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History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by WealthyNigerian: 3:19pm On Jan 23
I LONG FOR THE DAYS OF WESTERN NIGERIA When Yorubas were allowed to Develop before they were manipulated because of Envy.

Many people, today, (including those in their 50’s!) don’t know this.

I long for the days of Western Nigeria Yoruba United Country (Federating Sub-Country before the True Federalism Law was destroyed in 1966). I long for those days when I lived in peace, knowing that I was well taken care of.

When my then Premier (Chief executive of Western Nigeria) - Obafemi Awolowo didn’t have to wait, every month, for Federal Government allocation, before doing for us what Development plans he had. That was when the white man, Europeans: Caucasian was completely demystify as a total Equal to Black Man. The Great Obafemi Awokow was always very bold to tell other African Leaders that saw white People as gods that "Africans and European have exactly same number of Brain Cells. Whatever a White Man has done, a Black Man can do even much more better."
This is much true because we were already much Civilized long ago when the white man confessed that they were still Barbarians. Truly, all Humanity agrees that Civilization started in Africa, not in Europe or Asia.

Awolowo proved all the above by motivating Yoruba Land during his reign as Western Nigerian Premier to become the first Ever in Africa to have Glass Production Company named Oluwa Glass, Tyer Manufacturing Company, Odua Textile Cloth Manufacturing Company in Ekiti, and many other Industries and manufactring Companies were established in Western Nigeria when such have never existed before anywhere in Africa. In fact, Yoruba Land had Telephone fully functional all over Western Nigeria when many European Countries such as Lithuania and many other have never even have such. They were still depending on Traditional Mailing System when Yoruba Black Africans were already using Telephones. Kwame Nkuruma and many other African Leaders saw what he was doing and were completely wowed! They were thankful to him and quickly followed in his footsteps to Develop their respective African Countries.

Fear soon gripped the Colonialists, knowing fully well that African Leaders have now been taught with clear and visible Proofs that we are not inferior to them at all. They knew that if nothing was done, Africa shall soon be as Developped as America, Germany, China, etc. And even soon surpass them because we have all the Natural Resources that the exploiters don't have. They soon found willing African Traitors that have always said "After God Almighty, is the white man." Africans that loved their Slavery mentality as Tools of White Man more than Real Genuine African Freedom. They got the deceiful African Leaders that are full of bitter cancerous Envy for the Genuine African Leaders like the Great Obafemi Awolowo, Kwame Nkuruma, Thomas Sankra, etc. They used the Greedy, Deceitful, demonically Selfish Manipulative African Leaders (that have no iota of Love for Africans) against our True African Heroes. Research History to see those demonically Selfish and Greedy African "leaders" (in actuality, Real African Traitors that were used to Cripple the Awesome Rising that Africa as a Continent was experiencing).

There was a time in this country when we actually had THREE COUNTRIES effectively within the country. And each country was RUNNING SMOOTHLY on its own. It’s like England, Scotland, and Wales (each of them individual countries in themselves, with their own flag, anthem, etc.) yet making up the country called Great Britain.

At that time, Western Nigeria was a COUNTRY on its own. We had our own WESTERN NIGERIA CONSTITUTION. Just like Eastern Nigeria (another country) had theirs. And Northern Nigeria (yet ANOTHER COUNTRY!) had theirs.

These three countries (just like England, Wales and Scotland) had a jointly-agreed-upon federal government which only took care of matters of COMMON INTEREST – like Defence, for instance, but was NOT a humongous task-master that keeps breathing down the neck of those Regions.

Yes, we called them Regions, but the truth was that they were DIFFERENT COUNTRIES which had decided to come together to operate a FEDERAL SYSTEM. A Federal System in which the REGIONS WERE THE MASTERS OF THEIR OWN DESTINIES.

Western Nigeria had a MINISTER OF EDUCATION (not a Commissioner) Eastern Nigeria had their own MINISTER OF EDUCATION. Northern Nigeria had theirs too.

Similarly there were all other MINISTERS – because these were COUNTRIES on their own. The Federal MINISTER OF EDUCATION was NOT in any way a superior to the Regional Ministers of Education. He simply supervised those educational institutions that were strictly owned by the joint Federal Government belonging to the THREE REGIONS – the THREE COUNTRIES.

*The 3 Regions actually owned the Federal Government, and not the other way round!* Just as the countries of West Africa, today, own ECOWAS.

Western Nigeria had its own FOREIGN EMBASSIES. We chose our own foreign friends. And they didn’t have to be the same countries that Nigeria at the Federal level related with.

There was NO unified salary structure. I remember Western Nigeria paid the highest civil servants’ salaries in the entire Federation! *It was one of the reasons there weren’t many Yorubas, relatively speaking, in the employment of the Federal Government!*

Our Igbo brothers on the other hand flocked to Lagos as their region paid far less than the Federal Government.

