How Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti “sacked” the Alake of Egbaland in 1949

funmilayo   On January 3, 1949, Oba Samuel Ladapo Ademola (1872-1962) the 7th Alake of Egbaland (1920-1962), abdicated the throne due to a strife with Egba women, led by Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900-1978) and her sister-in-law, Eniola Soyinka, mother of Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka (b. 1934) , on the issue of tax. The women were made to pay heavy taxes [...]

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The Day President Richard Nixon of the United States of America Resigned

Nixon Resigns
  On August 9, 1974, President Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) of the United States of America resigned due to the Watergate scandal. He became the first and only [...]

Why General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown in 1975 (2)

Two important things to note about the July 29, 1975 coup, is that it was bloodless and was carried out by Gowon’s kinsman, his right hand man, then Colonel Joseph Nanven [...]

Why General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown in 1975

Gowon at Kampala
“Abinde mu ka jin soro, ya faru agida”, Gowon quietly told Alhaji Usman Faruk (born 1935) then Military Governor of North-Western State in Nigeria from 1967 to [...]

The Mystery of July 29: A Tale of Two Generals and A Rebel

Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi was 41 years 10 months and 318 days old when he became the Head of State of Nigeria on January 16, 1966 having been born on [...]

The 1967 Creation of 12 States and the Civil War in Nigeria

Several meetings were made by prominent Nigerians to the Military Governors and to Gowon as they tried to assuage the bourgeoning crisis in the country. The prominent [...]

Decree No. 8 of 1967 and the task to keep Nigeria as One

Decree 8
While the Federal Permanent Secretaries were evaluating the document to which their leaders were signatories, Ojukwu and the East had grown tougher with their demands. On [...]

Aburi 1967: Ojukwu’s wit, Gowon’s folly and the intervention of the Permanent Secretaries

By acceding to Ojukwu’s argument that the Regions should first “pull apart” in order to stay together, the other leaders in effect sanctioned Biafra’s secession, [...]

What really happened in Aburi that led to the Nigerian Civil War in 1967?

After the first military coup that installed Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi (1924-1966) as the first military Head of State of the country on January 16 [...]

18 interesting facts you may not know about General Sani Abacha

Gen. Abacha
General Sani Abacha was born on Monday, September 20, 1943 in Kano and also died and was buried on Monday, June 8, 1998. Today marks 18 years of the demise of General Sani [...]

Does Biafra still exist?

“And I would like therefore to take this opportunity to say that: I, Major-General Phillip Effiong, Officer of Peace Administering the Government of the Republic of [...]