Nigeria ! HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
As you kukere and skelewu all week, here are a few interesting facts about this wonderful country and people.
- Most populous country in Africa.
- Ile-Ife, in present day Osun State, was paved as early as 1000AD, with decorations that originated from Ancient America suggesting there might have been contact between the Yorubas and the Ancient Americans half a millenium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America.
- The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD), in present day Edo State, are the longest ancient earthworks in the world, and probably the largest man-made structure on earth.
- Sarki Muhammad Kanta The Great of Kebbi, was the only ruler who resisted control by Songhai, West Africa’s greatest empire at that time.
- The Yoruba tribe has the highest rate of twin births in the world.
NEW TRAILER: OCTOBER 1ST by Kunle Afolayan
It’s September 1960, and with Nigeria on the verge of independence from British colonial rule, a northern Nigerian Police Detective, DAN WAZIRI, is urgently despatched by the Colonial Government to the trading post town of Akote in the Western Region of Nigeria to solve a series of female murders that have struck horror in the hearts and minds of the local community. On getting to Akote, more murders are committed, and with local tension high and volatile, Waziri has a race on his hands to solve the case before even more local women are killed.
Set against the backdrop of the national celebratory mood of the impending independence, Waziri is pulled into a game of cat and mouse as he and the killer try to outwit each other… leading to the climatic end in which the life of a popular local female teacher and village belle, TAWA, is held in the balance. Waziri has to race against the clock to capture the killer, save Tawa and solve the crime before the British flag is lowered and the Nigerian flag raised on Independence Day… October 1.
STYLE ICON: Patti Boulaye
Nigerian-British entertainer, Patti Boulaye was born born Patricia Ngozi Ebigwe on 3 May 1954 in mid-western Nigeria. As a teenager, she witnessed the horrors of the Biafran war in the country and her family later emigrated to the United Kingdom.
Raised in a strict Catholic household, Boulaye initially had hopes of becoming a nun. However, after mistakenly auditioning and for and successfully gaining a part in the musical Hair (she had thought the line was a queue for Madame Tussaud’s), Boulaye stepped into the world of entertainment and never looked back.
Miss Sade Thomas, fashion designer from Nigeria
Helmond, Netherlands 1964.
Vintage Nigerian photos
Igbo soldier during the Nigerian Civil War, November, 1968
Women Of Nigerian Police force, December 1976
The late Ojukwu with Stella Onyeador in Cote d’Ivoire.
In Cote d’Ivoire where Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu fled to and sought exile after the Nigerian troops routed the Biafran forces, he sustained the family tradition of successful commerce.