Because, what were you looking for in the Federal civil service, when Western Nigeria could pay more. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not only TRUE, but, also, they don’t want you to know this TRUTH, so that you won’t long for those days, and so that they can keep you and your people in BONDAGE to this present Federal Government that is now alpha and omega.

When every other region (and the colonial masters too) thought it was IMPOSSIBLE to give free education to children, Western Nigeria said we can do it. And WE did it. Boy! Education became FREE in all PRIMARY SCHOOLS in Western Nigeria.

Most of us attended MISSION schools in those days, as there were only very few schools established by government itself.

But the free education given by Western Nigeria was to ALL children in primary schools. Yes, all children *So those mission schools, compulsorily, STOPPED charging fees! The Western Nigeria government (because it had control of its own resources and was NEVER in any way tied to the apron strings of the Federal Government) provided for ALL the schools – regardless of whether they were directly owned by government or not!*
That’s why many people think that my generation attended public schools. The truth is that, if public schools mean schools owned by government, there were VERY FEW SCHOOLS OWNED BY GOVERNMENT.

IN THOSE DAYS, and most of us actually attended schools owned by missions – churches. *But my dear Western Nigeria gave ALL OF US free primary education, whether in Government or Private Mission Schools* !

And they intended taking it higher before the Army truncated that system in 1966.

My dear Western Nigeria established the University of Ife. *Awolowo was not as parochial as those of recent years. He did not take the University to his place at Ikenne, Ogun State.* He could have done it then.

Now, go ask your elders what is meant by University of Ife. They will tell you that it is that University which struck WORLD-WIDE ATTENTION right from its inception!

It’s not for nothing that it’s called “GREAT IFE” From its very inception, it shot to the limelight *Professor Banji Akintoye,* a renowned historian, RESIGNED his position at the University of Ibadan (which had been established by the colonial masters after the pattern of British universities) to go to Ife! Ife was IRRESISTIBLE! Ife became THE STANDARD.

May God bless the soul and memory of *Professor Hezikaih Oluwasanmi* and his cohorts for bringing prestige to the Yoruba Nation

Because Western Nigeria had their Destiny in their own hands, and we pursued it with vigour, until they took away our patrimony from us!

The military struck in 1966, and, with one thing leading to another, they gradually TOOK AWAY THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE REGIONS and gave the powers of those regions to a humongous and behemoth *Unitary Government of Nigeria* that now CONTROLS OUR DESTINY.

They took the University of Ife away from us (commandeered it, military style) and made it a FEDERAL UNIVERSITY Go and ask those who know, they will tell you that that’s the day the UNIVERSITY OF IFE STARTED GOING DOWN.

They now sought to placate us, later, by naming it OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY. Na dat one we wan chop? *It is time now that we behind to act towards taking back our sovereignty!* We need to take back our property. We need to start the fight to get control of our own resources.

We are TIRED of your Nigeria that is suffocating us!

Western Nigeria established the FIRST television station in Africa. Even when the Federal Government did NOT have a television station! Officials of the Federal Government came (they were invited!) to come and watch when we opened the first television station in Africa, in 1959. It was named WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION (WNTV) and the first face ever, on television in Africa, was one of our mummies (who was a young girl at the time), *Anike Agbaje-Williams.* Western Nigeria caught the attention of the world They came later, and took away WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION from us, and they named it NTA, which now call themselves the first and largest television network in Africa.

The so-called Federal Government controlled by Northerners soldiers took over our patrimony. This was sadly but naively aided by our own *Chief R.A. Ogunlade* , the then Federal Minister of Information

The Unitary Government of Nigeria took over our Liberty Stadium and other icons of our achievements as a proud Yoruba Nation.

It is fact of history though that our brethren YORUBAS in uniform were naive and got carried away by the fake promise of a United Nigeria. Their antelope was sadly in bed with the hyena of the Fulanis. Very sadly indeed to have been akimbo while their Northern colleagues got away with cunning deception.

Now that the fake Federation has turned out to be a Unitary Government of Nigeria, the time is nigh to start the quest to regain the Yoruba Nation.

The time is nigh.

GIVE ME THE OLD WESTERN NIGERIA.

MAY ALMIGHTY CREATOR BLESS YORUBA PEOPLES ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH WISDOM TO FOCUS ON DEVELOPING AND SECURING YORUBA LAND!

Prince Lanre Adegun
Akin Fapohunda.

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by WealthyNigerian: 3:19pm On Jan 23
Africa shall surely be Great!

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by WealthyNigerian: 3:19pm On Jan 23
Africa shall surely be Great!

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by MissJ0(f): 3:26pm On Jan 23
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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by EmekaBlue(m): 4:29pm On Jan 23
WealthyNigerian:
I LONG FOR THE DAYS OF WESTERN NIGERIA When Yorubas were allowed to Develop before they were manipulated because of Envy.

Many people, today, (including those in their 50’s!) don’t know this.

I long for the days of Western Nigeria Yoruba United Country (Federating Sub-Country before the True Federalism Law was destroyed in 1966). I long for those days when I lived in peace, knowing that I was well taken care of.

