How Adetokunbo Adegboyega Ademola (Chief Justice of Nigeria 1958-72) and British High Commisioner saved Nigeria from Disintegration 1966.

IN THE first military coup d’etat in Nigeria in 1966, it was Adetokunbo Ademola who, with the British High Commissioner in Lagos, saved Nigeria from disintegration. When Major-General Thomas Aguyi Ironsi, an Ibo, who had become head of state after the coup which ended the first Nigerian republic, was himself overthrown in a counter-coup led…

Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) Headdress

This type of headdress was worn by troops serving with Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF). This formation included The Nigeria Regiment, The Gold Coast Regiment, The Sierra Leone Battalion and The Gambia Company. These units were subsequently absorbed into the newly independent armed forces of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia respectively when…

Alhassan Dantata (1877– 17 August 1955) inventor of the groundnut pyramids of Northern Nigeria.

Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhassan Dantata, a prominent nut trader. Dantata came to Kano in 1919 and within five years was one of the most successful businessmen, supplying the Royal Niger Company (RNC) with most of their groundnuts. Dantata’s company kept their groundnuts at a facility in Kofar Nassarawa, and they stacked the…

Molotov cocktail

The name “Molotov cocktail” was coined by the Finns during the Winter War. The name is an insulting reference to Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was responsible for the setting of “spheres of interest” in Eastern Europe under the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in August 1939. A Molotov cocktail is a breakable glass bottle containing a…

Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak, left, stands with a pistol over the body of a Palestinian hijacker on the wing of a Sabena plane at Lod Ben Gurion airport, as other members of his unit evacuate passengers from the plane. Barak went on to become the Labor Party leader in Israel and was prime minister from 1999 to…

California Condor

The rather dramatic looking California Condor was on the brink of extinction by the 1980s. But thanks to a concerted conservation effort, the first wild condor chick for over two decades was born in 2002.The California condor is the largest bird in America, having a massive wingspan of nearly 3metres