Oladunwo Festival- The Pride of Okemesi-Ekiti

Oladunwo festival

In the rustic and serene town of Okemesi which is located in the heart of Ekiti State, Nigeria, people gather every two years to celebrate and honour their long gone ancestors through a colourful festival known as Oladunwo. Oladunwo is the name of the most revered Egungun (masquerade) in Okemesi. It is highly respected because of its importance and the role it played in the history of Okemesi and her people. Continue reading Oladunwo Festival- The Pride of Okemesi-Ekiti

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List of Military Heads of State of Nigeria (with pictures)

On the 15th of January, 1966, Nigeria had her first coup d’état which ushered in her military era. Below are the heads of states of Nigeria from 1966 till 1999.

1. Major-General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (January 16, 1966 – July 12, 1966) 177 days

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Atilogwu Dance of the Igbo People

Atilogwu dance

The Igbo people are one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria. They inhabit the eastern region of the country and are over 32 million in population. The Igbos (Ndi’ Igbo) are bound together by their history, cultures and traditions which include dressing, beliefs, religion, dance, et cetera. Dancing takes higher percentage of the entertainment and spiritual (religion) aspects of the Igbo culture. The Igbos believe that dancing performs more functions other than entertainment in the society, such as spiritual cleansing of the land, training of teenagers to keep fit, preserving history and so on. Of all the traditional dances in Igbo land, Atilogwu is the most popular, widely performed and one of the oldest.

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How and Why ‘Unknown Soldiers’ Invaded Fela’s Home (Kalakuta Republic) in 1977

Kalakuta Republic on fire
Kalakuta Republic on fire

Kalakuta Republic was the home of the late musician and political activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, his family and band members. The commune which was located at no. 14, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos, enclosed Fela’s recording studio, entertainment outfit and a private clinic operated by his brother, Beko Ransome-Kuti. The name ‘Kalakuta’ was a parody of Calcutta prison in India where Fela served a sentence in 1974 for possessing marijuana which many believed was politically motivated. Continue reading How and Why ‘Unknown Soldiers’ Invaded Fela’s Home (Kalakuta Republic) in 1977

List of Director Generals of NYSC from 1973 till date

Brig. Gen Suleman Kazaure
Brig. Gen Suleman Kazaure

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was established on May 22, 1973 during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon to foster peace, love and unity among the ethnic groups of Nigeria after the end of the Nigerian civil war/ Biafran war. The National Youth Service Corps consists of many hierarchies with the Director General as the highest. Below is the list of Director Generals of NYSC since inception. Continue reading List of Director Generals of NYSC from 1973 till date

Babatunde Folorunsho- The First Armed Robber To Be Publicly Executed In Nigeria

Babatunde Folorunsho
Babatunde Folorunsho, Ilobo and Oyazimo at the stakes

The name ‘Babatunde Folorunsho’ seems nice and pleasant, but its bearer was actually a daylight terror and a nightmare to Nigerians in the early 1970s. Babatunde Folorunsho was an armed robber and a hardened criminal who threatened the peace and security of Nigerians in the 1970s with his ruthless group of bandits. He reigned almost the same time as the kingpin of Nigerian armed robbers, Ishola Oyenusi also known as Doctor rob and kill. Babatunde Folorunsho was dubbed ‘Baba oni lace‘ (Mr. Lace) because of his strong affection for lace outfits which he even wore during robbery operations. Continue reading Babatunde Folorunsho- The First Armed Robber To Be Publicly Executed In Nigeria

The life, career and death of Kola Onadipe, author of Sugar Girl and Koku Baboni

Koku Baboni Kola Onadipe

Kola Onadipe, born Nathaniel Kolawole Onadipe, was a prolific and renown Nigerian writer popularly known for his interesting, educating and didactic children’s books. He was born on the 14th of July, 1922 in the serene town of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria. He studied Law at the University of London in 1949 and later established a Law firm with one of his friends named Abraham Adesanya. Continue reading The life, career and death of Kola Onadipe, author of Sugar Girl and Koku Baboni

How The Tortoise Dealt With The Monkey | Nigerian Folktale

monkey and tortoise
The Tortoise and the Monkey

Long ago in the animal kingdom, the tortoise and the monkey were very good friends until a day when the monkey cheated the tortoise who got angry and swore to make him pay. The monkey laughed at the tortoise and said, “how can you make me pay for cheating you? You are so small and too slow to deal with someone as big and fast as me“. The tortoise got more angry and promised to deal with the monkey at all cost. Continue reading How The Tortoise Dealt With The Monkey | Nigerian Folktale

The story of Cudjo Lewis- The last survivor of Clotilda (the last ship to transport slaves from Africa to America)

Cudjo Lewis (Oluwale Kassola)
Cudjo Lewis (Oluwale Kassola) | The Encyclopedia of Alabama

Cudjo ‘Kazoola’ Lewis was born in 1841 to a Yoruba family who lived in the Banté region of Dahomey, now Benin Republic. Cudjo Lewis, born Oluwale Kossola, lived happily with his parents, siblings and other family members. At a young age of 14, Cudjo began training with other boys as a soldier and was initiated into Oro, a secret Yoruba male society who guarded the community. Continue reading The story of Cudjo Lewis- The last survivor of Clotilda (the last ship to transport slaves from Africa to America)

Photo of a Leopard shot dead after it escaped from a zoo in Lagos in 1912

 

Leopard escaped in Nigeria buy shot
Men inspecting the dead Leopard, Lagos, 1912

This Leopard escaped from a zoo in Lagos in 1912 causing pandemonium in Lagos and neighboring towns . Continue reading Photo of a Leopard shot dead after it escaped from a zoo in Lagos in 1912

List of People Killed at the Aba Women’s Riot of 1929

Below are the names and other details of people killed during the Aba women’s riot of 1929. You can read about the riot here.

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The Life and Death of Onuora Nzekwu, Author of the popular book ‘Eze Goes to School’

Eze goes to school author
Onuorah Nzekwu, co-author of Eze goes to school

The book ‘Eze Goes to School‘ is undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely read classical novellas in Nigeria. Onuora Nzekwu co-authored the book with historian Michael Crowther in 1966 and has since been on the lips of Nigerians.

Onuora Nzekwu was born in Kafanchan on the 19th of February, 1928 to Mr. Obiese Nzekwu and Mrs. Mary Ogugua Nzekwu. He joined the Civil Service in 1956 as an editorial assistant at the Nigeria Magazine Division of the Federal Ministry of Information. He held this post till 1958 when got promoted to an editor-in-chief. Continue reading The Life and Death of Onuora Nzekwu, Author of the popular book ‘Eze Goes to School’