For over nine decades, Alabukun Powder has maintained its stand as one of the most popular patent medicines commonly found in Nigerian homes, workplaces, pharmacies and street shops. Its cheap price and quick effectiveness has kept it from falling off the stall since 1918 when its formula was discovered by a hardworking and unrelenting Nigerian pharmacist, Jacob Shogboyega Odulate popularly called ‘Blessed Jacob’. This reminds one of another Nigerian product, St. Louis Sugar, which has also become a household name over decades of its existence. Both Alabukun Powder and St. Louis Sugar have another thing in common besides being around for long, they have never been advertised in the media, yet they firmly held their ground in their respective markets. Continue reading The Story Of Jacob Odulate And How He Invented The Famous Alabukun Powder In 1918
Kola Onadipe, born Nathaniel Kolawole Onadipe, was a prolific and renown Nigerian writer popularly known for his interesting, educating and didactic children’s books. He was born on the 14th of July, 1922 in the serene town of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria. He studied Law at the University of London in 1949 and later established a Law firm with one of his friends named Abraham Adesanya. Continue reading The life, career and death of Kola Onadipe, author of Sugar Girl and Koku Baboni
The book ‘Eze Goes to School‘ is undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely read classical novellas in Nigeria. Onuora Nzekwu co-authored the book with historian Michael Crowther in 1966 and has since been on the lips of Nigerians.
Onuora Nzekwu was born in Kafanchan on the 19th of February, 1928 to Mr. Obiese Nzekwu and Mrs. Mary Ogugua Nzekwu. He joined the Civil Service in 1956 as an editorial assistant at the Nigeria Magazine Division of the Federal Ministry of Information. He held this post till 1958 when got promoted to an editor-in-chief. Continue reading The Life and Death of Onuora Nzekwu, Author of the popular book ‘Eze Goes to School’
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