The Prime Minister of Nigeria with Other Leaders During the Opening Session of the Nigerian Constitutional Conference at Lancaster House, London

From left to right, Lennox-Boyd, The leader of the western Region Obafemi Awolowo (1909 – 1987) of Western Nigeria, The Nigerian Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912 – 1966), the leader of the Northern region Ahmadu Bello (1910 – 1966) of Northern Nigeria and the Senate president and Governor General of Nigeria Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904…

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Nwude Odinigwe, Popularly Known as Owelle of Abagana the Most Intelligent Criminal Whose Crime Led to the Collapse of a Brazilian Bank.

The story of Emmanuel Nwude Odinigwe, the man who sold a fake airport to an international bank, is one of the biggest fraud cases in history. There have been scams throughout history, but selling an airport to an international customer without being there to verify the legitimacy of the transaction is pretty strange and crazy.…

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Meet the Grandson of Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Herbert Macauley a Political Pioneer in his Time.

Herbet Macauley was a nationalist, political activist and engineer who founded the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP). Macauley was also the grandson of Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African bishop of the Church of England. This photo was taken in 1946 at his residence called Kirsten Hall, House No. 8, Balbina Street, Lagos Island. Macaulay became the first licensed civil engineer, surveyor and architect in Nigeria on December 5, 1893. Olayinka Herbert Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay, a…

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Historical Shocker: Ogboni Fraternity Was Originally Founded by a Reverend, Read More Below

Thomas Adesina Jacobson Ogunbiyi was born in Lagos 1866. The first teacher officially assigned to the area now known as 1866.Ondo Province returned to St. Stephen’s Ang. Primary School, Oke Aluko, Ondo (first primary school in Ondo Province) February 20, 1890. In 1921 he became Archdeacon of Lagos and in 1936 a member of the Legislative Council. TAJ Ogunbiyi founded the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) on…

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Origination of Some Benin Titles and Words from the Portuguese

Benin adopted Portuguese as a business language when dealing with other Europeans. Many Edo words, such as EKUYE (spoon), EKALAKA (glass) and ALIMO (orange), are derived from the Portuguese words Colher, Caneca and Limo. As a result of this unification, some guilds and palace titles were established in Benin, such as IWEBO, EWUA, ARAGUA and OHUOBA. IDUNWUN EBO (European Quarter) was founded in 1486 for Portuguese missionaries and traders in Benin. In the 17th century, the Dutch begin to occupy all the trading ports on the West African coast. This is a remarkable feat that they failed to achieve in the Benin Kingdom’s trading ports of GWATTO (Ughoton) and…

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Ajayi Crowther Campaigns for the Girl-Child’s Right to Education in 1886

When Crowther visited Bonny (now Rivers State) in 1866, he and the chief agreed that the natives should pay for their children’s education. Each student, boy or girl, should receive about ten dollars per year. After twelve months, when the payment was due, the leaders protested against the waste of money on girls’ education. “Our boys,” they said, “can act for us, write for us, and do anything; But girls can be useless, we won’t pay them. ” Very Well”, replied Crowther, having generously agreed in advance to cover half of the initial cost of the mission; ” it has to be half the salary”. If you pay…

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A Brazilian Architecture Building on Igbosere Road, Lagos Island

After the abolition of slaves on March 25, 1807, there was a wave of return of freed Africans that lasted more than fifty years. Equipped with the knowledge and technology of the ancient slave ports—Brazil, the Caribbean, and the West Indies— these slaves returned home with a special obligation of devotion. Ships docked in the port of Lagos; The returnees arrived in large numbers: Sierra Leoneans known as Saros, returning Brazilians and Cubans known as Agudas. Afro-Brazilians introduced the construction of two-story buildings and houses, also known as ile petesi( up in yoruba), as well as other bungalows decorated with molded stucco facades, in Lagos in 1850.

