• THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST ANTHONY ENAHORO
    DIPLOMATIC HISTORY

    THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST ANTHONY ENAHORO

    Anthony Enahoro was born in Uromi (Edo- State) on the 22nd of July, 1923. He had his early education in Uromi, Owo and Lagos. Even as a young secondary school student, Enahoro was worried about colonial rule and agitated for democratic rule and the country’s independence from British colonial rule. In fact, as a student leader at King’s College, Lagos, he held students’ demonstration against colonial rule and called for Nigeria’s independence. As a young man, he actively participated in anti-colonial activities and identified with the struggle carried out by older Nigerian nationalists such as Nnamdi Azikiwe. In fact, in 1944, at the age of 21, he became the editor…

  • THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST HERBERT MACAULAY
    DIPLOMATIC HISTORY

    THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST HERBERT MACAULAY

    Born in Lagos on the 4th of November 1864, the full name of Herbert Macaulay is Olayinka Herbert Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay. His father who was the first principal of Church Missionary Society (C.M.S) Grammar School, Lagos was of Sierra Leonean origin. His mother, known as Abigail was the daughter of the first Anglican Bishop in Nigeria, Samuel Ajayi Crowther. Madam Abigail was a very good business woman and trader. Herbert Macaulay attended C.M.S Grammar School where his father was the principal. On completion of his secondary education, he secured admission into the prestigious Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone. After his college education, he joined the colonial administration’s Department…

  • THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST AMINU KANO
    DIPLOMATIC HISTORY

    THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST AMINU KANO

    Mallam Aminu Kano was born in Kano city in 1920. After his elementary school education in Kano, he proceeded to Katsina College. He also attended a course at the Institute of Education of the University of London. Like many children of his time in northern Nigeria, Mallam Aminu Kano was not happy with the colonial order and administration in northern Nigeria. As a teacher in Bauchi, he joined the newly formed Bauchi Discussion Circle of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Issues affecting the freedom and development of northern Nigeria and the country in general were discussed by this group in Bauchi. When Aminu Kano was transferred to Sokoto as the head of…

  • THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST ERNEST IKOLI
    DIPLOMATIC HISTORY

    THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST ERNEST IKOLI

    Ernest Ikoli was an Ijo from Nembe (Bayelsa State). He was born on the 25th of March, 1893 at Nembe. An important event happened in his town two years after he was born; King Frederick William of Koko Ming VIII of Nembe led 1000 of his warriors in an attack against the trading post of the Royal Niger Company at Membe because the people were tired of the exploitative activities of the British company. As a result, there was a devastating reprisal attack on the Nembe people by the British imperial government. This singular event in the history of the Nembe community became part of the historical consciousness of the…

  • THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST AHMADU BELLO
    POLITICAL HISTORY

    THE ROLES OF NIGERIAN NATIONALIST AHMADU BELLO

    Ahmadu Bello was born in Rabah (in Sokoto State) on the 12th of June 1909. His father was the Chief of Rabah and a descendant of the great Muslim scholar and jihadist, Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate in the 19th century. Ahmadu Bello started his education in the Sokoto Provincial School before proceeding to the prestigious Katsina Training College. On completion of his studies at the Katsina College in 1931, he was appointed a teacher of English Language at the Sokoto Middle School. Following the death of his brother who was the District Head of Rabah in 1934. Ahmadu Bello was appointed to succeed him.…

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