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 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.
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.
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→
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) 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)→
In the 70s, lifestyle in Ibadan, the present Capital of Oyo State, was full of social activities. Hardly would you walk from one street to another without seeing canopies hung above party fellas, eating, drinking and dancing to the songs of their popular musicians, the likes of Sunny Ade, Continue reading IBADAN LIFESTYLE IN THE 70s→
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.
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→
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→
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 (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 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 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→
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) poured the sand on the water and placed the fowl on it, and the fowl Continue reading Mythical Creation of the Yoruba Tribe→
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 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 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→
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→
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 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→
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→
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→