General Sani Abacha’s Son and Ally Charged to Court For the Murder of late MKO Abiola’s Wife

The son of late military ruler General Sani Abacha Mohammed Abacha (left) and former senior security official Major Hamza al-Mustapha (right) are taken out of a prison van en route to the courthouse on October 14, 1999. in Lagos. The two men, along with three others, were charged with the 1996 murder of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the late MKO Abiola. Al-Mustapha was also charged with another murder.

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Aso Oke Weaving, A Dominant Craft by the Iseyin People.

The town of Iseyin in Oyo is historically known for the production of Aso Oke. Even more notable is that in the 1970s and 1990s, most of the city’s weavers were predominantly men. The production of hand-woven fabrics in Iseyin is based on a careful generational tradition. Since Oke was a skill passed down from generation to generation, it was practiced by almost all Iseyin families, even the youngest members. The art of cloth weaving on narrow, horizontal looms is the most important activity in Iseyin and employs a significant number of people.

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Akolu Rock in Oyo State; A Tourist Sight to Behold

The founders of Eruwa were from Oyo Eruwa Ojoko, a town surrounded by a range of hills, is the headquarters of the  Ibarapa East Local Government Region. It is an ancient city that predates colonization and has a rich cultural heritage.  According to history, in the pre-colonial years, the Alaafin of Oyo, who was the head of other rulers, recognized Eruwa as the capital of the eastern district of Ibarapa. And according to the history of Eruwa which is famous for its…

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The Conflict Between the Igala and Igbo People That Still Exists Till Date

The Igbo-Igala Wars refer to a series of conflicts that occurred between the Igbo and Igala people of Nigeria in the 18th and 19th centuries. These wars were characterized by fierce military conflicts, territorial conflicts and disputes over resources and political dominance. The conflicts occurred in the southeastern region of Nigeria, primarily in the areas now known as Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kogi and Delta states. These wars led to…

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Throwback Photo of Samuel Ladoke Akíntólá with David Ben-Gurion in 1961

David Green; (October 16, 1886 – December 1, 1973) was the principal national founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of that state. He was born in Plońsk, was a member of the Polish Congress at the time and grew up in a family of Polish Jews. In 1906 he emigrated to the Palestinian region of the Ottoman Empire. In 1909 he adopted the name Ben-Gurion and became a prominent leader of the Jewish community in British-controlled Mandatory Palestine from 1935 until the founding of the State of Israel in and 1948, which he led…

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Brief Biography of Music Legend, King Sunny Ade

Sunny Adé was born in Osogbo into the Ondo and Akure royal family of Nigeria, making her an Omoba of the Yoruba people.  His father was a church organist and his mother, Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), was a merchant. A member of the Adesida dynasty, his mother’s relatives included his father Oba Adesida I (who ruled Akure for 60 years) and later his nephew and cousin Adé, in the 1950s during Queen Elizabeth’s royal tour, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II, who also served as King of Akure, received…

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Western House of Assembly Members Struggle to Escape a Riot in the Government House

When the Chamber met on Friday 25 May 1962 to discuss a motion of confidence in the new government, clashes immediately broke out between members. Chief Odebiyi – Finance Minister and Speaker of the House of Representatives – was about to table the first business motion of the day when Mr EO Oke, Member of Parliament for Ogbomosho Southwest, jumped up, raised an alarm and threw a chair on the floor of the chamber. Mr F. Ebubedike, a member of Badagry East, grabbed the mace and smashed it on the speaker’s table. Mr. S.A. Adeniya, a member…

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Military Personnels who Attained the Rank of General Starting from Sani Abacha

General Sani Abacha became the first officer in the Nigerian Armed Forces to achieve the rank of four-star general without progressing through the ranks. There had been other officers before him who had reached the rank of four-star general, but they had all skipped the rank. Yakubu Gowon was the first officer in the Nigerian Armed Forces to achieve the rank of 4-star general but was promoted from the rank of lieutenant colonel to the rank of major general (war) on June 2, 1967 (at the start…

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Historical Account of the Coinage of Nigeria’s Busiest State Capital

There are different interpretations of the meaning of IKEA. A historical account suggests that IKEJA mean “Joint Ikorodu and Epe Administration” – a term coined by the colonial masters for administrative convenience. Another oral historical account from the Awori community states: Ikeja, officially called “Akeja”, is named after the deity of the Awori people of Ota. It was originally settled…

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Origin of the Famous Okija Shrine in Anambra and its Affiliation to Top Nigerian Politicians

In August 2004, about 50 officers of the Nigeria Police Force, including members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, attacked a compound containing several shrines in Umuhu Okija village, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State​​in the southeast of the country. In the forests where the main temples were located, police discovered human skulls and the remains of dozens of bodies, some dismembered, others in coffins and still others lying on the side of the road. Following this discovery, police arrested several people suspected of being responsible for the…

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Odi Massacre: An Attack by the Nigerian Armed Forces Against the Ijaw town of Odi in Bayelsa State.

The Odi massacre was an attack by the Nigerian armed forces on November 20, 1999 on the predominantly Ijaw town of Odi in Bayelsa State. The attack came in the context of the ongoing conflict in the Niger Delta over the rights of indegenous peoples to oil resources and environmental protection. It is estimated that more than 900 civilians were killed in this attack. The massacre is believed to have been ordered by the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar. The army has often…

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Grass to Grace story of EZEGO 1 of Ihiala, Anambra State

Mention Victor Okafor and no one will bat an eyelid. But mention EZEGO, the King of Money, and you will see many Nigerians’ eyes light up with excitement. He would be one of Africa’s billionaires. He was relatively young, but given his age, he was well known and respected in the Nigerian business community at the time. This is the story of a man of many faces, Chief Victor Nnamdi Okafor, Eze Ego (Money King) I of ihiala, also known as Udu Bunch, also known as Young Millionaire, an Igbo…

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Meet Ndubuisi Godwin, First Governor of Lagos State from Igbo tribe!

Ndubuisi Kanu was born on November 3, 1943 in Ovim Village, Isuikwuato, Abia State. He belonged to the Igbo tribe and attended the Enugu Methodist Primary School. He joined the Navy in 1962 and went to India for cadet training. His maritime career included positions in human resources, logistics and training. Kanu fought alongside the Biafran forces in the Nigerian Civil War. In July 1975 he was appointed commander-in-chief in the cabinet of the Murtala Muhammed or Supreme Military Council government. Under Military President Olusegun Obasanjo (who assumed office in February 1976), Kanu was appointed…

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Epic History of Ogedengbe, the Legendary African Warlord

Pictured in his warrior uniform, Ogedengbe is a respected first-generation leader of the great Ogedengbe dynasty. He was born in 1822 and died in 1910 as Orisarayibi Ogundamola (Saraibi) (Ogedengbe) in Atorin village, Ilesa, Osun State (known as Ogedengbe Agbogungboro). “tThe one who doesn’t panic when war comes?” His parents Pa Apasanforijiwa and Yeye Falupo were blacksmiths, hunters and weavers. Ogedengbe Agbogubgboro, General of the Ekiti Army, was born in Atorin, a village about twenty kilometers from Ilesha in what is now Atakomosa…

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