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ThrowBack Thursday: Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna Of Sokoto & Premier Of Northern Region

April 19, 2022

  Ahmadu Bello’s name rings a bell not only in the Northern part of Nigeria but equally across the country. Read more about ThrowBack Thursday Often in history books, he is referred to as one of the political figures murdered in the 1966 coup bloodbath, but the man has other layers to his legacy. Born … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna Of Sokoto & Premier Of Northern Region

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ThrowBack Thursday: Tafa Balogun: The Ex-IGP That Went to Jail

April 19, 2022

When ‘super cops’ are named as a subsection of historical happenings in Nigeria, the name Tafa Balogun comes to mind even before the embattled Abba Kyari is mentioned. The current travails of Abba Kyari being instantly changed from leading the Inspector General of Police (IGP)’s crack Intelligent Response Team (IRT) unit to being hunted by … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Tafa Balogun: The Ex-IGP That Went to Jail

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ThrowBack Thursday: Revisiting The Oputa Panel

April 19, 2022

  At the onset of the 4th Republic on May 29, 1999, when Olusegun Obasanjo assumed office as the civilian Executive President after more than a decade of military rule, the atmosphere remained tense for the democratic administration. Read more about ThrowBack Thursday Obasanjo began a campaign of reforms shortly after and so the Oputa … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Revisiting The Oputa Panel

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ThrowBack Thursday: The Biafran Midwest Invasion (3)

April 19, 2022

  Did you read the Part One and I hope you enjoyed the Part Two? This episode is a continuation in this series of the Biafran Invasion of the Midwest during the Nigeria-Biafran War (1967-70). Col. Ademoyega summarily relieved Ifeajuna (one of 5 Majors in the January, 15 1966 coup) of his command and replaced … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: The Biafran Midwest Invasion (3)

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ThrowBack Thursday: The Biafran Midwest Invasion(2)

April 19, 2022

If you’re reading this, that means you must have read Part One and find this series really interesting. Let us continue our journey. Some of the other early key actors in the Midwest invasion by Biafran forces were Lt. Col Emmanuel Ifeajuna (one of the 5 Majors that plotted January 15, 1966, coup) as the … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: The Biafran Midwest Invasion(2)

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ThrowBack Thursday: The Biafran Midwest Invasion (1)

April 19, 2022

  The Midwest Invasion codenamed Operation Torch by the Biafran military forces happened between the 9th of August 1967 and 20th September 20, 1967. It was a military operation that saw the Biafran military forces seize portions of Nigeria’s territory in the old Midwest region. Read more about Throwback Thursday The march towards the Midwest … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: The Biafran Midwest Invasion (1)

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ThrowBack Thursday: T.O Elias – Juror Par Excellence And Legal Scholars (2)

April 19, 2022

  As a sequel to part 1, Taslim Olawale Elias returned to London in 1957 where he was appointed to lead the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Read more about ThrowBack Thursday Shortly after, he returned to Nigeria and assumed the position of legal adviser to the National Council of Nigeria … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: T.O Elias – Juror Par Excellence And Legal Scholars (2)

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ThrowBack Thursday: Alvan Ikoku: Educationist, Activist And Statesman (1900-1971)

April 19, 2022

  Alvan Azinna Ikoku was born on August 1, 1900 in Amanagwu, Arochukwu in Abia State. Read more about Throwback Thursday Between 1911 and 1914, Alvan attended the Arochukwu Government Primary School.  From there, he moved to Hope Waddell College, Calabar, where he was mates with Akanu Ibiam and Eyo Ita Esua between 1915 and … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Alvan Ikoku: Educationist, Activist And Statesman (1900-1971)

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Throwback Thursday: Samuel Johnson – Pioneer Historian In Nigeria And Peacemaker (2)

April 19, 2022

  Samuel Johnson’s first recorded visit to his ancestral home in Oyo state was in 1873. By this time, he was married and with two daughters. Samuel Johnson was eventually deployed to Oyo to continue missionary work in 1881 – perhaps at his request. Read more about Throwback Thursday By 1888, he had become the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Samuel Johnson – Pioneer Historian In Nigeria And Peacemaker (2)

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Throwback Thursday: Samuel Johnson – Pioneer Historian In Nigeria And Peacemaker

April 19, 2022

  Samuel Johnson was born as the third of seven children of Henry Erugunjinmi Johnson & Sarah Johnson on June 24, 1846. Read more about Throwback Thursday Samuels father, Henry (who also gave himself the name Erugunjinmi) was a grandson of the 18th-century Alaafin Abiodun born in 1810. Born in the town of Oyo-Ile, capital … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Samuel Johnson – Pioneer Historian In Nigeria And Peacemaker

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Throwback Thursday: Nigeria VS Zambia (2010 AFCON Quarterfinals)

