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Adekunle Fajuyi Former Military governor Politics

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Adekunle Fajuyi RIP (26/06/1926 - 29/07/1966)
Adekunle Fajuyi

Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, BEM (26 June 1926 – 29 July 1966) was a Nigerian soldier of Yoruba origin and the first military governor of the former Western Region, Nigeria.Originally a clerk, Fajuyi of Ado Ekiti joined the Army in 1943 and as a Sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron, Royal West African Frontier Force, was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1951 for helping to contain a mutiny in his unit over food rations. He was...
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Former Nigerian President Politics

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua RIP (16/08/1951 - 05/05/2010)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th President of Nigeria. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to...
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Yakubu Gowon Former Nigerian leader Politics

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Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–70 Nigerian Civil War.Gowon is an Ngas (Angas) from Lur, a small village in the present Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. His...
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Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon
Christian Onoh Former Anambra governor Politics

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Christian Onoh RIP (27/04/1927 - 05/05/2009)
Christian Onoh

Christian Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh, (27 April 1927 – 5 May 2009) was a Nigerian businessman and lawyer who became governor of Anambra State in 1983 at the end of the Nigerian Second Republic. He was also the father-in-law of Emeka Ojukwu.BackgroundOnoh was born on 27 April 1927 in Enugu Ngwo, in coal country in what is now Enugu State. His father died when he was 8 years old and he was brought up...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Former Military President Politics

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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from 27 August 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup, until his departure from office on 27 August 1993, having annulled the elections held on 12 June that year. General Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Alex Ekwueme Former Vice President Politics

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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme

Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (born October 21, 1932) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983.EducationHe started primary school at the St John's Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King's College, Lagos. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States America (being one of the first Nigerians to gain the award), Alex attended the University of Washington where he earned bachelor's degree in architecture...
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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme
Sam Mbakwe Former Imo governor Politics

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Sam Mbakwe RIP (01/01/1929 - 05/01/2004)
Sam Mbakwe

Samuel "Sam" Onunaka Mbakwe (1929 – 5 January 2004) was an Igbo politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from 1 October 1979[1] until 31 December 1983. The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, which is located in Owerri, the state capital, was renamed after him.In 1981, Sam Mbakwe set up Imo State University. The campus was located in a territory that was ceded to Abia State in 1991 and was re-christened Abia State University. However,...
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Jim Nwobodo Former Enugu governor Politics

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Jim Nwobodo
Jim Nwobodo

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (Jim Nwobodo) (born May 9, 1940) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was governor of Anambra State (1979–1983) during the Nigerian Second Republic and was Senator for Enugu East in Enugu State (1999–2003). In 2003, he ran unsuccessfully in the Nigerian Presidential elections.James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was born on 9 May 1940 in Agyaragu, Lafia, Nassarawa State. He completed his secondary school education in 1956 at Government School, Awka in what is now...
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Jim Nwobodo
Shehu Shagari Former Nigerian President Politics

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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, Turakin Sakkwato (born February 25, 1925) served as the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government.Shagari is a northerner of Fulani extraction and holds the aristocratic title of Turakin Sakkwato in the Sokoto Caliphate. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1954 upon his election to the federal House of Representatives.Shehu Usman Shagari was born...
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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari
Goodluck Jonathan Former Nigerian President Politics

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Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is the former President of Nigeria, having served from 2010 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.He contested and lost the 2015 presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so. Jonathan's term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015,...
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Obafemi Awolowo Former Western Region leader Politics

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Obafemi Awolowo RIP (06/03/1909 - 09/05/1987)
Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. He is most notable as the outstanding first premier of the Western Region but was also a successful federal commissioner for finance and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Civil War and was thrice a major...
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Obafemi Awolowo
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Former Prime Minister Politics

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa RIP (01/12/1912 - 15/01/1966)
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.Early life and careerAbubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Balewa's father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Bageri Baggara ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was Fulani.He started early education at the Koranic School in Bauchi and...
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi Former Nigerian leader Politics

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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi RIP (03/03/1924 - 29/07/1966)
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi (3 March 1924 – 29 July 1966) was a senior Nigerian military officer and second Nigerian Head of State. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the 15 January 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of State from 16 January 1966 until his murder on 29 July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
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Olusegun Obasanjo Former Nigerian president Politics

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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR born circa 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state, as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
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Muhammadu Buhari Current President of Nigeria Politics

