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→
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→
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→
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→
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→
For the first time in the history of football, Nigeria participated in the FIFA world cup tournament held in USA in 1994 after many years of failed attempts. The Nigerian players were very determined and put in all their efforts to win the cup. With burning enthusiasm, the Nigerian team, coached by Clemens Westerhof, topped their group (Group D) followed by Bulgaria, Argentina and Greece. Continue reading Nigeria at 1994 World Cup Tournament (Pictures, Video and Full Squad Included)→