Monthly Archives: July 2015

Argungun Fishing Festival In The Heart Of Kebbi

Argungun fishing festival

The Argungun fishing festival is an annual festival which lasts for four days in Kebbi State , located in the North-western part of Nigeria. This fishing festival is usually held in Argungun, the capital city of the Argungun Emirate Council. People come from every part of the globe to witness the Argungun fishing festival which fills the atmosphere with a scent of the Hausa culture.

The festival was first held in 1934 to mark the end of the long period of hostility between the Kebbi Kingdom and the Sokoto Caliphate. Continue reading Argungun Fishing Festival In The Heart Of Kebbi

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Ten Funny Beliefs Among The Yoruba People

Yoruba people

The Yoruba people are well known for their numerous cultural and religious beliefs which guides them mentally, spiritually and morally in life. There are legions of beliefs among the Yoruba people, but here, we are talking about some ten funny ones.

1. Child, teeth and Lizards

I bet it, those who are familiar with this one are laughing right now. It is a normal experience to have some teeth fall-out during childhood days. Continue reading Ten Funny Beliefs Among The Yoruba People

Nigeria’s Old and New National Anthem

Ben Odiase
Ben Odiase

The old national anthem of Nigeria was composed by Miss L.J Willams from Britain in 1960. But it was later replaced by a new one in 1978 which was written by an assistant Commissioner of police Mr Benedict Odiase and was introduce on the 1st of October, 1978.

OLD NATIONAL ANTHEM
by Miss L.J Williams

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ, Continue reading Nigeria’s Old and New National Anthem

The National Flag and Coat of Arms of Nigeria

Nigerian Flag

The national flag of Nigeria was designed in 1959, a year before the independence of Nigeria, by Mr Michael Taiwo Akinkumi, as at then he was still a student in London. Several designs were presented, almost 3000, but the one designed by Mr. Taiwo Akinkumi was chosen. On October 1, 1960, Queen Elizabeth II of England handed over the flag to Nigerian leaders through Princess Alexandra who represented her at Continue reading The National Flag and Coat of Arms of Nigeria

Real Accounts of The Nigerian Civil War (1967- 1970)

Biafra war

The Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran war which started on the 6th of July 1967 and ended on 15th of January 1970, was a war fought by Nigeria against Biafra to counter the secession of Biafra from the Republic of Nigeria. The Igbos felt they could no longer relate smoothly with the northern Continue reading Real Accounts of The Nigerian Civil War (1967- 1970)

The National Congress of British West Africa (NCBWA)

ncbwa

The National Congress of British West Africa (NCBWA) was formed in Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1920 by the educated elites from English-speaking West African colonies led by Mr. Joseph Casely Ephraim Hayford of Ghana and Dr. Akinwande Savage of Nigeria. The NCBWA’s first meeting was held at Continue reading The National Congress of British West Africa (NCBWA)

How Nigeria got to 36 States[Timeline of State creation in Nigeria]

Map of Nigeria

Let us start with the definition of a state. A state is a politically organised body of people inhabiting a geographical entity with a well legitimate government.
How did Nigeria moved from the first 3 regions to the last 36 states? Check it out below Continue reading How Nigeria got to 36 States[Timeline of State creation in Nigeria]

Ancient and Modern History of Nigeria

Nok people
Nok people

The history of Nigeria can be traced back to the Iwo Eleru and Ugwuelle- Uturu people that settled in the South-western part of Nigeria around 9000 BC. Agriculture was mostly practiced among the settlers and later, the production of ceremic stepped in. However, the ancient Nigerian culture owes its origin to the Nok people who thrived extensively between 500 BC and 200 AD on the Jos plateau situated in the Northern part of Nigeria.

igbo people
A group of Igbo people

Continue reading Ancient and Modern History of Nigeria

Herbert Macaulay

herbert

Olayinka Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay born on November 14, 1864 and died on 7th May, 1946, was a Nigerian nationalist, engineer, musician, politician and journalist . He was referred to by many Nigerians as the founder or father of Nigerian nationalism. He was born to Mr Thomas Babington Macaulay and Mrs Abigail Crowther in Lagos, Nigeria. Herbert’s father, Mr Thomas Babington founded the first secondary school in Nigeria, named Continue reading Herbert Macaulay

Ken Saro- Wiwa

Ken Saro Wiwa

Kenule (Ken) Beeson Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, activist, tv presenter born on the 10th of October, 1995 to an Ogoni chief, Chief Jim Wiwa. Ken Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, a minority tribe in Nigeria. His homeland, Ogoniland situated in the Niger Delta had been targeted for crude oil extraction since 1950, Continue reading Ken Saro- Wiwa

Mrs Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti

funmilayo

Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti, born on October 25, 1900 and died on – 13 April, 1978, was a Nigerian teacher, political campaigner, traditional aristocrat and women’s right activist. She was born as Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Mr Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Mrs Lucretia phyllis Omoyeni Adesola. She served as one of the most prominent leaders of Nigeria and her generation. Continue reading Mrs Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti

Ladi Kwali

Ladi Kwali.