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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's Head of State from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections....
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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti Women's rights activist Politics

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti RIP (25/10/1900 - 13/04/1978)
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, MON (25 October 1900 Abeokuta, Nigeria - 13 April 1978 Lagos, Nigeria), born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Lucretia Phyllis. Omoyeni Adeosolu, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was also the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar Former Nigerian leader Politics

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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death. It was during Abubakar's leadership that Nigeria adopted its new constitution on 5 May 1999, which provided for multiparty elections. Abubakar transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999.Early life and military careerAbdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar hails from the Hausa ethnic...
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Chimaroke Nnamani Former Enugu governor Politics

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Chimaroke Nnamani
Chimaroke Nnamani

Chimaroke Nnamani (born May 1960) is a Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007 a former People's Democratic Party (PDP) Senator for Enugu East. Education Nnamani, though born in Port Harcourt, hails from Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended the Methodist Primary School, Agbani Road, Enugu, and the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), also in Enugu. He is a graduate of the College of...
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Chimaroke Nnamani
Chimaroke Nnamani
Nnamdi Azikiwe Former Nigerian leader Politics

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Nnamdi Azikiwe RIP (16/11/1906 - 11/05/1996)
Nnamdi Azikiwe

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe (November 16, 1904 – May 11, 1996), usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe and popularly known as "Zik", was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1960 to 1966, serving as the second and last Governor-General from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966, holding the presidency throughout the Nigerian First Republic.  Early life Azikiwe was born on November...
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Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Former Biafran leader Politics

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Chukwuemeka Ojukwu RIP (04/11/1933 - 25/11/2011)
Chukwuemeka Ojukwu

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was born on November 4, 1933 at Zungeru in northern Nigeria to Sir Louis Phillippe Odumegwu Ojukwu, a businessman from Nnewi in southeastern Nigeria. Chukwuemeka Ojukwu began his educational career in Lagos, southwestern Nigeria. At age 13, his father sent him overseas to Great Britain to study at Epsom College, England. He left Epsom College at 18 for Lincoln College, Oxford. At Oxford University, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in modern history. Upon the...
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Adekunle Fajuyi
Former Military governor Category: Politics

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Adekunle Fajuyi (26/06/1926 - 29/07/1966)
Adekunle Fajuyi

Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, BEM (26 June 1926 – 29 July 1966) was a Nigerian soldier of Yoruba origin and the first military governor of the former Western Region, Nigeria.Originally a clerk, Fajuyi of Ado Ekiti joined the Army in 1943 and as a Sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron, Royal West African Frontier Force, was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1951 for helping to contain a mutiny in his unit over food rations. He was...
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Adekunle Fajuyi
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16/08/1951 - 05/05/2010)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th President of Nigeria. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to...
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
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Yakubu Gowon
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–70 Nigerian Civil War.Gowon is an Ngas (Angas) from Lur, a small village in the present Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. His...
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Yakubu Gowon
Christian Onoh
Former Anambra governor Category: Politics

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Christian Onoh (27/04/1927 - 05/05/2009)
Christian Onoh

Christian Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh, (27 April 1927 – 5 May 2009) was a Nigerian businessman and lawyer who became governor of Anambra State in 1983 at the end of the Nigerian Second Republic. He was also the father-in-law of Emeka Ojukwu.BackgroundOnoh was born on 27 April 1927 in Enugu Ngwo, in coal country in what is now Enugu State. His father died when he was 8 years old and he was brought up...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Former Military President Category: Politics

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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from 27 August 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup, until his departure from office on 27 August 1993, having annulled the elections held on 12 June that year. General Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Alex Ekwueme
Former Vice President Category: Politics

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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme

Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (born October 21, 1932) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983.EducationHe started primary school at the St John's Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King's College, Lagos. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States America (being one of the first Nigerians to gain the award), Alex attended the University of Washington where he earned bachelor's degree in architecture...
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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme
Sam Mbakwe
Former Imo governor Category: Politics

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Sam Mbakwe (01/01/1929 - 05/01/2004)
Sam Mbakwe

Samuel "Sam" Onunaka Mbakwe (1929 – 5 January 2004) was an Igbo politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from 1 October 1979[1] until 31 December 1983. The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, which is located in Owerri, the state capital, was renamed after him.In 1981, Sam Mbakwe set up Imo State University. The campus was located in a territory that was ceded to Abia State in 1991 and was re-christened Abia State University. However,...
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Jim Nwobodo
Former Enugu governor Category: Politics