When my then Premier (Chief executive of Western Nigeria) - Obafemi Awolowo didn’t have to wait, every month, for Federal Government allocation, before doing for us what Development plans he had. That was when the white man, Europeans: Caucasian was completely demystify as a total Equal to Black Man. The Great Obafemi Awokow was always very bold to tell other African Leaders that saw white People as gods that "Africans and European have exactly same number of Brain Cells. Whatever a White Man has done, a Black Man can do even much more better."
This is much true because we were already much Civilized long ago when the white man confessed that they were still Barbarians. Truly, all Humanity agrees that Civilization started in Africa, not in Europe or Asia.

Awolowo proved all the above by motivating Yoruba Land during his reign as Western Nigerian Premier to become the first Ever in Africa to have Glass Production Company named Oluwa Glass, Tyer Manufacturing Company, Odua Textile Cloth Manufacturing Company in Ekiti, and many other Industries and manufactring Companies were established in Western Nigeria when such have never existed before anywhere in Africa. In fact, Yoruba Land had Telephone fully functional all over Western Nigeria when many European Countries such as Lithuania and many other have never even have such. They were still depending on Traditional Mailing System when Yoruba Black Africans were already using Telephones. Kwame Nkuruma and many other African Leaders saw what he was doing and were completely wowed! They were thankful to him and quickly followed in his footsteps to Develop their respective African Countries.

Fear soon gripped the Colonialists, knowing fully well that African Leaders have now been taught with clear and visible Proofs that we are not inferior to them at all. They knew that if nothing was done, Africa shall soon be as Developped as America, Germany, China, etc. And even soon surpass them because we have all the Natural Resources that the exploiters don't have. They soon found willing African Traitors that have always said "After God Almighty, is the white man." Africans that loved their Slavery mentality as Tools of White Man more than Real Genuine African Freedom. They got the deceiful African Leaders that are full of bitter cancerous Envy for the Genuine African Leaders like the Great Obafemi Awolowo, Kwame Nkuruma, Thomas Sankra, etc. They used the Greedy, Deceitful, demonically Selfish Manipulative African Leaders (that have no iota of Love for Africans) against our True African Heroes. Research History to see those demonically Selfish and Greedy African "leaders" (in actuality, Real African Traitors that were used to Cripple the Awesome Rising that Africa as a Continent was experiencing).

There was a time in this country when we actually had THREE COUNTRIES effectively within the country. And each country was RUNNING SMOOTHLY on its own. It’s like England, Scotland, and Wales (each of them individual countries in themselves, with their own flag, anthem, etc.) yet making up the country called Great Britain.

At that time, Western Nigeria was a COUNTRY on its own. We had our own WESTERN NIGERIA CONSTITUTION. Just like Eastern Nigeria (another country) had theirs. And Northern Nigeria (yet ANOTHER COUNTRY!) had theirs.

These three countries (just like England, Wales and Scotland) had a jointly-agreed-upon federal government which only took care of matters of COMMON INTEREST – like Defence, for instance, but was NOT a humongous task-master that keeps breathing down the neck of those Regions.

Yes, we called them Regions, but the truth was that they were DIFFERENT COUNTRIES which had decided to come together to operate a FEDERAL SYSTEM. A Federal System in which the REGIONS WERE THE MASTERS OF THEIR OWN DESTINIES.

Western Nigeria had a MINISTER OF EDUCATION (not a Commissioner) Eastern Nigeria had their own MINISTER OF EDUCATION. Northern Nigeria had theirs too.

Similarly there were all other MINISTERS – because these were COUNTRIES on their own. The Federal MINISTER OF EDUCATION was NOT in any way a superior to the Regional Ministers of Education. He simply supervised those educational institutions that were strictly owned by the joint Federal Government belonging to the THREE REGIONS – the THREE COUNTRIES.

*The 3 Regions actually owned the Federal Government, and not the other way round!* Just as the countries of West Africa, today, own ECOWAS.

Western Nigeria had its own FOREIGN EMBASSIES. We chose our own foreign friends. And they didn’t have to be the same countries that Nigeria at the Federal level related with.

There was NO unified salary structure. I remember Western Nigeria paid the highest civil servants’ salaries in the entire Federation! *It was one of the reasons there weren’t many Yorubas, relatively speaking, in the employment of the Federal Government!*

Our Igbo brothers on the other hand flocked to Lagos as their region paid far less than the Federal Government.

Because, what were you looking for in the Federal civil service, when Western Nigeria could pay more. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not only TRUE, but, also, they don’t want you to know this TRUTH, so that you won’t long for those days, and so that they can keep you and your people in BONDAGE to this present Federal Government that is now alpha and omega.

When every other region (and the colonial masters too) thought it was IMPOSSIBLE to give free education to children, Western Nigeria said we can do it. And WE did it. Boy! Education became FREE in all PRIMARY SCHOOLS in Western Nigeria.