April 19, 2022

  Without a doubt, Nigerians are one of the most passionate football fans on earth and would go the extra mile to show their support for the country’s national football teams when the occasion calls for it. After narrowly qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Late Shuaibu Amodu led Super Eagles squad would … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Nigeria VS Zambia (2010 AFCON Quarterfinals)

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ThrowBack Thursday: Gani Fawehinmi – A Defender Of Human Rights

April 19, 2022

  Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi was born on 22nd April 1938 to Saheed and Munirat Fawehinmi of Ondo, in Ondo State. Gani had his early education at Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ondo from 1947 to 1953 and Victory College, Ikare for his secondary school education from 1954 to 1958. Read more about Throwback Thursday Gani’s passion for human … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Gani Fawehinmi – A Defender Of Human Rights

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ThrowBack Thursday: When Dele Giwa’s Name Was Cast In Gold With A Bomb (1986)

April 19, 2022

  In a time in our nation, Nigeria, where serious, truthful and unbiased reportage of controversial matters is lacking, the legacy of investigative journalism left behind by Dele Giwa is hardly equalled. Born Sumonu Oladele Giwa in Ife, Osun state, southwest Nigeria, on March 16, 1947, he grew up in Ife where he had his … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: When Dele Giwa’s Name Was Cast In Gold With A Bomb (1986)

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ThrowBack Thursday: The Four Teenagers Who Hijacked A Plane To Save Nigeria

April 19, 2022

  A few heroic tales have been told of instances where ordinary Nigerians took fate into their hands and moved to alter the direction history follows. Examples such as Wole Soyinka holding a broadcasting house at gunpoint to switch tapes of a Western region Premier’s broadcast remains one of the top daring acts in Nigerian … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: The Four Teenagers Who Hijacked A Plane To Save Nigeria

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ThrowBack Thursday – Walter Carrington: The Naturalised Nigerian Who Stood For Its Sovereignty

April 19, 2022

  To many Nigerians who have embarked on the pursuit of migrating from the shores of the country, Walter Carrington may mean a different thing to them. By moving for greener pasture in America, it may also reflect the irony behind the ideals which the former U.S ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, stood for when … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday – Walter Carrington: The Naturalised Nigerian Who Stood For Its Sovereignty

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ThrowBack Thursday: Ken Saro-Wiwa As A Martyr (1941-1995)

April 19, 2022

  Kenule Beeson “Ken” Saro-Wiwa was born on October 10, 1941, in Bori, Ogoni land in Rivers state. He was a gifted Nigerian writer, environmental activist, television producer,  and winner of the Right Livelihood Award for “exemplary courage in striving non-violently for civil, economic and environmental rights” and the Goldman Environmental Prize for his environmental … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Ken Saro-Wiwa As A Martyr (1941-1995)

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ThrowBack Thursday: The Spanish Influenza Which Ravaged Nigeria in 1918

April 19, 2022

Just like a repeat of history, the year 1918 was significant for two major events of which Nigeria was a partaker – the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Spanish Influenza pandemic. A few years before, Nigeria had just amalgamated its territories and provinces in 1914 under the supervision of … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: The Spanish Influenza Which Ravaged Nigeria in 1918

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ThrowBack Thursday – Nnamdi Azikwe: The First Indigent Governor-General of Nigeria (1)

April 19, 2022

Nnamdi Azikiwe was born on to Igbo parents, Obed-Edom Chukwuemeka Azikiwe and Rachel Chinwe Ogbenyeanu (Aghadiuno) Azikiwe, on November 16, 1904, in Zungeru, present-day Niger State. As a consequence of his father’s duties as a clerk in the colonial administration of Nigeria, he travelled extensively across Nigeria. This fact itself would help to later mould … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday – Nnamdi Azikwe: The First Indigent Governor-General of Nigeria (1)

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ThrowBack Thursday – James Pinson Labulo Davies: A Pioneer Nigerian of Many Firsts (2)

April 19, 2022

While captaining merchant vessels owned by Saros and navigating the coast between Freetown and the Niger Delta, Davies Labulo used the opportunity to trade in Palm Oil and cotton – a relatively lesser known trade commodity for African merchants. Within a few months, he had purchased two condemned slave ships at auction and began shipping … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday – James Pinson Labulo Davies: A Pioneer Nigerian of Many Firsts (2)

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ThrowBack Thursday – James Pinson Labulo Davies: A Pioneer Nigerian of Many Firsts (1)

April 19, 2022

James Pinson Labulo Davies was born on August 14, 1828 to James and Charlotte Davies in the village of Bathurst, Sierra Leone. Davies’ parents, James and Charlotte, had their origins in Abeokuta and Ogbomoso respectively. Bathurst, which was also a British colony, became home for these two who were rescued slaves after the Trans-Atlantic slave … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday – James Pinson Labulo Davies: A Pioneer Nigerian of Many Firsts (1)

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ThrowBack Thursday – Ibrahim Dasuki: The Sultan Of Sokoto That Abacha Cunningly Deposed