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Jim Nwobodo
Jim Nwobodo

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (Jim Nwobodo) (born May 9, 1940) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was governor of Anambra State (1979–1983) during the Nigerian Second Republic and was Senator for Enugu East in Enugu State (1999–2003). In 2003, he ran unsuccessfully in the Nigerian Presidential elections.James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was born on 9 May 1940 in Agyaragu, Lafia, Nassarawa State. He completed his secondary school education in 1956 at Government School, Awka in what is now...
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Jim Nwobodo
Jim Nwobodo
Shehu Shagari
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, Turakin Sakkwato (born February 25, 1925) served as the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government.Shagari is a northerner of Fulani extraction and holds the aristocratic title of Turakin Sakkwato in the Sokoto Caliphate. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1954 upon his election to the federal House of Representatives.Shehu Usman Shagari was born...
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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari
Goodluck Jonathan
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is the former President of Nigeria, having served from 2010 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.He contested and lost the 2015 presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so. Jonathan's term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015,...
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Obafemi Awolowo
Former Western Region leader Category: Politics

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Obafemi Awolowo (06/03/1909 - 09/05/1987)
Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. He is most notable as the outstanding first premier of the Western Region but was also a successful federal commissioner for finance and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Civil War and was thrice a major...
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Obafemi Awolowo
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
Former Prime Minister Category: Politics

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (01/12/1912 - 15/01/1966)
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.Early life and careerAbubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Balewa's father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Bageri Baggara ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was Fulani.He started early education at the Koranic School in Bauchi and...
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (03/03/1924 - 29/07/1966)
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi (3 March 1924 – 29 July 1966) was a senior Nigerian military officer and second Nigerian Head of State. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the 15 January 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of State from 16 January 1966 until his murder on 29 July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigerian president Category: Politics

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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR born circa 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state, as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo
Muhammadu Buhari
Current President of Nigeria Category: Politics

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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's Head of State from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections....
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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
Women's rights activist Category: Politics

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (25/10/1900 - 13/04/1978)
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, MON (25 October 1900 Abeokuta, Nigeria - 13 April 1978 Lagos, Nigeria), born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Lucretia Phyllis. Omoyeni Adeosolu, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was also the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death. It was during Abubakar's leadership that Nigeria adopted its new constitution on 5 May 1999, which provided for multiparty elections. Abubakar transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999.Early life and military careerAbdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar hails from the Hausa ethnic...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Chimaroke Nnamani
Former Enugu governor Category: Politics

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Chimaroke Nnamani
Chimaroke Nnamani

Chimaroke Nnamani (born May 1960) is a Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007 a former People's Democratic Party (PDP) Senator for Enugu East. Education Nnamani, though born in Port Harcourt, hails from Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended the Methodist Primary School, Agbani Road, Enugu, and the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), also in Enugu. He is a graduate of the College of...
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Chimaroke Nnamani
Nnamdi Azikiwe
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Nnamdi Azikiwe (16/11/1906 - 11/05/1996)
Nnamdi Azikiwe

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe (November 16, 1904 – May 11, 1996), usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe and popularly known as "Zik", was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1960 to 1966, serving as the second and last Governor-General from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966, holding the presidency throughout the Nigerian First Republic.  Early life Azikiwe was born on November...
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Nnamdi Azikiwe
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Chukwuemeka Ojukwu
Former Biafran leader Category: Politics

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Chukwuemeka Ojukwu (04/11/1933 - 25/11/2011)
Chukwuemeka Ojukwu

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was born on November 4, 1933 at Zungeru in northern Nigeria to Sir Louis Phillippe Odumegwu Ojukwu, a businessman from Nnewi in southeastern Nigeria. Chukwuemeka Ojukwu began his educational career in Lagos, southwestern Nigeria. At age 13, his father sent him overseas to Great Britain to study at Epsom College, England. He left Epsom College at 18 for Lincoln College, Oxford. At Oxford University, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in modern history. Upon the...
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Chukwuemeka Ojukwu
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Adekunle Fajuyi
Former Military governor Category: Politics

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Adekunle Fajuyi (26/06/1926 - 29/07/1966)
Adekunle Fajuyi

