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
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’
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.
Evi Edna Ogholi is a Nigerian female reggae musician who rocked the 1980s with her popular reggae-styled songs. She was born on the 6th of July, 1965 in Isoko, Delta State (then Bendel State). Evi Edna Ogholi is regarded by many people as the first female reggae artist in Nigeria and this is true as it is evident in the title of her debut album released in 1987, ‘My Kind of Music’. Later on, she released three more popular albums tittled ‘On The Move’, ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Step by Step’.
Of all Evi Edna Ogholi’s songs, Happy Birthday is the most popular and can also be considered as her magnum opus. The song ‘Happy Birthday’ was released in 1988 under Polygram Records (later Premier Records) and was played all over Nigeria. Even today, people still play the song at birthday celebrations.
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Other songs of Evi Ogholi include: *One Kilometre *Message to the Youths *Jealousy *Oghene Me (My God) *Okioghne (God’s Time) *Ririovara (Wipe Your Tears)
Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji was a prolific and professional Nigerian football player who played for both international clubs and his country. He was born in Orlu, a city in Imo State, to a duty officer, Mr. David Okwaraji and a headmistress, Lady Janet Okwaraji on the 19th of May, 1964. Samuel Okwaraji attended WTC Practicing School, Enugu for his primary education and Ezeachi Secondary School, Orlu, Imo State. Sam Okwaraji also attended Federal Government College in Orlu and finally completed his studies in law in the University of Rome, Italy, but did not take up the profession after schooling. While bagging his masters in international law in the University of Rome, Samuel Okwaraji played for NK Dinamo Zagreb, VfB Stuttgart and SSV Ulm 1846 where he performed exceptionally. Continue reading Samuel Okwaraji- Life, Career and Death
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was born in 1912 to Yakubu Dan Zala and Fatima Inna in Bauchi, Nigeria. Tafawa Balewa had his elementary education at a Koranic school in Bauchi and later proceeded to Barewa College where he bagged his teaching certificate. Continue reading Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
Usman Dan Fodio, born in 1754 to a Torokawa parents, was the leader of the greatest Jihad in Nigeria and West Africa. He studied law, theology and philosophy in Agades under a man called Umar. The study of these subjects inspired him to accept the religion of Islam. Usman Dan Fodio migrated to Gobir after completing his school in Agades. In Gobir, paganism was mixed with Islam which really irritated and infuriated Usman Dan Fodio, and he began to Continue reading Usman Dan Fodio (1754-1817)
Madam Efunroye Tinubu, born in 1810, was an active advisory of the British colonial government of which is now called Nigeria. She was banished from Lagos to her hometown by the British Colonial Government. She was a former slave trader who realized the relative differences between domestic slaving and the harsh treatment of slaves in Europe and Continue reading Madam Efunroye Tinubu
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
Chief Benjamin Nnamdi Azikwe (November 16, 1904- May 11, 1996) usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikwe was one of the propelling figures of Nigerian Nationalism. He was the head of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He was the second and last Governor- General from 1960 to 1963 and the first president of Nigeria (1963 to 1966). He served Continue reading NNAMDI AZIKIWE
Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome- Kuti also known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti was born on the 15th of October 1938 in Abeokuta, Ogun state. He was a multi- instrumentalist, composer, musician, pioneer to the Afro beat genre, human right activist, and a strong political Maverick. He was born into an upper-middle class family of the Kutis. His mother, Mrs Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti- colonial movement, and his father, Rev. Isreal Oludotun Ransome- Kuti was the first president of the Nigerian Union Continue reading Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Albert Chinualumogu Achebe born on November 16 1930, was a Nigerian novelist, critic, poet, and professor. His first novel “Things Fall Apart” (1958) was considered as his magnum opus, and the most widely read book in modern African literature. He was raised by his parents in the Igbo town of Ogodi, southeastern Nigeria. Achebe excelled at school and Continue reading Chinua Achebe