Iwa Iji- New Yam Festival of the Igbo People

New yam festival in Igbo landFestivity is an important aspect of the cultures and traditions of the Igbo people inhabiting the eastern and southeastern regions of Nigeria. At the end of the rainy season in August, the Igbo people harvest new yams and come together to celebrate the success in the name of a festival known as Iwa Iji which literally means new yam eating. The new yam festival is also know as Onwa Aasa, Orurueshi and so on in the different dialects found across the Igbo settlement. Continue reading Iwa Iji- New Yam Festival of the Igbo People

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The Magnate Versus The Musician – The Story of the Epic Battle Between King Sunny Ade and Chief Bolarinwa Abioro

Sunny Ade and Chief Abioro
It was in 1974 that the news broke. Chief Bolarinwa Abioro, the Balogun of Ipokia, the Chairman of African Songs Limited, had taken his star musician to court! Everyone who knew KSA knew Abioro. Everyone who knew Abioro knew Sunday Adeniyi. Sunny was the son. Abioro was the father. What could have gone wrong between father and son? Continue reading The Magnate Versus The Musician – The Story of the Epic Battle Between King Sunny Ade and Chief Bolarinwa Abioro

Operation Wetie And The 1962 Action Group Crises: How Power Tussle Between Awolowo And Akintola Plunged Western Region Into Crises

Operation Wetie

Operation wetie was the name given to the series of riots that characterized both the political and civilian scene of the defunct Western Region of Nigeria in the 1960s. Operation wetie, in the context of the crises, means to douse or wet politicians, their properties and supporters with petrol and set them ablaze. The background of the riots is traced to the 1962 Action Group crises which was a result of the struggle for power between two political leaders of the Western Region and Action Group (AG), Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Samuel Akintola. Continue reading Operation Wetie And The 1962 Action Group Crises: How Power Tussle Between Awolowo And Akintola Plunged Western Region Into Crises

Detailed List Of Local Government Areas Of Oyo State

Mokola Bridge Ibadan Oyo state
Below are the 33 Local Government Areas of Oyo State and detailed information about them.

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The Life Of Nigerian Living Legend, Segun Odegbami Alias The Mathematical Footballer

Segun Odegbami
Segun Odegbami

Considered one of the greatest football players to have ever emerge from Nigeria as well as the continent of Africa, Segun Odegbami is unarguably a household name for football lovers around the globe in the early 70s and late 80s. Continue reading The Life Of Nigerian Living Legend, Segun Odegbami Alias The Mathematical Footballer

List and Details of Local Government Areas in Lagos State

Lagos City
Lagos, the former Capital of Nigeria, is no doubt the liveliest and most populated city in Nigeria with an estimated population of 9,013,534 from almost, if not all, ethnic groups in Nigeria. Lagos stands as an irresistible hub of different commercial activities controlled by both local and international business owners which thus made Lagos the richest state in Nigeria. Lagos is divided into two parts, they are the Island and the Mainland. Below is a comprehensive list of all the 20 Local Government Areas in Lagos State, their population and headquarters.

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The Story of Olabisi Ajala, The Popular Nigerian Traveller Who Toured The World On A Vespa

Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala aka Ajala the traveller on his vespa
Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala aka ‘Ajala the traveller’ on his vespa

Moshood Adisa Olabisi Ajala, popularly known in Nigeria and across the globe as ‘Ajala the traveller‘, was the man who toured the United States of America on a bicycle, and the world, on a motor scooter better known as Vespa. From the ordinary son of a traditionalist, Ajala rose to a global celebrity and his name became a song sang on every lips. During his prime, Ajala was envied and praised by both the young and old for his courage, determination and success. Even in 1972, the Nigerian music wizard himself, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, immortalized Ajala and his adventures in a song included in his album titled ‘Board Members’. Obey sang thus: “Ajala travel all over the world (2ce), Ajala travel (2ce), Ajala travel all over the world.” Below is OldNaija’s detailed account of the life, career and death of the legendary and iconic Ajala the traveller. Continue reading The Story of Olabisi Ajala, The Popular Nigerian Traveller Who Toured The World On A Vespa

Traditions of Nigeria: Basic Facts

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Traditions of Nigeria

The main oil producer in Africa, Nigeria is the continent’s most economically developed country. In recent years, it has seen a large influx of tourists and businessmen, so more and more Europeans are interested in the old traditions and bright culture of Nigeria. Continue reading Traditions of Nigeria: Basic Facts

List of Radio Stations in Edo State (With Frequencies, Locations and Phone Numbers)

Radio Stations in Nigeria

Below is the list of all radio stations in Edo State and her capital, Benin City. Frequencies, locations and phone numbers included.

*. 93.7 – SilverBird Rhythm FM, Ugbowo, Benin City (01-7278-2897) Continue reading List of Radio Stations in Edo State (With Frequencies, Locations and Phone Numbers)

The History of Ogbomoso Town in Oyo State

History of Ogbomoso

The town of Ogbomoso lies between Ilorin and Oyo Town in the south western region of Nigeria. The town was founded in the mid-17th century by Ogunlola, a brave hunter of Ibariba descent. History has it that Ogunlola migrated to the present site of Ogbomoso around 1650 in pursuit of his hunting career. Continue reading The History of Ogbomoso Town in Oyo State

Sarah Forbes Bonetta- The Yoruba Slave Who Became Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Davies)
Sarah Forbes Bonetta (Davies)

Sarah Forbes Bonetta was originally born ‘Aina’ in 1843 to Egbado parents of the Yoruba ethnic group. Her father was the high chief of Oke-Odan, an Egbado village in western Nigeria, till he was killed in 1848 when King Gezo of Dahomey, one of the notorious slave raiders in the 19th century, raided his village. Sarah’s parents and siblings whose names are unknown were killed in the raid which turned Sarah, an Egbado princess, into a slave. Continue reading Sarah Forbes Bonetta- The Yoruba Slave Who Became Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter

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.

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