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The SOJA IDUMOTA Monument, How It Was Transferred to Abuja by General Ibrahim Babangida

  This monument was erected by the colonial authorities at a strategic location in Idumota, a part of central Lagos, directly overlooking the Carter Bridge, the first and important artery connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, built in 1899. The monument was erected in 1935 as a cenotaph to honor the more than 3 million Nigerian-African soldiers who lost their lives while serving in the British Army in defense of the British Empire during the First World War in 1914-1918 and was celebrated annually as a harvest festival on November 16 by the former colonial regime before Nigeria’s independence. Celebrations continued after World War II in 1939-1945 and after the end of the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War, the annual celebration…

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Origin of the Itsekiri People and Their Diversification

The Itsekiri ethnic group, also known as Jekri, Isekiri or Ishekiri, inhabits the westernmost part of the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria. The Itekiri make up the majority of the modern towns of Sapele, Warri, Burutu and Forcados. Itekiri is also a subgroup of the Yoruboid people who live mainly in the Warri South, Uvwie, Warri North and Warri Southwest local government areas of Delta State on the Atlantic coast of Nigeria. This means that the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria, as well as the Okpe and Edo peoples, are relatives of the Itsekiri. In addition, there are large Itekiri communities in many Nigerian cities, including Lagos, Sapele, Benin City, Port Harcourt and Abuja,…

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Meet First Ever Nigerian First Lady, Flora Ogbenyeanu Ogoegbunam Azikiwe

Flora Ogbenyeanu Ogoegbunam Azikiwe (August 7, 1917 – August 22, 1983) was the first wife of Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. She was First Lady of Nigeria from October 1, 1963, to January 16, 1966. Ogoegbunam was born in Onitsha, a town in present-day Anambra State, to Chief Ogoegbunam, an Adazii of Onitsha (Chief Ndichie) of Ogboli Agbor Onitsha. There she met Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1934 and they married on April 4, 1936. Their wedding took place…

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Operation and Expansion of Leventis Store in the 1950s

Leventis Store, Marina, Lagos. The car appears to be a 1949 Studebaker Land Cruiser, right-hand drive; Registration A6672. The store was located at the marina, between Abibu Oki and Williams streets. The first Leventis Stores opened in Marina Lagos in the 1950s and soon expanded to include several stores; Many more stores were opened such as in Benin, Calabar, Abuja, Owerri, Kano, Kaduna and Maiduguri etc. Leventis stores were synonymous with quality and affordable household items. It became a household…

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Inspection of the Imperial Airways by Northern leaders in 1934

A picture of northern leaders, the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Gwandu and the Emir of Kano inspect imperial Airways’ brand new ‘Syrinx’ aircraft at Croydon Airport on July 2, 1934. Imperial Airways was one of Britain’s first long-haul commercial airlines, operating from 1924 to 1939, serving primarily British Empire routes to South Africa, India, Australia and the Far East, including Malaysia and Hong Kong. Imperial Airways never reached the level of technological innovation…

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Celebration of the Ofala Festival and its Significance to the Igbo Culture

The Ofala festival is an annual ceremony practiced by the Igbo people, particularly the indigenous people of Onitsha, Umueri, Umuoji and other nearby communities such as Aguleri, Nnewi and Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area. It serves as a renewal ritual for the king, Igwe or Obi, and is similar to the Igue festival in Benin and the Ine, Osi or Ogbanigbe festival in many Igbo communities in west-central Nigeria. The term Ofala comes from two Igbo words: ọfọ…

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Prolific Artist, Odinigwe Benedict Enwonwu Speaks on His Inspiration and Influence of European Artists

  Odinigwe Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, better known as Ben Enwonwu, worked in the 1950s. He was a Nigerian and Igbo painter and sculptor. Without a doubt the most influential African artist of the 20th century. I will not accept a subordinate position in the art world. My art was not called African because I expressed my reality wrongly and rightly. I have constantly fought against this kind of philosophy because it is wrong. European artists such as Picasso, Braque and Vlaminck were influenced by African art. Everyone sees it and…

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Meeet Fela’s American Girlfriend, Sandra Izsadore, A Significant Aid To His Musical Success

  Sandra Izadore, an American who was also Fela’s girlfriend. Fela met Sandra Izsadore in California during a ten-month tour of the United States with Koola Lobitos in 1969. Izsadore, a black rights activist, introduced him to the writings of Malcolm Brown and Stokely. Carmichael, Huey Newton, Frantz Fanon and other revolutionary thinkers. Fela credits her with inspiring his philosophy of Blackism. Fela told…

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Mbari Club: A Hub of Creativity in the 1960s

Achebe Mbari suggested the name, an Igbo concept for “creation.” Other Mbari members included Christopher Okigbo, JP Clark and South African writer Ezekiel Mphahlele, Frances Ademola, Demas Nwoko, Mabel Segun, Uche Okeke, Arthur Nortje and Bruce Onobrakpeya. The Club Mbari was founded in 1961 by various writers and other groups of visual artists and was originally located on the site of an old Lebanese stall in the Dugbe Market in Ibadan. Mbari has become an important…

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