Most of us attended MISSION schools in those days, as there were only very few schools established by government itself.

But the free education given by Western Nigeria was to ALL children in primary schools. Yes, all children *So those mission schools, compulsorily, STOPPED charging fees! The Western Nigeria government (because it had control of its own resources and was NEVER in any way tied to the apron strings of the Federal Government) provided for ALL the schools – regardless of whether they were directly owned by government or not!*
That’s why many people think that my generation attended public schools. The truth is that, if public schools mean schools owned by government, there were VERY FEW SCHOOLS OWNED BY GOVERNMENT.

IN THOSE DAYS, and most of us actually attended schools owned by missions – churches. *But my dear Western Nigeria gave ALL OF US free primary education, whether in Government or Private Mission Schools* !

And they intended taking it higher before the Army truncated that system in 1966.

My dear Western Nigeria established the University of Ife. *Awolowo was not as parochial as those of recent years. He did not take the University to his place at Ikenne, Ogun State.* He could have done it then.

Now, go ask your elders what is meant by University of Ife. They will tell you that it is that University which struck WORLD-WIDE ATTENTION right from its inception!

It’s not for nothing that it’s called “GREAT IFE” From its very inception, it shot to the limelight *Professor Banji Akintoye,* a renowned historian, RESIGNED his position at the University of Ibadan (which had been established by the colonial masters after the pattern of British universities) to go to Ife! Ife was IRRESISTIBLE! Ife became THE STANDARD.

May God bless the soul and memory of *Professor Hezikaih Oluwasanmi* and his cohorts for bringing prestige to the Yoruba Nation

Because Western Nigeria had their Destiny in their own hands, and we pursued it with vigour, until they took away our patrimony from us!

The military struck in 1966, and, with one thing leading to another, they gradually TOOK AWAY THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE REGIONS and gave the powers of those regions to a humongous and behemoth *Unitary Government of Nigeria* that now CONTROLS OUR DESTINY.

They took the University of Ife away from us (commandeered it, military style) and made it a FEDERAL UNIVERSITY Go and ask those who know, they will tell you that that’s the day the UNIVERSITY OF IFE STARTED GOING DOWN.

They now sought to placate us, later, by naming it OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY. Na dat one we wan chop? *It is time now that we behind to act towards taking back our sovereignty!* We need to take back our property. We need to start the fight to get control of our own resources.

We are TIRED of your Nigeria that is suffocating us!

Western Nigeria established the FIRST television station in Africa. Even when the Federal Government did NOT have a television station! Officials of the Federal Government came (they were invited!) to come and watch when we opened the first television station in Africa, in 1959. It was named WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION (WNTV) and the first face ever, on television in Africa, was one of our mummies (who was a young girl at the time), *Anike Agbaje-Williams.* Western Nigeria caught the attention of the world They came later, and took away WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION from us, and they named it NTA, which now call themselves the first and largest television network in Africa.

The so-called Federal Government controlled by Northerners soldiers took over our patrimony. This was sadly but naively aided by our own *Chief R.A. Ogunlade* , the then Federal Minister of Information

The Unitary Government of Nigeria took over our Liberty Stadium and other icons of our achievements as a proud Yoruba Nation.

It is fact of history though that our brethren YORUBAS in uniform were naive and got carried away by the fake promise of a United Nigeria. Their antelope was sadly in bed with the hyena of the Fulanis. Very sadly indeed to have been akimbo while their Northern colleagues got away with cunning deception.

Now that the fake Federation has turned out to be a Unitary Government of Nigeria, the time is nigh to start the quest to regain the Yoruba Nation.

The time is nigh.

GIVE ME THE OLD WESTERN NIGERIA.

MAY ALMIGHTY CREATOR BLESS YORUBA PEOPLES ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH WISDOM TO FOCUS ON DEVELOPING AND SECURING YORUBA LAND!

Prince Lanre Adegun
Akin Fapohunda.
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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by longetivity(m): 4:34pm On Jan 23
I used to hear the name Awolowo everywhere, is he a Nigerian musician or European footballer
Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by viyon02: 5:04pm On Jan 23
longetivity:
I used to hear the name Awolowo everywhere, is he a Nigerian musician or European footballer
Then you must be a toddler or something. For great Awolowo, was a gineus of his time, Africa history is not complete without great Awo.

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by Occurstaem(m): 5:09pm On Jan 23
longetivity:
I used to hear the name Awolowo everywhere, is he a Nigerian musician or European footballer
He was the one that gave essence to your existence.

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by christistruth01: 5:27pm On Jan 23
Awolowo' once told the British that he had accomplished in 4 years more that what they had done in 60 years

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by WeddingParol: 5:35pm On Jan 23
Nigeria cannot move forward without the decentralisation of power and resources.

The states are paid salaries every month in the name of allocation when they have the resources to generate more money than the federal government. No one ever gets rich by earning salaries.

Arise Nigerians and retrieve the country from the hands of the cattle nomads leading human beings and allow each region to run their own shows.

