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…

Chief Julius Momo Udochi was the first Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, 1960-1965.

He was a Teacher 1931-1938; a Customs Officer in the Nigerian Civil Service 1938-1945; Assistant secretary, Nigerian Secretariat 1945-1947; Hon. Provincial Secretary Nigerian Civil Service Union, Co-Editor “The Nigerian Civil Servant” 1939-1945; Called to the English Bar as a Barrister at Law (Hon. Society of the Middle Temple Inn) in 1950; He practiced Law 1950-1960;…

Norman Alfred Pannell

Norman Alfred Pannell, FCIS (17 April 1901 – 8 March 1976) was a British finance manager and politician who became a Liverpool Conservative Party Member of Parliament. He was known as one of the strongest supporters of restrictions on immigration, but his campaign ended when he lost his seat in 1964. Pannell attended Sir George…

KEN SARO-WIWA

Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro Wiwa (Oct. 10, 1941 – Nov. 10, 1995) was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist and member of the Ogoni people whose Niger Delta homeland has been targeted and exploited by Shell, Chevron and other oil corporations since the 1950s, suffering extreme environmental pollution and terrorist violence to keep the…

Snake Man Potions in 1970s Nigeria

This price list is from “The Head of Snake Chairman” visiting a Shell camp in 1970s Warri in Nigeria. The many exotic potions listed include “Medicine for Promotion”, “To prevent bad Juju”, “To go in contact with woman and no disease”, “Medicine to catch Thieves” and more. The piece comes from a collection donated by…

The Lijadu Sisters, Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, are identical twin sisters from Nigeria who were an important music duet from the mid-1960s to the 1980s

They achieved success in Nigeria and had modest influence in the United States and Europe. They were notable for being a West African version of the Pointer Sisters who mixed Afrobeat sounds with jazz and disco, according to one source. Since the late 1980s, they retired from the music scene The twins grew up in…