Francis Adekunle Fajuyi, BEM (26 June 1926 – 29 July 1966) was a Nigerian soldier of Yoruba origin and the first military governor of the former Western Region, Nigeria.Originally a clerk, Fajuyi of Ado Ekiti joined the Army in 1943 and as a Sergeant in the Nigeria Signal Squadron, Royal West African Frontier Force, was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1951 for helping to contain a mutiny in his unit over food rations. He was...
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16/08/1951 - 05/05/2010)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (16 August 1951 – 5 May 2010) was the 13th President of Nigeria. He served as governor of Katsina State in northern Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 28 May 2007. He was declared the winner of the controversial Nigerian presidential election held on 21 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). In 2009, Yar'Adua left for Saudi Arabia to...
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Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
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Yakubu Gowon
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu "Jack" Dan-Yumma Gowon (born 19 October 1934) is the former head of state (Head of the Federal Military Government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975. He took power after one military coup d'état and was overthrown in another. During his rule, the Nigerian government successfully prevented Biafran secession during the 1967–70 Nigerian Civil War.Gowon is an Ngas (Angas) from Lur, a small village in the present Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State. His...
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Yakubu Gowon
Christian Onoh
Former Anambra governor Category: Politics

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Christian Onoh (27/04/1927 - 05/05/2009)
Christian Onoh

Christian Onoh, popularly known as CC Onoh, (27 April 1927 – 5 May 2009) was a Nigerian businessman and lawyer who became governor of Anambra State in 1983 at the end of the Nigerian Second Republic. He was also the father-in-law of Emeka Ojukwu.BackgroundOnoh was born on 27 April 1927 in Enugu Ngwo, in coal country in what is now Enugu State. His father died when he was 8 years old and he was brought up...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Former Military President Category: Politics

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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (born 17 August 1941), also known as IBB, is a retired Nigerian Army General who was President of Nigeria under military rule. He ruled Nigeria from 27 August 1985, when he overthrew Major General Muhammadu Buhari in a coup, until his departure from office on 27 August 1993, having annulled the elections held on 12 June that year. General Babangida was a key player in most of the military coups in Nigeria (July...
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Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
Alex Ekwueme
Former Vice President Category: Politics

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Alex Ekwueme
Alex Ekwueme

Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme GCON (born October 21, 1932) was the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria, in office from 1979 to 1983.EducationHe started primary school at the St John's Anglican Central School, at Ekwulobia, then he proceeded to King's College, Lagos. As an awardee of the Fulbright Scholarship in the United States America (being one of the first Nigerians to gain the award), Alex attended the University of Washington where he earned bachelor's degree in architecture...
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Alex Ekwueme
Sam Mbakwe
Former Imo governor Category: Politics

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Sam Mbakwe (01/01/1929 - 05/01/2004)
Sam Mbakwe

Samuel "Sam" Onunaka Mbakwe (1929 – 5 January 2004) was an Igbo politician and governor of Imo State, southern Nigeria from 1 October 1979[1] until 31 December 1983. The Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, which is located in Owerri, the state capital, was renamed after him.In 1981, Sam Mbakwe set up Imo State University. The campus was located in a territory that was ceded to Abia State in 1991 and was re-christened Abia State University. However,...
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Jim Nwobodo
Former Enugu governor Category: Politics

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Jim Nwobodo
Jim Nwobodo

James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (Jim Nwobodo) (born May 9, 1940) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who was governor of Anambra State (1979–1983) during the Nigerian Second Republic and was Senator for Enugu East in Enugu State (1999–2003). In 2003, he ran unsuccessfully in the Nigerian Presidential elections.James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo was born on 9 May 1940 in Agyaragu, Lafia, Nassarawa State. He completed his secondary school education in 1956 at Government School, Awka in what is now...
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Jim Nwobodo
Shehu Shagari
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Shehu Shagari
Shehu Shagari

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, Turakin Sakkwato (born February 25, 1925) served as the second President of Nigeria’s Second Republic (1979–1983), after the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government.Shagari is a northerner of Fulani extraction and holds the aristocratic title of Turakin Sakkwato in the Sokoto Caliphate. He worked as a teacher for a brief period before entering politics in 1954 upon his election to the federal House of Representatives.Shehu Usman Shagari was born...
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Shehu Shagari
Goodluck Jonathan
Former Nigerian President Category: Politics