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by Raf4: 6:50pm On Jan 23
God bless @Prince Lanre Adegun
Akin Fapohunda abundantly.
Infact, Federal (unitary) government of Nigeria stole many of assets from Western Region. For instance, Nigeria House in London actually belonged to Western Region, ditto for that of Saudi Arabia and many other more.

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by musicwriter(m): 7:29pm On Jan 23
As I would always say; Yorubas are the biggest loser in the one Nigeria project. And the country called Nigeria has no future until the wish of the author is done

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by Uchek(m): 8:31pm On Jan 23
Noisemakers!
WealthyNigerian:
I LONG FOR THE DAYS OF WESTERN NIGERIA When Yorubas were allowed to Develop before they were manipulated because of Envy.

Many people, today, (including those in their 50’s!) don’t know this.

I long for the days of Western Nigeria Yoruba United Country (Federating Sub-Country before the True Federalism Law was destroyed in 1966). I long for those days when I lived in peace, knowing that I was well taken care of.

When my then Premier (Chief executive of Western Nigeria) - Obafemi Awolowo didn’t have to wait, every month, for Federal Government allocation, before doing for us what Development plans he had. That was when the white man, Europeans: Caucasian was completely demystify as a total Equal to Black Man. The Great Obafemi Awokow was always very bold to tell other African Leaders that saw white People as gods that "Africans and European have exactly same number of Brain Cells. Whatever a White Man has done, a Black Man can do even much more better."
This is much true because we were already much Civilized long ago when the white man confessed that they were still Barbarians. Truly, all Humanity agrees that Civilization started in Africa, not in Europe or Asia.

Awolowo proved all the above by motivating Yoruba Land during his reign as Western Nigerian Premier to become the first Ever in Africa to have Glass Production Company named Oluwa Glass, Tyer Manufacturing Company, Odua Textile Cloth Manufacturing Company in Ekiti, and many other Industries and manufactring Companies were established in Western Nigeria when such have never existed before anywhere in Africa. In fact, Yoruba Land had Telephone fully functional all over Western Nigeria when many European Countries such as Lithuania and many other have never even have such. They were still depending on Traditional Mailing System when Yoruba Black Africans were already using Telephones. Kwame Nkuruma and many other African Leaders saw what he was doing and were completely wowed! They were thankful to him and quickly followed in his footsteps to Develop their respective African Countries.

Fear soon gripped the Colonialists, knowing fully well that African Leaders have now been taught with clear and visible Proofs that we are not inferior to them at all. They knew that if nothing was done, Africa shall soon be as Developped as America, Germany, China, etc. And even soon surpass them because we have all the Natural Resources that the exploiters don't have. They soon found willing African Traitors that have always said "After God Almighty, is the white man." Africans that loved their Slavery mentality as Tools of White Man more than Real Genuine African Freedom. They got the deceiful African Leaders that are full of bitter cancerous Envy for the Genuine African Leaders like the Great Obafemi Awolowo, Kwame Nkuruma, Thomas Sankra, etc. They used the Greedy, Deceitful, demonically Selfish Manipulative African Leaders (that have no iota of Love for Africans) against our True African Heroes. Research History to see those demonically Selfish and Greedy African "leaders" (in actuality, Real African Traitors that were used to Cripple the Awesome Rising that Africa as a Continent was experiencing).

There was a time in this country when we actually had THREE COUNTRIES effectively within the country. And each country was RUNNING SMOOTHLY on its own. It’s like England, Scotland, and Wales (each of them individual countries in themselves, with their own flag, anthem, etc.) yet making up the country called Great Britain.

At that time, Western Nigeria was a COUNTRY on its own. We had our own WESTERN NIGERIA CONSTITUTION. Just like Eastern Nigeria (another country) had theirs. And Northern Nigeria (yet ANOTHER COUNTRY!) had theirs.

These three countries (just like England, Wales and Scotland) had a jointly-agreed-upon federal government which only took care of matters of COMMON INTEREST – like Defence, for instance, but was NOT a humongous task-master that keeps breathing down the neck of those Regions.

Yes, we called them Regions, but the truth was that they were DIFFERENT COUNTRIES which had decided to come together to operate a FEDERAL SYSTEM. A Federal System in which the REGIONS WERE THE MASTERS OF THEIR OWN DESTINIES.

Western Nigeria had a MINISTER OF EDUCATION (not a Commissioner) Eastern Nigeria had their own MINISTER OF EDUCATION. Northern Nigeria had theirs too.

Similarly there were all other MINISTERS – because these were COUNTRIES on their own. The Federal MINISTER OF EDUCATION was NOT in any way a superior to the Regional Ministers of Education. He simply supervised those educational institutions that were strictly owned by the joint Federal Government belonging to the THREE REGIONS – the THREE COUNTRIES.

*The 3 Regions actually owned the Federal Government, and not the other way round!* Just as the countries of West Africa, today, own ECOWAS.

