Learn More on the Significance of the Coral Beads in the Bini Culture

A genuine Benin Chief can be identified by his stiff, circular Ikele necklace of beads (signifying royalty) The agate or coral beads are strung together with copper wire to create the circular form. The ikele is only worn once any deserving person has been granted permission by the Oba of Benin to do so. These coral beads stand for hierarchy, domination, and power. Coral beads are formed from the carbonate secretions that make up the structure that the coral “polyps” live on, not the actual living organism. The collected coral is polished and cut into cabochons, which are further carved into beads. After being harvested, the coral is polished and cut into cabochons, which are then carved into beads.

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Facts About the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos

Sun International is the owner of the Federal Palace Hotel. Sun International was founded in 1969 when South African Breweries and Sol Kerzner joined forces to form the Southern Sun Hotel Company. The company is well recognized for its Sun City Resort in the Northwest Province, Rustenburg. Nigeria signed its independence declaration in the main boardroom of the newly built Federal Palace Hotel, following its separation from Britain in 1960. One of the primary highlights of the hotel’s casino is currently this boardroom. The hotel’s Independence Hall, which also held the 1977 Festival of Africa and the summit of the African Union’s (formerly Organization of African Unity) heads of state, served as the venue for Nigeria’s official Independence celebration. Nigeria’s official independence celebration was held in the hotel’s Independence Hall, which also played home to the Festival of Africa and the summit of the African Union’s (formerly Organization of Africa Unity) heads of state in 1977.

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Meet Dangote’s Dad, Late Alhaji Sanusi Dantata, the Source of His Billionaire Status

A photo capturing youthful Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote (first from the left), Dangote’s granddad who to begin with gave him seed capital to begin commerce, late Alhaji Sanusi Dantata (second left), Alhaji Hassan Dantata (second right) and late Qadiriyyah researcher Sheik Alin Kumasi (first from the right) within the early 1980’s. The…

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Throwback to Sir Ladapo Samuel Ademola ll Showstopping Entrance to the Coronation of King George VI

The most fashionable king in the history of the ancient Yoruba Kingdom, Oba Alake of Abeokuta (Egbaland). Oba Sir Ladapo Samuel Ademola II arrives at the coronation of King George VI in 1937 in an exotic Rolls-Royce Phantom II. in London. Ademola II, son of Alake (Oba) Ademola I, was one of the first traditional rulers of Nigeria to own a car. King George VI was King of Great Britain from 1936 until his death in 1952. George VI is also the father…

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Brief Biography of Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua 

The late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as a young man with his wife and son, 1977. Yar’adua was born in the Nigerian state of Katsina. His father, Musa Yar’Adua, was Minister of Lagos during the First Republic and held the title of Chief of the Matawalle (Guardian of the Royal Treasury) of the Emirate of Katsina, a title Yar’Adua inherited. His paternal grandfather, Malam Umaru, also held the title of Matawallen Katsina, while his paternal grandmother, Binta, was a Fulani of the Sullubawa clan, Princess of the Emirate of Katsina and sister of Emir Muhammadu Dikko.

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Fela Regains Freedom After Money Laundering Allegations

Afrobeat musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti smiles at Black Maria after he was arrested by the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Military Government for illegally attempting to export £1,600 in foreign currency abroad in the year 1984. Fela was arrested more than 200 times by various military regimes but remained imprisoned for a long time by Major General Buhari, who first came to power in a military coup in December 1983.The Afro beats legend was sentenced to five years in prison by a military court on what he always called trumped-up barter charges but was released in 1986…

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The Tragic End of Lit. Daniel Idowu Bamidele Over Wrongful Accusation of Coup Plotting

Bamidele was implicated in the coup attempt because he heard a rumor of a coup attempt and did not reveal the information. Daniel Bamidele He was a Nigerian army officer who was executed by the government of General Ibrahim Babangida for failing to report an alleged plot against the government in the so-called “Vatsa coup”. Bamidele was charged with conspiracy to commit treason. During an official trip to Kaduna in October 1983 to print the division’s report to the Army Chiefs of Staff Conference, Daniel Bamidele heard rumors of a planned coup against…

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Kumbwada: A Throne Reserved for Females in Niger State

An interesting story about an ancient kingdom where only a woman can become king. No man sits on the throne of Kumbwada. Kumbwada is an ancient kingdom in Niger, a state in northern Nigeria. Every man who tries to rule dies, dies; Many tried but lost their lives. According to legend, Maimuna lost the two brothers she had placed on the throne and was forced to remain in the city as queen until her death 83 years later. A curse is said to be responsible for this “ban” imposed on the men who ruled as kings…

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Wole Soyinka Regains Freedom After Biafran Conspiracy Accusation

During the Nigerian Civil War, Soyinka called for a ceasefire in an article. For this purpose he was arrested in 1967, accused of conspiring with the Biafrans and held as a political prisoner for 22 months until 1969. In 1965, Soyinka was arrested after taking control of a radio station at gunpoint and broadcasting a message condemning electoral fraud in western Nigeria. His imprisonment sparked international protests and a year later he was acquitted on a technicality. In 1966, two military…

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