Known as ‘wole-wole‘ among the Yoruba people, ‘Nwaole-ala‘ among the Igbos and ‘duba-gari‘ among the Hausas, sanitary inspectors are government officials saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the sanitation of houses and neighborhoods in every part of Nigeria. The office of the sanitary inspector was established back in the colonial era of Nigeria. At the dawn of their establishment, they were known as sanitary attendants because their primary function then was to serve as helping hands to colonial masters (sanitary inspectors) who execute sanitary duties themselves. On a clearer note, colonial masters who oversaw sanitization were called ‘sanitary inspectors‘ while Nigerians who worked under them were referred to as ‘sanitary attendants‘. Continue reading The Historical Background Of Sanitary Inspectors In Nigeria
Operation wetie was the name given to the series of riots that characterized both the political and civilian scene of the defunct Western Region of Nigeria in the 1960s. Operation wetie, in the context of the crises, means to douse or wet politicians, their properties and supporters with petrol and set them ablaze. The background of the riots is traced to the 1962 Action Group crises which was a result of the struggle for power between two political leaders of the Western Region and Action Group (AG), Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Samuel Akintola. Continue reading Operation Wetie And The 1962 Action Group Crises: How Power Tussle Between Awolowo And Akintola Plunged Western Region Into Crises
Kalakuta Republic was the home of the late musician and political activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, his family and band members. The commune which was located at no. 14, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos, enclosed Fela’s recording studio, entertainment outfit and a private clinic operated by his brother, Beko Ransome-Kuti. The name ‘Kalakuta’ was a parody of Calcutta prison in India where Fela served a sentence in 1974 for possessing marijuana which many believed was politically motivated. Continue reading How and Why ‘Unknown Soldiers’ Invaded Fela’s Home (Kalakuta Republic) in 1977
The name ‘Babatunde Folorunsho’ seems nice and pleasant, but its bearer was actually a daylight terror and a nightmare to Nigerians in the early 1970s. Babatunde Folorunsho was an armed robber and a hardened criminal who threatened the peace and security of Nigerians in the 1970s with his ruthless group of bandits. He reigned almost the same time as the kingpin of Nigerian armed robbers, Ishola Oyenusi also known as Doctor rob and kill. Babatunde Folorunsho was dubbed ‘Baba oni lace‘ (Mr. Lace) because of his strong affection for lace outfits which he even wore during robbery operations. Continue reading Babatunde Folorunsho- The First Armed Robber To Be Publicly Executed In Nigeria
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.
See more photos and the list of officers executed below Continue reading Execution of General I.D Bisalla and other Feb. 1976 coup plotters (with photos)
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
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
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
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
Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s decomposing body was found in a bush near a village along Lagos-Abeokuta road on January 21, 1966, six days after he was abducted during the January 15, 1966 coup which was the first of its kind in Nigeria. Here is Ibrahim Babankowa’s account of how he tracked and found the bodies of Tafawa Balewa, Okotie Eboh and others.
On the 15th of January, 1966, Nigeria witnessed her first military coup d’état in which notable politicians were killed and some others went missing. Among those who were declared missing was the first and only Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was abducted during the coup d’etat and taken off to an unknown destination. There was a nationwide search for the Prime Minister but he could not be found; not until January 21, 1966, six days after the coup, that the decomposing body of Tafawa Balewa was found lying with other bodies, one belonging to Festus Okotie Eboh, the Finance Minister, in a village along Lagos-Abeokuta road. Continue reading January 21, 1966- Tafawa Balewa’s Dead Body Was Found Along Lagos-Abeokuta Road: True Story
On the 15th of May, 1976, the plotters of the February 1976 abortive coup (in which Gen. Murtala Muhammed was killed) led by Lieutenant Colonel Buka Suka Dimka were executed at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison in Lagos. Below is Lt-General Olusegun Obasanjo’s speech after the execution.
The Supreme Military Council has been meeting to consider, among other things the conclusions of the Military Tribunal appointed by the Federal Military Government to try those involved in the abortive coup of February 13. Continue reading Head of State Lt-General Olusegun Obasanjo’s Speech Following The Execution of February 1976 Coup Plotters Led By Dimka
Malcolm X, originally born Malcolm Little, was a notorious African-American hooligan who later became a world known human right activist and Islamic leader.
Malcolm X visited Nigeria on two occasions, one in 1959 and the other in 1964. His first visit to Nigeria in 1959 was to arrange a tour for Elijah Muhammad, the leader of ‘Nation of Islam‘, a black Muslim organization in America. Malcolm X’s second visit to Nigeria was in 1964. Continue reading Malcolm X’s Visit To Nigeria In 1959 And 1964
Growing up in Nigeria, Ghana and other neighboring countries, you must have heard of the popular term “Ghana Must Go“. Yes! It is the name of a common big bag used to store things or pack loads when traveling. But have you ever wondered why this bag, called “Chinatown tote” in USA and “Tuekenkoffer” in Germany, is called “Ghana Must Go” in Nigeria and Ghana? Well, someone did not just sit and coin the name for the bag, a real life incident that happened in Nigeria back in 1983 christened the bag “Ghana Must Go”.
In 1983, during the democratic regime of President Sheu Shagari, the federal government of Nigeria ordered a mass deportation of illegal immigrants living in Nigeria due to the atrocities most of them were reportedly perpetrating in the country. More than half of the deportation victims were Ghananians who had come to Nigeria in search of better living in the 1970s when Nigeria was experiencing oil boom and Ghana, political and economic hardship. The Nigerian government did not just wake up one day to expel over 2 million Africans, there were certain factors (one mentioned above) that culminated in the expulsion. Continue reading The True Story of the “Ghana Must Go” Saga in 1983
Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, is the largest city in Nigeria and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg. The city which lies in the south-western part of Nigeria is known for its rich and fascinating cultures, lifestyle, history and spellbinding tourist destinations. One of the most visited tourist destinations in Ibadan is the University of Ibadan zoological garden which proudly houses different animals ranging from lions to rabbits. It is a popular custom of many families living in Ibadan to visit the zoo during festive periods to hang out and have fun as well. So, on a fateful (later bloody) day in the Easter season of the year 1991, visitors stormed the U.I zoo as usual to enjoy the serene environment of the enclosure and have fun seeing different animals they have only seen on screens. Of all the animals in the zoo, the lions attract the highest number of visitors. It can even be concluded that a visit to U.I zoo without seeing the lions is not complete. Continue reading How Prophet Daniel Abodunrin Was Torn Apart By Lions at U.I. Zoo In 1991