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Agnes Yewande Savage- The First Nigerian Female Doctor

Agnes Yewande Savage - First Nigerian female doctor Agnes Yewande Savage was born on the 21st of February, 1906 in Edinburgh, Scotland, to a Nigerian father, Richard Akinwande Savage and a Scottish mother, Maggie S. Bowie. In 1919, at the tender age of thirteen, Yewande Savage gained entrance into the Royal College of Music  and was awarded a scholarship to study at George Watson’s Ladies College. Continue reading Agnes Yewande Savage- The First Nigerian Female Doctor

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Execution of General I.D Bisalla and other Feb. 1976 coup plotters (with photos)

General Bisalla being tied to the stake
General Bisalla being tied to the stake

General Iliya D. Bisalla was executed along 30 other officers on March 11, 1976 for being involved in the February 13, 1976 abortive coup in which General Ramat Muhammed Murtala was killed. They were executed at the Kirikiri prison shooting range. General I.D Bisalla allegedly claimed that he was innocent and so he needed no priest for prayers because he believe he will make heaven.
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Picture of Emmanuel Ifeajuna breaking the British high jump record in Vancouver

Emmanuel Ifeajuna Vancouver

Above is the picture of Emmanuel Ifeajuna breaking the British high jump record at 6 ft & 8 inch at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada in the year 1954. He competed wearing only his left shoe and still won the jump. Ifeajuna became the Continue reading Picture of Emmanuel Ifeajuna breaking the British high jump record in Vancouver

Meet little Folashade Lawson who also presented flowers to Queen Elizabeth II: She is now Mrs Folashade Randle

Folashade Lawson, daughter of the Chairman of Lagos Town Council, was among the girls who presented flowers to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Nigeria in 1956. As at then, little Folashade Lawson was four years old but now, she is Mrs. Folashade Randle, a qualified commercial lawyer married with children to Bashorun J.K. Randle, former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Below are her then and now photos. Continue reading Meet little Folashade Lawson who also presented flowers to Queen Elizabeth II: She is now Mrs Folashade Randle

Margery Michelmore- The lady whose postcard sparked outrage in Nigeria in 1961

Margery Michelmore
Margery Michelmore | Life Magazine, 1961

Margery Michelmore came to Nigeria in 1961 for the Peace Corps training at the University of Ibadan. She was not used to the life in Nigeria and she couldn’t keep this to herself. So on October 14, 1961, Margery Michelmore Heffron wrote a postcard to a friend back home in the United States of America stating the “squalor and absolutely primitive living conditions” of Nigeria. She said she was totally cut off from the world. Continue reading Margery Michelmore- The lady whose postcard sparked outrage in Nigeria in 1961

Meet Tokunbo Awolowo, the schoolgirl who presented flowers to Queen Elizabeth II in 1956

Queen Elizabeth II was presented flowers on different occasions during her first visit to Nigeria in 1956. One of the girls who presented flowers to the Queen was Tokunbo Awolowo (now Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu), the daughter of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who was then a schoolgirl. Below are her then and now photos.

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Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit to Nigeria (Photos and Video)

Queen Elizabeth in Nigeria,1956
Queen Elizabeth II in Nigeria,1956

​The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, visited Nigeria for the first time on the 28th of January, 1956, four years to Nigeria’s independence, and stayed for 20 days. She was welcomed at the Ikeja Airport, Lagos, with a military parade and by dignitaries such as the then Governor-General, Sir James Robertson, his wife, the Minister of Labour, Festus Okotie-Eboh and the Oba of Benin, Oba Akenzua II. Continue reading Queen Elizabeth’s First Visit to Nigeria (Photos and Video)

The Man Called Adegoke Adelabu ‘Penkelemesi’

