hon. LLD, Hon. D.Litt., Hon. D.Sc., Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African History, Harvard University, was the first indigenous Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and roaming Ambassador of...

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Paganini’s Violin: A Gift Left in a Case

Niccolò Paganini (October 27, 1782 – May 27, 1840) is considered one of the greatest violinists of all time. He was a virtuoso, performing his first concert at age eleven. His great technical ability revolutionized violin technique across Europe. When he...

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The World Will Get Up For You

Born in Kano, on April 10, 1957 in the then Northern Region of British Nigeria, Aliko Dangote was born to Mohammed Dangote and Mariya Sanusi Dantata. An ethnic Hausa from Kano State, he showed his love for business by selling sweets...

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Aminu Kano: Once Upon a Radical

When he was writing his letter of resignation from the services of the colonial government to go into full time politics, Mallam Aminu wrote: ‘’I have seen light in the far horizon. I intend to match into its full circle, either...

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POTUS Fact 4: Shortest and Smallest President

James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for...

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What Goes Around, Comes Around!

An 18-year-old student was struggling to pay his fees at Stanford University. He was an orphan, and not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. A friend and he decided to host a musical concert...

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POTUS Fact 3: First President without a First Lady

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He served as the third President of the United States...

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Ìwé Ìròhìn: Nigeria’s First Newspaper

Ìwé Ìròhìn fún àwọn ará Ẹgbá àti Yorùbá was a Yoruba and English language newspaper that ran for eight years from 1859 to 1867 for the Egba people of Abeokuta and the rest of Yorubaland. The newspaper is Nigeria’s first newspaper....