April 19, 2022

Ibrahim Dasuki was born to the lineage of Uthman Dan Fodio – the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate on December 31, 1923 in Dogon Daji, Sokoto State. He was the son of Haliru Ibn Barau, a district head of Dogon Daji. Dasuki began Qur’anic education in 1928. Afterwards, he proceeded to Dogondaji Elementary School in … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday – Ibrahim Dasuki: The Sultan Of Sokoto That Abacha Cunningly Deposed

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ThrowBack Thursday: What We Remember on The Armed Forces Remembrance Day

April 19, 2022

It was 50 years last week, January 15, 1970 that the Biafran Forces surrendered arms and the Nigerian Civil War officially ended. The day signalled the end of a long drawn war which is often tagged as genocidal with many Eastern Nigerians mainly of Igbo extraction as the victims. The day also marked the “No … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: What We Remember on The Armed Forces Remembrance Day

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ThrowBack Thursday: Amodu Tijani – The Lagos Customary Chief Who Defeated the British Government

April 19, 2022

The court case won by an Idejo white cap Chief in Lagos in 1921 proved not only to be a landmark verdict, but it re-emphasized the right which citizens of pre-colonial Nigeria should have over the land which they have inhabited long before the colonial masters arrived the shores of Nigeria. The land in dispute … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Amodu Tijani – The Lagos Customary Chief Who Defeated the British Government

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Throwback Thursday: Luaka Bop Introduces A 70’s Legend To A Younger Generation With ‘Who Is William Onyeabor?’

April 19, 2022

As an entertainment contributor eager to impress her editors, this writer spent most of 2019 tracking all the latest film and music releases. I inevitably came across the trailer for Abba T. Makama’s sensational 2019 release: The Lost Okoroshi. But it wasn’t just the fantastic and hilarious scenes that kept my eyes riveted to the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Luaka Bop Introduces A 70’s Legend To A Younger Generation With ‘Who Is William Onyeabor?’

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ThrowBack Thursday: When Oba Eshugbayi Eleko Fought Colonial Masters To Defend His Subjects (2)

April 19, 2022

Oba Eshugbayi Eleko was the only Oba of Lagos that assumed the title of ‘Eleko of Eko’, others took the title of ‘Oba of Lagos. However, his reign is remarkable because he was fiercely defended his subjects against colonialism like they were co-owners of the bustling city of Lagos in the early 20th century. Eshugbayi’s … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: When Oba Eshugbayi Eleko Fought Colonial Masters To Defend His Subjects (2)

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Throwback Thursday: How Norimitsu Onishi Christened The Nigerian Film Industry

April 19, 2022

Nollywood existed before it was christened. Nigerian films were first made in the 1960’s by legendary pioneers like Herbert Ogunde and Ola Balogun. But most cinematic efforts were focused on theatre and folklore. The first generation of Nigerian filmmakers struggled with the expensive production costs of quality film. Shooting on celluloid film, as their foreign … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: How Norimitsu Onishi Christened The Nigerian Film Industry

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ThrowBack Thursday: Oyinkan Abayomi – The Woman Who Led a Political Party

April 19, 2022

When we talk politics in Nigeria, women are hardly seen at the forefront. But a daring woman who stopped at nothing to enter the political arena with the strongest of men in the early history of Nigeria changed that narrative. This icon was born Oyinkansola Ajasa to Sir Kitoye Ajasa, a prominent Yoruba who was … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Oyinkan Abayomi – The Woman Who Led a Political Party

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ThrowBack Thursday: Nana Asma’u – The 19th Century Scholar Who Became A Forerunner of Gender Equality

April 19, 2022

Nana Asma’u bint Shehu Usman dan Fodio, the daughter of the famous Jihadist and founder of the Sokoto caliphate – Usman Dan Fodio – was born in Sokoto in 1793. She was a princess, a poet, teacher, and also a proponent of modern feminism in Africa and gender equality who led by example. Nana Asma’u … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Nana Asma’u – The 19th Century Scholar Who Became A Forerunner of Gender Equality

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ThrowBack Thursday: When Oba Eshugbayi Fought Colonial Masters To Defend His Subjects

April 19, 2022

Though the British did not witness any other violent resistance from Lagos after the British forces bombardment in 1851. Oba Eshugbayi Eleko, however, constituted one of the fiercest resistance to the effective running of Lagos and the whole of Nigeria by the colonialists. Oba Eshugbayi, born in the 19th Century to Oba Dosumu who ceded … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: When Oba Eshugbayi Fought Colonial Masters To Defend His Subjects

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ThrowBack Thursday: Fela Performs at the Felt Forum, New York In 1986

April 19, 2022

On Sept. 4, 1984, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was stopped at the airport, arrested and imprisoned for 20 months. Fela and his band were attempting to board a plane to New York from Lagos when the arrest happened. They were heading to America for a concert, but that concert did not hold until November 8, 1986, … Continue reading ThrowBack Thursday: Fela Performs at the Felt Forum, New York In 1986

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