Ajayi Crowther: Facts and Figures.

Ajayi Crowther died of a stroke, in Lagos, on 31 December 1891 and was buried at Ajele Cemetery in Lagos. In 1971 the Lagos State Government under Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson desired to use the site of Ajele Cemetery for new government offices and issued notices to families of the deceased. The Anglican Bishop of Lagos,…


Sir Albert Ernest Kitson KBE.

After his initial work in Victoria, Kitson spent much of his subsequent professional life in Africa. Recognising his geological talents Professor J. W. Gregory recommended him for a post as Principal mineral surveyor in Southern Nigeria where he went on to discover coal and lignite. In 1909 he discovered black bituminous coal along the Enugu-Udi…


Peter Dennis

Peter Dennis (25 October 1933 – 18 April 2009) was a Screen Actors Guild Award and Drama-Logue Award winning English film, television, theatre and voice actor. His extensive career spanned both sides of the Atlantic with projects ranging from The Avengers to Sideways. He was perhaps best known for his more than three decades association…


Gilad Shalit.

Gilad Shalit salutes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after landing in IDF airbase in the center of Israel. Gilad Shalit was released (18-10-11) form hamas captivity, after 5 and a half years in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, including some convicted of multiple murders and carrying out terror attacks against Israeli civilians (according to Israeli…


1967: Elizabeth Robinson and Betty Blankenship.

1967: Elizabeth Robinson and Betty Blankenship joined the Indianapolis Police Department and are the nation’s first women assigned to patrol duties in a car. 1969: President Nixon’s Executive Order 11478 signed on August 8, 1969, ended discrimination in the federal service based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or handicap. This lifted the ban…


July 12, 1957. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

July 12, 1957. Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first president to employ a helicopter while in office. At 2:08 pm, USAF helicopter pilot Maj. Joseph E. Barrett lifted off in H-13J serial number 57-2729 [now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center] with Eisenhower sitting in the right rear and James Rowley, chief of…



A Lagos lawyer Mr Tunji Braithwaite launched a new party in Lagos Nigeria on Thursday 28th, 1978. Its is called ‘NIGERIA ADVACE PARTY (NAP). On the party manifesto, one of the major agenda of the party to the Nigerian voters read as follows: His party, he said, would wipe out mosquitoes and eliminate rats from…



Occasionally, a few days were designated to allow black people to attend the zoo with the restriction placed on whites. The things our history books don’t tell us..

Biography of General Muhammadu Buhari.

Muhammadu buhari is seen here (EXTREME LEFT) in the Lugard Platoon in the Young Officers’ course No. 5 on April 9, 1962 at the Nigeria Military Training College, NMTC Kaduna (which later metamorphosed into the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA) from May 1963 to July 1963. He was appointed the Military Governor of the North-East State.…



DATE:Jan/Feb.1956: In this old photo, the Queen taps the shoulder of Sir Francis Ibiam with a sword,when she created him a Knight of the British Empire (KBE).The Investiture took place at Enugu, Eastern Nigeria. Sourced from: flickr.com/21116944 Note that Agyuiyi Ironsi is standing behind the Queen and he was assigned as equerry to Queen Elizabeth…


Nigerian Navy Special Forces.

GULF OF GUINEA (April 19, 2014) – A member of the Nigerian Special Boat Services (NSBS) prepares to search a compartment of the joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) during a simulated boarding as part of Obangame Express 2014. Obangame Express is a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored multinational maritime exercise designed to increase maritime safety…


Anambra Waxbill

The Anambra waxbill (Estrilda poliopareia) is a species of estrildid finch found in wetter land of southern Nigeria and no where else in the world. The Anambra waxbill lives in small flocks of up to 20 birds or more. It appears to be found at southern Nigeria, and is known with certainty from only five…



A grain hopper tagged with the name of a Nigerian breakaway republic – the focus of Nigeria’s 1969 Civil War? On a siding along BNSF’s Galveston subdivision between Sealy and Wallis TX. Apparently there is a Minneapolis-based art movement called Biafra, no relation to Nigeria.

Sourced from: Roy luck.

Umaru Dikko, the man who was nearly spirited away in a diplomatic bag ,1984.

The Dikko affair was a joint Nigerian-Israeli attempt to kidnap Umaru Dikko, a former Nigerian civilian government minister living in the United Kingdom, in 1984, and secretly transport him back to Nigeria in a diplomatic bag. The kidnapping took place, but the transportation was unsuccessful. After it was foiled, the political fallout seriously damaged relations…



In 1983, when Chadian forces invaded Nigeria in the Borno State, Buhari used the forces under his command to chase them out of the country, crossing into Chadian territory in spite of an order given by President Shagari to withdraw.This 1983 Chadian military affair led to more than 100 victims and “prisoners of war”. Sourced…


Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin.

When Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin. Einstein said, “What I admire most about your art, is its universality. You do not say a word, and yet … the world understands you.” “It’s true”, replied Chaplin, “But your fame is even greater: The world admires you, when nobody understands you.”

Sourced from: Judy Wilkenfeld


The Lagos Lawn tennis Club (LLTC) was established in 1895 by Lord Lugard, so the club existed before the Amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorate of Nigeria in 1914. The club was an all white club located in the heart of Lagos. This probably explained the formation of the Yoruba Club not too far…


Fort Metal Cross, Ghana.

Fort Metal Cross is a fort in Dixcove, Ghana. It was built by the British as a trading post in 1683. Brandenburg-Prussia started building Fort Groß Friedrichsburg about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of Dixcove in 1683, (now Princes Town) in the colony of Brandenburger Gold Coast but it was not completed until the 1690s.…


Malmö MFI-9 of the Biafran Airforce.

The Malmö Flygindustri MFI-9 Junior was a light aircraft produced in Sweden in the 1960s. The aircraft was also produced under license as the Bölkow Bo 208. One variant of the MFI-9 which gained widespread fame was the MiniCOIN (an acronym for “Miniature Counter-Insurgency”), a modification of the MFI-9B military trainer variant of the MFI-9,…


The Olusosun landfill is a 100-acre dump in Lagos, Nigeria

The Olusosun landfill is a 100-acre dump in Lagos, Nigeria. It is the largest in Africa, and one of the largest in the world. The site receives up to 10,000 tons of rubbish each day. Waste from around 500 container ships is also delivered to the site, adding a substantial portion of electronic waste. Some…


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…


A History of the Business Cards.

Business cards began in the 17th century in Europe, where they were used to announce the impending arrival of prosperous or aristocratic people to their local town or even their home. They were shaped and sized in a similar way to a playing card and became a staple of the elite by the middle of…


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…



Buka Suka Dimka ( ? – May 15, 1976), a Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian army (an officer of the army physical training corps), led the February 13, 1976 abortive military coup against the government of General Murtala Ramat Mohammed. Dimka also participated in the Nigerian Counter-Coup of 1966 which toppled the government of General…


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…


State House Marina,Lagos Nigeria

State House Marina,Lagos Nigeria: built in 1886, was the residence of the Head of State of Nigeria before 1967. Tafawa Balewa was kidnapped from that house and was never seen again.

SOURCE: Michelle Thomas


Long before Boko Haram, Dissenters were driven to the bring in northern Nigeria. Historical context for BH. White missionaries meeting a medicine man with his ‘trained hyena’ in Pategi, c. 1902