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Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by finestmoraj(m): 4:54am On Jul 16, 2015
Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes

More than half a century ago Nigeria attained her independence from Britain. And there was a bunch of brave men, who fought for it's independence for the last drop of blood. Here is the list of 5 heroes who helped fighting for independence of Nigeria:

Herbert Macaulay
Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay (1864-1946) was a Nigerian journalist, politician, engineer and musician, considered by many Nigerians as the founder of Nigerian nationalism. Born in Lagos to Sierra Leonean Creole parents (descendants of freed African-American slaves settled in western Sierra Leone), he was the grandson of Bishop Ajayi Crowther and the son of the founder of the first secondary school in Nigeria, the CMS Grammar School, Lagos. After his secondary school education, he went abroad and studied civil engineering in Plymouth, England.

Macaulay was one of the first Nigerian nationalists and for most of his life a strong opponent to British rule in Nigeria. As a reaction to British claims that they were governing with "the true interest of the natives at heart", he wrote, "The dimensions of 'the true interest of the natives at heart' are algebraically equal to the length, breadth, and depth of the white man's pocket." In 1908, he exposed the corruption in the handling of railway finances and in 1919, argued successfully for the chiefs whose lands had been taken by the British, in front of the Privy Council in London and they were compensated. In retaliation for his uncompromising posture, he was jailed twice by the British.

On June 24, 1923, he founded the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP), the first Nigerian political party. He was an integral part of the constitutional development that later saw Nigeria actualising her dream of independence on October 1, 1960.

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe

Fondly renowned as ‘Zik of Africa,’ Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe an elder statesman, outstanding journalist, sportsman, politician and scholar was born to Igbo parents on November 16, 1904, in Zungeru, in Northern Nigeria. Azikiwe was a close friend and mentor to Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Incidentally, both men, who eventually became President and Prime Minister of their respective countries, attended the same college in the US: Lincoln University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Zik later became the first President of an independent Nigeria in 1963, a position he held for three years. Zik ventured into politics with the same passion and commitment to his pan-African and nationalist ideals. With Herbert Macaulay, he co-founded the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, and later became the secretary-general of the National Council in 1946.

After losing successive elections to Chief Obafemi Awolowo-led Action Group, Zik became the leader of the opposition to Awolowo’s government in the Western Region in 1951. He however became the Chief Minister and then Premier of the Eastern Region in 1952 and 1954 respectively. With these key positions, Zik’s prominence grew, just like his quest for national unity. Zik died on May 11, 1996 at the age of 91.

On his death, the New York Times noted that “As a lawyer, political scientist, journalist, political activist, President and for many years Nigeria’s elder statesman, Dr. Azikiwe towered over the affairs of Africa’s most populous nation, attaining the rare status of a truly national hero who came to be admired across the regional and ethnic lines dividing his country.”

Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Jeremiah Oyeniyi Obafemi Awolowo was born on March 6, 1909 in Ikenne, Remo, Ogun State. He had his primary school education at St. Saviour’s School, Ikenne, and at Imo Wesleyan School, Abeokuta. He attended Wesley College, Ibadan in 1927, and much later the University of London. He was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws by the University of London. He was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple on November 19, 1946.

Back home from Britain, Awolowo formed the cultural group known as “Egbe Omo Oduduwa” in 1949 and a political party, the Action Group, (AG), in 1951 also known as Egbe Afenifere in the western part of Nigeria as part of the social programme for the emancipation of Yoruba race. His party won the first elections ever conducted in Western Nigeria. As a result of that victory, the AG formed the first elected government in the Western Region and Awolowo became the Leader of Government Business and Minister for Local Government in 1952. In 1954, Awo (as he had come to be fondly known) became the first Premier of the Western Region. His party won the elections again in May 1956 and Awo retained his position as Premier. He voluntarily gave up that position when, on December 12, 1959, he was elected into the House of Representatives where he became the Leader of Opposition in Nigeria’s central legislature.

He stood up stoutly against mediocrity and drift in government, and began to define alternative channels along which Nigeria’s government should go. While he was in London, Awolowo moved to a position of prominence in the struggle for Nigerian independence. In 1945 he wrote his first book, Path to Nigerian Freedom, in which he was highly critical of British policies of indirect administration and called for rapid moves toward self-government and Africanisation of administrative posts in Nigeria. He also expressed his belief that federalism was the form of government best suited to the diverse populations of Nigeria, a position to which he consistently adhered.

He died on May 19, 1986.

Sir Ahmadu Bello

Reckoned as one of the most prominent political protagonist of Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello was born on the 12th June, 1910, in Rabbah, in Sokoto State. He was inevitably born with a silver spoon in his mouth as his family was believed to be the founder of Sokoto Empire. Ahmadu Bello had his earlier education in Sokoto Provincial School and later at Katsina Teacher's Training College. His political stint began when in 1934; he became the district head of Rabbah, and was later promoted as the divisional head of Gusau city. After his return from England, Ahmadu Bello became the representative of the Sokoto province in House of Assembly. In the year 1954, Bello became the top Premier of Northern Nigeria. His efforts to unify the different tribes of Nigeria received good response from different parts of the country. On 15th January 1966, he was assassinated.

Chief Anthony Enahoro
Anthony Eremosele Enahoro (1923-2010) was one of Nigeria's foremost anti-colonial and pro-democracy activists. Enahoro had a long and distinguished career in the media, politics, the civil service and the pro-democracy movement.

The Edo-born politician was an accomplished journalist, who served as editor in the newspaper empire of Nnamdi Azikiwe. In 1953, he became the first to move the motion for Nigeria's independence, which was eventually granted in 1960, after several political setbacks and defeats in parliament. Enahoro is regarded by academics and many Nigerians as the father of the Nigerian State.

He was prominent in politics at a time of rapid change. He was twice jailed for sedition by the colonial government for an article allegedly mocking a former governor, and then for a speech allegedly inciting Nigerian troops serving in the British Army.

Source: Naija.com
Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by jeffizy(m): 5:02am On Jul 16, 2015
Majority of people mature enough at those times these heroes reigned testified to their good works and all.

But the minority voices that have negative opinions are the ones I get interested in these days.

Because, I believe there are two sides to a coin. smiley
Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by xreal: 5:06am On Jul 16, 2015
OK approved.

I was thinking I would see GEJ on the list, I couldn't had approved it; I rebuke any Tanoid planning to quote me. FIRE!!!
Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by Boy101(m): 5:22am On Jul 16, 2015
Top 5?
Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by Realist5: 5:23am On Jul 16, 2015
@OP, your brain is working...
Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by Nobody: 5:24am On Jul 16, 2015
Obafemi Awolowo, a true and real thinker and strategist
Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by Nobody: 5:27am On Jul 16, 2015
Hmmn.. I will be a national hero one day.. Insha Allah..

Listen to dis freestyle by me..

Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by Edwardhead(m): 5:27am On Jul 16, 2015
sadThe labour of our heroes past are now in vain...
Re: Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes by Johnestins1(m): 5:31am On Jul 16, 2015

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