Western Nigeria had its own FOREIGN EMBASSIES. We chose our own foreign friends. And they didn’t have to be the same countries that Nigeria at the Federal level related with.

There was NO unified salary structure. I remember Western Nigeria paid the highest civil servants’ salaries in the entire Federation! *It was one of the reasons there weren’t many Yorubas, relatively speaking, in the employment of the Federal Government!*

Our Igbo brothers on the other hand flocked to Lagos as their region paid far less than the Federal Government.

Because, what were you looking for in the Federal civil service, when Western Nigeria could pay more. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not only TRUE, but, also, they don’t want you to know this TRUTH, so that you won’t long for those days, and so that they can keep you and your people in BONDAGE to this present Federal Government that is now alpha and omega.

When every other region (and the colonial masters too) thought it was IMPOSSIBLE to give free education to children, Western Nigeria said we can do it. And WE did it. Boy! Education became FREE in all PRIMARY SCHOOLS in Western Nigeria.

Most of us attended MISSION schools in those days, as there were only very few schools established by government itself.

But the free education given by Western Nigeria was to ALL children in primary schools. Yes, all children *So those mission schools, compulsorily, STOPPED charging fees! The Western Nigeria government (because it had control of its own resources and was NEVER in any way tied to the apron strings of the Federal Government) provided for ALL the schools – regardless of whether they were directly owned by government or not!*
That’s why many people think that my generation attended public schools. The truth is that, if public schools mean schools owned by government, there were VERY FEW SCHOOLS OWNED BY GOVERNMENT.

IN THOSE DAYS, and most of us actually attended schools owned by missions – churches. *But my dear Western Nigeria gave ALL OF US free primary education, whether in Government or Private Mission Schools* !

And they intended taking it higher before the Army truncated that system in 1966.

My dear Western Nigeria established the University of Ife. *Awolowo was not as parochial as those of recent years. He did not take the University to his place at Ikenne, Ogun State.* He could have done it then.

Now, go ask your elders what is meant by University of Ife. They will tell you that it is that University which struck WORLD-WIDE ATTENTION right from its inception!

It’s not for nothing that it’s called “GREAT IFE” From its very inception, it shot to the limelight *Professor Banji Akintoye,* a renowned historian, RESIGNED his position at the University of Ibadan (which had been established by the colonial masters after the pattern of British universities) to go to Ife! Ife was IRRESISTIBLE! Ife became THE STANDARD.

May God bless the soul and memory of *Professor Hezikaih Oluwasanmi* and his cohorts for bringing prestige to the Yoruba Nation

Because Western Nigeria had their Destiny in their own hands, and we pursued it with vigour, until they took away our patrimony from us!

The military struck in 1966, and, with one thing leading to another, they gradually TOOK AWAY THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE REGIONS and gave the powers of those regions to a humongous and behemoth *Unitary Government of Nigeria* that now CONTROLS OUR DESTINY.

They took the University of Ife away from us (commandeered it, military style) and made it a FEDERAL UNIVERSITY Go and ask those who know, they will tell you that that’s the day the UNIVERSITY OF IFE STARTED GOING DOWN.

They now sought to placate us, later, by naming it OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY. Na dat one we wan chop? *It is time now that we behind to act towards taking back our sovereignty!* We need to take back our property. We need to start the fight to get control of our own resources.

We are TIRED of your Nigeria that is suffocating us!

Western Nigeria established the FIRST television station in Africa. Even when the Federal Government did NOT have a television station! Officials of the Federal Government came (they were invited!) to come and watch when we opened the first television station in Africa, in 1959. It was named WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION (WNTV) and the first face ever, on television in Africa, was one of our mummies (who was a young girl at the time), *Anike Agbaje-Williams.* Western Nigeria caught the attention of the world They came later, and took away WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION from us, and they named it NTA, which now call themselves the first and largest television network in Africa.

The so-called Federal Government controlled by Northerners soldiers took over our patrimony. This was sadly but naively aided by our own *Chief R.A. Ogunlade* , the then Federal Minister of Information

The Unitary Government of Nigeria took over our Liberty Stadium and other icons of our achievements as a proud Yoruba Nation.

It is fact of history though that our brethren YORUBAS in uniform were naive and got carried away by the fake promise of a United Nigeria. Their antelope was sadly in bed with the hyena of the Fulanis. Very sadly indeed to have been akimbo while their Northern colleagues got away with cunning deception.

Now that the fake Federation has turned out to be a Unitary Government of Nigeria, the time is nigh to start the quest to regain the Yoruba Nation.

The time is nigh.

GIVE ME THE OLD WESTERN NIGERIA.

MAY ALMIGHTY CREATOR BLESS YORUBA PEOPLES ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH WISDOM TO FOCUS ON DEVELOPING AND SECURING YORUBA LAND!

