Theophilus Owolabi Shobowale Benson.

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…

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Prof Eni Njoku.

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.…

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Kashim Ibrahim.

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…

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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…

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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…

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JAMES CHURCHILL VAUGHAN 30TH MAY 1893-1937

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…

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