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Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON (born 20 November 1957) is the former President of Nigeria, having served from 2010 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.He contested and lost the 2015 presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so. Jonathan's term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015,...
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Goodluck Jonathan
Obafemi Awolowo
Former Western Region leader Category: Politics

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Obafemi Awolowo (06/03/1909 - 09/05/1987)
Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR (6 March 1909 – 9 May 1987), was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria's independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War. He is most notable as the outstanding first premier of the Western Region but was also a successful federal commissioner for finance and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Civil War and was thrice a major...
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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
Former Prime Minister Category: Politics

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Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (01/12/1912 - 15/01/1966)
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE (December 1912 – 15 January 1966) was a Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister of an independent Nigeria.Early life and careerAbubakar Balewa was born late in 1912 in Bauchi, the son of a district head in the Bauchi divisional district of Lere. Balewa's father Yakubu Dan Zala was of Bageri Baggara ethnicity, and his mother Fatima Inna was Fulani.He started early education at the Koranic School in Bauchi and...
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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (03/03/1924 - 29/07/1966)
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi

Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi (3 March 1924 – 29 July 1966) was a senior Nigerian military officer and second Nigerian Head of State. He seized power in the ensuing chaos following the 15 January 1966 military coup, serving as the Nigerian Head of State from 16 January 1966 until his murder on 29 July 1966 by a group of mutinous Northern army soldiers who revolted against his government in what was popularly called the...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigerian president Category: Politics

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Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR born circa 5 March 1937) is a former Nigerian Army general who was President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. A Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation's head of state, as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979 and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. From July 2004 to January...
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Olusegun Obasanjo
Muhammadu Buhari
Current President of Nigeria Category: Politics

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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's Head of State from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.He unsuccessfully ran for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections....
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Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
Women's rights activist Category: Politics

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (25/10/1900 - 13/04/1978)
Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, MON (25 October 1900 Abeokuta, Nigeria - 13 April 1978 Lagos, Nigeria), born Francis Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas to Daniel Olumeyuwa Thomas and Lucretia Phyllis. Omoyeni Adeosolu, was a teacher, political campaigner, women's rights activist and traditional aristocrat. She served with distinction as one of the most prominent leaders of her generation. She was also the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car.Ransome-Kuti's political activism led to her being described as the doyen...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (born June 13, 1942) is a retired Nigerian Army General who was military President of Nigeria from 9 June 1998 until 29 May 1999. He succeeded Sani Abacha upon Abacha's death. It was during Abubakar's leadership that Nigeria adopted its new constitution on 5 May 1999, which provided for multiparty elections. Abubakar transferred power to president-elect Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999.Early life and military careerAbdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar hails from the Hausa ethnic...
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Abdulsalami Abubakar
Chimaroke Nnamani
Former Enugu governor Category: Politics

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Chimaroke Nnamani
Chimaroke Nnamani

Chimaroke Nnamani (born May 1960) is a Nigerian politician from Enugu State. He was Governor of Enugu State from 1999 to 2007 a former People's Democratic Party (PDP) Senator for Enugu East. Education Nnamani, though born in Port Harcourt, hails from Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended the Methodist Primary School, Agbani Road, Enugu, and the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), also in Enugu. He is a graduate of the College of...
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Chimaroke Nnamani
Chimaroke Nnamani
Nnamdi Azikiwe
Former Nigerian leader Category: Politics

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Nnamdi Azikiwe (16/11/1906 - 11/05/1996)
Nnamdi Azikiwe

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe (November 16, 1904 – May 11, 1996), usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe and popularly known as "Zik", was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. He was head of state of Nigeria from 1960 to 1966, serving as the second and last Governor-General from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966, holding the presidency throughout the Nigerian First Republic.  Early life Azikiwe was born on November...
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Chukwuemeka Ojukwu
Former Biafran leader Category: Politics

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Chukwuemeka Ojukwu (04/11/1933 - 25/11/2011)
Chukwuemeka Ojukwu

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was born on November 4, 1933 at Zungeru in northern Nigeria to Sir Louis Phillippe Odumegwu Ojukwu, a businessman from Nnewi in southeastern Nigeria. Chukwuemeka Ojukwu began his educational career in Lagos, southwestern Nigeria. At age 13, his father sent him overseas to Great Britain to study at Epsom College, England. He left Epsom College at 18 for Lincoln College, Oxford. At Oxford University, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in modern history. Upon the...
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