Ladi Kwali (1925- 1984) was a Nigerian skillful potter that will forever remain a symbol of pottery in Nigeria and West Africa. She was born in the village of Kwali in the Gwari region of Northern Nigeria, where pottery was a widely practised occupation among the women. She learned to make pottery since she was a child using the traditional method of coiling. Her favourite method of pottery was the traditional African method, in which her works were baked in Continue reading Ladi Kwali

The Igue Festival- Edo’s colourful festival

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The Igue festival takes the pre- eminence among festivals celebrated in Edo State. The most colorful and paramount importance to the people of Benin. It is celebrated every december by every reigning Oba and his subjects to mark the end of the Benins year and as a thanksgiving to the outgoing one. This festival is usually celebrated around the month of September in the ancient times. Continue reading The Igue Festival- Edo’s colourful festival

The Nri Kingdom of Umueri

NRI KINGDOM
NRI KINGDOM

The Nri people of Igboland have a creation myth which is one of the many creation myth that exists in various parts of Igbo land. The Nri and Aguleri people are in territory of the Umueri clan who trace their lineages back to the patriarchal king- figure “Eri”. Eri’s origin are unclear, though he has been described as a sky being sent by Chukwu (God). Continue reading The Nri Kingdom of Umueri

Mythical Creation of the Yoruba Tribe

Obatala
Obatala

The Yoruba tribe were believed to have emerged from Oduduwa (one of the servants of Olodumare- the Supreme Being) who was sent down to the world to create the earth. It was believed that he descended with a long chain from heaven and carried a calabash full of sand and also brought a five- toed fowl along with him. The whole earth was covered with water, not a single dry place could be found, then he oduduwa(Oduduwa) poured the sand on the water and placed the fowl on it, and the fowl Continue reading Mythical Creation of the Yoruba Tribe

The Assassination of General Murtala Ramat Muhammed on February 13, 1976

Murtala Muhammed's Car
This is the car in which Gen. Murtala Muhammed was killed

 

The nation was thrown into turmoil on the 13th of February 1976 after the Head of State and the Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, General Murtala Ramat Muhammed, was assassinated in Lagos during an unsuccessful coup led by Lt. Col. Buka Suka Dimka. History has it that Gen. Muhammed loved a low-profile lifestyle, and it was this kind of lifestyle that led to his easy assassination. Continue reading The Assassination of General Murtala Ramat Muhammed on February 13, 1976

The Origin of Nollywood, the Nigerian Film Industry

living in bondage

The origin of Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry, can be traced back to the 1960s when the first set of Nollywood movies were produced by great filmmakers like: Hubert Ogunde, Jab Adu, Ola Balogun, Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala), Adeyemi Afolayan a.k.a Ade Love and Eddie Ugboma. These professionals were considered to be the first generation of Nigerian filmmakers. They started their career with stage performance and gradually moved into the world of film production using the Celluloid format.
Continue reading The Origin of Nollywood, the Nigerian Film Industry

Owambe The Western Way

owambe
Owambe

Owambe is “a large grandiose party thrown by Nigerians anywhere in the world, especially Yoruba Nigerians, that involves a lot of food, loud music, dancing and spraying- Nigerian term which means throwing currencies on someone dancing”. [Urban Dictionary].

Owambe is attended by many people and they are usually grouped according to their ‘aso ebi’ (family wears) which may come in different fabrics, colours and designs. Continue reading Owambe The Western Way

Igbo Traditional Society

By Raymond Nicholas
society

Traditional Igbo political organization was based on a quasi democratic republican system of government. In tight knit communities, this system with a king ruling over subjects. This government was witnessed by the Portuguese who first arrive and met with the Igbo people in the 15th century. With the exceptions of such as Onitsha, which had kings called Obi, and places like Nri kingdom and Continue reading Igbo Traditional Society

Adubi War, Abeokuta 1918

Adubi War

The Adubi war, also known as “Ogun Adubi” and sometimes reffered to as the Egba Uprising, was a war that took place between June and August, 1918 as a result of the taxation system introduced by Continue reading Adubi War, Abeokuta 1918

Professor Peller Magical Performances In The Early 70s

peller

Professor Peller was the most brilliant in Africa when he was alive. Even after his death, it is not certain that his records has been broken by other magicians in Africa. He performed in almost every country in Africa, and not only before Princes and the elites, but also held Kings spellbound with his magic. Here is how a professor of psychiatry, Femi Oyebode, at the University of Birmingham, described Peller and one of his shows in 1972 at the George V stadium in Lagos, now known as Onikan Stadium. Continue reading Professor Peller Magical Performances In The Early 70s

Igbo -Ukwu: Home of the Roped Pots

Igbo ukwu bronze

The bronze work of Igbo-ukuw which can be found in Enugu state remains as the highest of the ancient works of Nigeria art.

It is possible that the inhabitants of Igbo-Ukwu had a metalworking art that flourished as early as the ninth century. Continue reading Igbo -Ukwu: Home of the Roped Pots

Fashion In Early Nigeria

Nigeria guys with swag
Nigeria guys with swag

 

Back in the late 60s and early 70s, the fashion memories of those days were recalled. There are legions of fashion expert and reputable fashion designers, the likes of Ogundero the tailor, Fagbohun the tailor, Lai Olumegbon tailoring services and probably Idowu the tailor, they were all situated around the Yaba axis then. The hub of fashion then were Lagos and Ibadan with no rival, the other places were just coming up in fashion. These tailors were trained in England and could build you a suit perfectly fitted to your body. In the early 70s, the Continue reading Fashion In Early Nigeria

Pre-colonial Political Administration In Yorubaland

Political administration of the Oyo Empire

Before the advent of the British in Yoruba land, Yoruba kingdoms maintained an orderly and unified political system which is still in effect till today. A Yoruba kingdom (e.g. the Oyo kingdom) was made up of a headquarter (i.e. Olu-Ilu) and other local towns and villages. However, its political administration consisted of a central level and subordinate units. Continue reading Pre-colonial Political Administration In Yorubaland