Prince Lanre Adegun
Akin Fapohunda.
Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by delpee(f): 9:03pm On Jan 23
Unfortunately, we no longer have visionary leaders like him. sad

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by Brenbentondiaz: 9:41pm On Jan 23
[/quote][quote author=longetivity post=128088141]I used to hear the name Awolowo everywhere, is he a Nigerian musician or European footballer

No. He was actually the terror your fathers and mothers dreaded till their dying day. He was the kwashiorkor inflictor. The old terror that made ojukrook bolt to CIV with his tail between his legs. The terror that created the living dead in the SE. Your fathers uttered his name in whispers. I bet you know him by now?

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Re: History: When Yorubas Opened Africans' Eyes To Africa's Developmentability! by Draslo(m): 2:02am On Feb 02
WealthyNigerian:
I LONG FOR THE DAYS OF WESTERN NIGERIA When Yorubas were allowed to Develop before they were manipulated because of Envy.

Many people, today, (including those in their 50’s!) don’t know this.

I long for the days of Western Nigeria Yoruba United Country (Federating Sub-Country before the True Federalism Law was destroyed in 1966). I long for those days when I lived in peace, knowing that I was well taken care of.

When my then Premier (Chief executive of Western Nigeria) - Obafemi Awolowo didn’t have to wait, every month, for Federal Government allocation, before doing for us what Development plans he had. That was when the white man, Europeans: Caucasian was completely demystify as a total Equal to Black Man. The Great Obafemi Awokow was always very bold to tell other African Leaders that saw white People as gods that "Africans and European have exactly same number of Brain Cells. Whatever a White Man has done, a Black Man can do even much more better."
This is much true because we were already much Civilized long ago when the white man confessed that they were still Barbarians. Truly, all Humanity agrees that Civilization started in Africa, not in Europe or Asia.

Awolowo proved all the above by motivating Yoruba Land during his reign as Western Nigerian Premier to become the first Ever in Africa to have Glass Production Company named Oluwa Glass, Tyer Manufacturing Company, Odua Textile Cloth Manufacturing Company in Ekiti, and many other Industries and manufactring Companies were established in Western Nigeria when such have never existed before anywhere in Africa. In fact, Yoruba Land had Telephone fully functional all over Western Nigeria when many European Countries such as Lithuania and many other have never even have such. They were still depending on Traditional Mailing System when Yoruba Black Africans were already using Telephones. Kwame Nkuruma and many other African Leaders saw what he was doing and were completely wowed! They were thankful to him and quickly followed in his footsteps to Develop their respective African Countries.

Fear soon gripped the Colonialists, knowing fully well that African Leaders have now been taught with clear and visible Proofs that we are not inferior to them at all. They knew that if nothing was done, Africa shall soon be as Developped as America, Germany, China, etc. And even soon surpass them because we have all the Natural Resources that the exploiters don't have. They soon found willing African Traitors that have always said "After God Almighty, is the white man." Africans that loved their Slavery mentality as Tools of White Man more than Real Genuine African Freedom. They got the deceiful African Leaders that are full of bitter cancerous Envy for the Genuine African Leaders like the Great Obafemi Awolowo, Kwame Nkuruma, Thomas Sankra, etc. They used the Greedy, Deceitful, demonically Selfish Manipulative African Leaders (that have no iota of Love for Africans) against our True African Heroes. Research History to see those demonically Selfish and Greedy African "leaders" (in actuality, Real African Traitors that were used to Cripple the Awesome Rising that Africa as a Continent was experiencing).

There was a time in this country when we actually had THREE COUNTRIES effectively within the country. And each country was RUNNING SMOOTHLY on its own. It’s like England, Scotland, and Wales (each of them individual countries in themselves, with their own flag, anthem, etc.) yet making up the country called Great Britain.

At that time, Western Nigeria was a COUNTRY on its own. We had our own WESTERN NIGERIA CONSTITUTION. Just like Eastern Nigeria (another country) had theirs. And Northern Nigeria (yet ANOTHER COUNTRY!) had theirs.

These three countries (just like England, Wales and Scotland) had a jointly-agreed-upon federal government which only took care of matters of COMMON INTEREST – like Defence, for instance, but was NOT a humongous task-master that keeps breathing down the neck of those Regions.

Yes, we called them Regions, but the truth was that they were DIFFERENT COUNTRIES which had decided to come together to operate a FEDERAL SYSTEM. A Federal System in which the REGIONS WERE THE MASTERS OF THEIR OWN DESTINIES.

Western Nigeria had a MINISTER OF EDUCATION (not a Commissioner) Eastern Nigeria had their own MINISTER OF EDUCATION. Northern Nigeria had theirs too.

Similarly there were all other MINISTERS – because these were COUNTRIES on their own. The Federal MINISTER OF EDUCATION was NOT in any way a superior to the Regional Ministers of Education. He simply supervised those educational institutions that were strictly owned by the joint Federal Government belonging to the THREE REGIONS – the THREE COUNTRIES.

*The 3 Regions actually owned the Federal Government, and not the other way round!* Just as the countries of West Africa, today, own ECOWAS.