Adegoke Adelabu Penkelemesi
Adegoke Adelabu Penkelemesi

Joseph Gbadamosi Adegoke Adelabu alias Adelabu Penkelemesi was a colossal in the political arena of Ibadan and the then Western Region before the independence of Nigeria in 1960. He was born in Oke-Oluokun, Ibadan, on September 3, 1915 to Mr. Sanusi Ashiyanbi Adelabu and Mrs. Awujola Adelabu. At the tender age of five, Adegoke Adelabu lost his mother and then lived with his paternal aunt. Adegoke Adelabu attended St. David’s C.M.S School in Kudeti, Ibadan from 1925 to 1929; CMS Central School, Mapo, Ibadan in 1930 and Government College, where he was a head boy, from 1931 to 1936. In 1936, Continue reading The Man Called Adegoke Adelabu ‘Penkelemesi’

Jalumi War of 1878 (Battle of Ikirun)

Sketch plan of 1878 Jalumi War aka Battle of Ikirun
Sketch plan of 1878 Jalumi War aka Battle of Ikirun

The Jalumi war, also known as Ogun Jalumi or Battle of Ikirun was a bloody war fought by Ibadan on the side of Ikirun against the allied forces of Ilorin, Ila, Ekiti and Ijesha on November 1, 1878 in the northeastern part of modern day Osun State. The Jalumi war was among the devastating civil wars that plagued the Yoruba nation in the 19th century. Others are, Osogbo war, Ekiti parapo/Kiriji war, Ibadan-Ijaye war e.t.c. Continue reading Jalumi War of 1878 (Battle of Ikirun)

The heroic life of Alimotu Pelewura

Alimotu Pelewura

Alimotu Pelewura was the strong and radical woman who led the Lagos Market Women’s Assossiation (LMWA) in its oppositions to the taxation policy and other unfavourable ordinances of the British colonial government.

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Telling the story of Nigerian civil war or Biafran war through photos

War is sweet to those who haven’t experienced it. Say no to war in Nigeria!

21st May 1968: John Downing-Tractor, a company rep, and William Blakeley, a marine manager, under guard by Nigerian Federal troops who took them hostage when they captured Port Harcourt during the Biafran War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express
21st May 1968: John Downing-Tractor, a company rep, and William Blakeley, a marine manager, under guard by Nigerian Federal troops who took them hostage when they captured Port Harcourt during the Biafran War. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Express/Getty Images

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1999 Toronto Saga: How Former Speaker, Salisu Buhari, Declared False Age and Forged University Certificate

Salisu Buhari
Salisu Buhari

On the 3rd of June, 1999, Salisu Buhari, a young Nigerian business man who made his fortune dealing in computers, was elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Nigeria, a position which constitutionally made him the number 4 citizen in Nigeria. Unknowing to his colleague, the government and the whole of Nigeria, Salisu Buhari was not qualified for the position he held. Continue reading 1999 Toronto Saga: How Former Speaker, Salisu Buhari, Declared False Age and Forged University Certificate

The Assassination of Kudirat Abiola in Lagos on June 4, 1996

Kudirat Abiola
Kudirat Abiola

Alhaja Kudirat Abiola was the beautiful wife of the late business mogul and respected politician, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. She was very active and socially conscious during her days. The tireless support she gave to her husband, M.K.O Abiola, when he was incarcerated pulled the string of her death. On the 4th of June, 1996, Kudirat Abiola was assassinated by some gunmen in Lagos allegedly on the orders of the Sani Abacha military junta. Continue reading The Assassination of Kudirat Abiola in Lagos on June 4, 1996

The Story Of Gloria Okon, Nigeria’s Controversial Female Drug Smuggler

Gloria Okon
Gloria Okon

On the 22nd of April, 1985, the National Security Organization (NSO) arrested a 35-year-old lady named Gloria Okon at the Aminu Kano International airport for smuggling substances suspected to be heroin and other kinds of hard drugs. She was about to leave Nigeria for England when she was caught with 56.70 grammes of the substances, 301 dollars, 60 pounds sterling, N20,000 and 19,000 Italian lira. Continue reading The Story Of Gloria Okon, Nigeria’s Controversial Female Drug Smuggler