Theophilus Owolabi Shobowale Benson (23 July 1917 – 13 February 2008), commonly known as “TOS” Benson, was a Nigerian lawyer who became one of the most prominent Yoruba politicians in the period leading up to Nigerian independence in 1960. Benson (center) during a visit to Berlin in June 1963. He served as the Minister of…Details
Born on November 6, 1917 in Ebem, Ohafia, Abia State, Professor Eni Njoku was educated at Ebem Primary School and attended Hope Waddell Training Institute, Calabar between 1933 and 1936. He went to Yaba Higher School (now Yaba College of Technology) Lagos in 1937. Eni Njoku studied botany at the University of Manchester in England.…Details
Shettima Kashim Ibrahim (10 June 1910 – 25 July 1990) was a Kanuri politician who was head of the Native Administration in Borno and was a minister for Social Services in the 1950s. He held the traditional title of Waziri of the Emirate of Borno after two previous Waziris had been forced to resign as…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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;…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Vaughan was born in Lagos on 30 May 1893, the son of James Wilson Vaughan. His father was a prosperous Lagos merchant. He was among the first set of scholars at King’s College, Lagos when it was founded in 1909. Vaughan and Isaac Ladipo Oluwole were the two first Nigerian students at the University of…Details
Orlando Martins (1899–1985) was a pioneering black actor in film and on stage. In the late 1940s, he was one of England’s most prominent and leading black actors, and in a poll conducted in 1947, he was listed among England’s top 15 favorite actors. Martins was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a civil servant Brazilian…Details