Western Nigeria had its own FOREIGN EMBASSIES. We chose our own foreign friends. And they didn’t have to be the same countries that Nigeria at the Federal level related with.

There was NO unified salary structure. I remember Western Nigeria paid the highest civil servants’ salaries in the entire Federation! *It was one of the reasons there weren’t many Yorubas, relatively speaking, in the employment of the Federal Government!*

Our Igbo brothers on the other hand flocked to Lagos as their region paid far less than the Federal Government.

Because, what were you looking for in the Federal civil service, when Western Nigeria could pay more. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not only TRUE, but, also, they don’t want you to know this TRUTH, so that you won’t long for those days, and so that they can keep you and your people in BONDAGE to this present Federal Government that is now alpha and omega.

When every other region (and the colonial masters too) thought it was IMPOSSIBLE to give free education to children, Western Nigeria said we can do it. And WE did it. Boy! Education became FREE in all PRIMARY SCHOOLS in Western Nigeria.

Most of us attended MISSION schools in those days, as there were only very few schools established by government itself.

But the free education given by Western Nigeria was to ALL children in primary schools. Yes, all children *So those mission schools, compulsorily, STOPPED charging fees! The Western Nigeria government (because it had control of its own resources and was NEVER in any way tied to the apron strings of the Federal Government) provided for ALL the schools – regardless of whether they were directly owned by government or not!*
That’s why many people think that my generation attended public schools. The truth is that, if public schools mean schools owned by government, there were VERY FEW SCHOOLS OWNED BY GOVERNMENT.

IN THOSE DAYS, and most of us actually attended schools owned by missions – churches. *But my dear Western Nigeria gave ALL OF US free primary education, whether in Government or Private Mission Schools* !

And they intended taking it higher before the Army truncated that system in 1966.

My dear Western Nigeria established the University of Ife. *Awolowo was not as parochial as those of recent years. He did not take the University to his place at Ikenne, Ogun State.* He could have done it then.

Now, go ask your elders what is meant by University of Ife. They will tell you that it is that University which struck WORLD-WIDE ATTENTION right from its inception!

It’s not for nothing that it’s called “GREAT IFE” From its very inception, it shot to the limelight *Professor Banji Akintoye,* a renowned historian, RESIGNED his position at the University of Ibadan (which had been established by the colonial masters after the pattern of British universities) to go to Ife! Ife was IRRESISTIBLE! Ife became THE STANDARD.

May God bless the soul and memory of *Professor Hezikaih Oluwasanmi* and his cohorts for bringing prestige to the Yoruba Nation

Because Western Nigeria had their Destiny in their own hands, and we pursued it with vigour, until they took away our patrimony from us!

The military struck in 1966, and, with one thing leading to another, they gradually TOOK AWAY THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE REGIONS and gave the powers of those regions to a humongous and behemoth *Unitary Government of Nigeria* that now CONTROLS OUR DESTINY.

They took the University of Ife away from us (commandeered it, military style) and made it a FEDERAL UNIVERSITY Go and ask those who know, they will tell you that that’s the day the UNIVERSITY OF IFE STARTED GOING DOWN.

They now sought to placate us, later, by naming it OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY. Na dat one we wan chop? *It is time now that we behind to act towards taking back our sovereignty!* We need to take back our property. We need to start the fight to get control of our own resources.

We are TIRED of your Nigeria that is suffocating us!

Western Nigeria established the FIRST television station in Africa. Even when the Federal Government did NOT have a television station! Officials of the Federal Government came (they were invited!) to come and watch when we opened the first television station in Africa, in 1959. It was named WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION (WNTV) and the first face ever, on television in Africa, was one of our mummies (who was a young girl at the time), *Anike Agbaje-Williams.* Western Nigeria caught the attention of the world They came later, and took away WESTERN NIGERIA TELEVISION from us, and they named it NTA, which now call themselves the first and largest television network in Africa.

The so-called Federal Government controlled by Northerners soldiers took over our patrimony. This was sadly but naively aided by our own *Chief R.A. Ogunlade* , the then Federal Minister of Information

The Unitary Government of Nigeria took over our Liberty Stadium and other icons of our achievements as a proud Yoruba Nation.

It is fact of history though that our brethren YORUBAS in uniform were naive and got carried away by the fake promise of a United Nigeria. Their antelope was sadly in bed with the hyena of the Fulanis. Very sadly indeed to have been akimbo while their Northern colleagues got away with cunning deception.

Now that the fake Federation has turned out to be a Unitary Government of Nigeria, the time is nigh to start the quest to regain the Yoruba Nation.

The time is nigh.

GIVE ME THE OLD WESTERN NIGERIA.

MAY ALMIGHTY CREATOR BLESS YORUBA PEOPLES ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH WISDOM TO FOCUS ON DEVELOPING AND SECURING YORUBA LAND!

Prince Lanre Adegun
Akin Fapohunda.
I really enjoyed reading this but couldn't help but be terribly sad at the same time. We missed a great opportunity we may never get back again

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