“One person is nothing. Two people are a nation.” ― Terry Pratchett
“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” – Dalai Lama
On 1 October 1960, Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Nigeria’s government was a coalition of conservative parties: the Nigerian People’s Congress (NPC), a party dominated by Northerners and those of the Islamic faith; and the Igbo and Christian-dominated National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) led by Nnamdi Azikiwe, who became Nigeria’s maiden Governor-General in 1960. Forming the opposition was the comparatively liberal Action Group (AG), which was largely dominated by the Yoruba and led by Obafemi Awolowo.
So, in no particular order here are the 53 outstanding happenings in our great country Nigeria, with an extraordinary video below by a Nigerian medical student in Lugansk. Enjoy… 🙂
1. Nnamdi Azikiwe :
“Zik” (1963 – 1966)
“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it….” ― George Bernard Shaw
2. Slave Trade :
3. General Sani Abacha :
10th Head of State (1963 – 1988), Military Dictator, Politician, and a rather terribly Ugly man, some say he died by an apple, but I think he drowned in a sea of his wickedness (my opinion).
4. Nigerian Civil War :
(6th July 1967 – 15th January 1970), thank I wasn’t alive then.
5. Oil Boom :
(1971 – 1977), Blessing or Curse???
6. Coat of Arms :
The Coat of Arms of Nigeria has a black shield with two wavy silver bands that come together, like the letter Y. These represent the two main rivers flowing through Nigeria: the Benue River and the Niger River, Nigeria’s main inland waterways, which form a confluence at Lokoja. The Black Shield represents Nigeria’s fertile soil, while the two horses or chargers on each side represent dignity and pride. The eagle represents strength, while the green and white bands on the top of the shield represent the rich agricultural land of the inspiring country. The yellow flowers at the base (incorrectly shown as red in the image) are Costus Spectabilis, Nigeria’s national flower. This flower was chosen for inclusion in the coat of arms as it is found all over Nigeria. On the band around the base is Nigeria’s national motto since 1978, “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress”, formerly “Peace, Unity, Freedom”.
7. Chinua Achebe :
Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958 by William Heinemann Ltd in the UK. The novel depicts the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umuofia—one of a fictional group of nine villages in Nigeria, inhabited by the Igbo people (in the novel, “Ibo”). It describes his family and personal history, the customs and society of the Igbo, and the influence of British colonialism and Christian Missionaries on the Igbo community during the late nineteenth century.
8. Atlanta 1996 :
9. University Ibadan :
The University of Ibadan is the oldest Nigerian University, and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria. It has over 12,000 students.
10. Fela Kuti :
11. ASUU :
“We can’t build a nation by keeping the teachers hungry.” ― M.F. Moonzajer
“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” – John F. Kennedy
12. Oluṣẹgun Mathew Okikiọla Arẹmu Ọbasanjọ :
A military ruler between 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979, a democratic elected President from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
13. Bellview, ADC, Sosoliso Plane Crashes :
On October 22, 2005, a Bellview Airlines flight had killed 177 people. Exactly one week after, on October 29, 2005, Aviation Development Co.(ADC) flight from Abuja to Sokoto killed 96 people which included the Sultan of Sokoto.
Also, on December 10, 2005, a Sosoliso Airlines flight full of school children from Abuja to Port-Harcourt killed 107 on board.
14. Calabar Carnival :
15. Niger-Delta Crisis :
Kidnappers, Robbers, …..name it, and guess what? They were all given AMNESTY. (Our Nation is God in the making ooo).
“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.” – Jawaharlal Nehru
16. Nollywood :
Bringing to the lime light the likes of Nkem Owoh and Mr. Ibu….. 🙂 and exposing the intensity of witchcraft in the nation.
17. Telecommunication :
Bravely introduced by Olusegun Obasanjo, the great. The main telecommunication companies in Nigeria were MTN, Glo and Econet or was it V mobile…or was it Zain…or is it Airtel. You know what forget it. All I know is that there’s a constantly changing third one.
18. Nigerian Music Industry :
Oh well, what can I say, Music makes the nation complete……
19. Spirituality :
It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. – George Washington
20. Central Bank of Nigeria :
The Central Bank of Nigeria was established by the CBN Act of 1958 and commenced operations on July 1, 1958, where all them crisp notes are continuously produced, Kudos!!
21. FOOD !!!!!
Who dares argue that Nigeria has got the BEST foods in the world??? Nigeria is blessed with food of different color and consistency, merely thinking about it makes me drool …..
22. Obudu Cattle Ranch :
It was developed in 1951 by Mr. McCaughley, People say it’s one of the best experiences they’ve had, I guess I won’t know till I go.. 😀
23. Fashion Industry :
With alot of big names like Coker, Deola Sagoe, etc, we can confidently say the Nigerian Fashion industry is gaining a strong global foothold. Keep the awesome designs rolling in, and for the others, you’d get there someday.
24. Wazobia :
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“A nation is not defined by its borders or the boundaries of its land mass Rather, a nation is defined by adverse people who have been unified by a cause and a value system and who are committed to a vision for the type of society they wish to live in and give to the future generations to come.” ― Fela Durotoye
Representing the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria :
Hausa – Inna kwanan ku
Yoruba – Nlè nbe yèn oo
Igbo – Igbo Kwenu.
25. Groundnut pyramids of the North :
“Lost pride of the north”
26. BOKO HARAM :
The Nigerian “Al Qaeda”.
“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
27. Aliko Dangote :
A significant mover and shaker of the nation, with an estimated net worth of $16.1 billion as of March 2013.
28. Wole Shoyinka :
A respected man, writer, notable especially as a playwright and poet; he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first person in Africa and the diaspora to be so honored.
29. Sharia :
“Sharia” a instituted body of civil and criminal law turned war between the superiority of Christianity and Islam.
30. WAEC :
Their vision??? “vision is to be a world-class examining body, adding value to the educational goals of its stakeholders”. You have to pass it, or you’re on a journey to nowhere.
31. EFCC :
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud) and money laundering. The EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the FATF. To cut the long story short, if the money in your bank can’t be explained, THEY WILL NAB YOU !!
32. Dora Akunyili :
Former Director General of NAFDAC, December 17, 2008 – December 15, 2010, my opinion, she’s one of the most patriotic truly brave citizen of great country.
33. Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission :
From Nepa to Phcn…… the whole nation awaits another naming ceremony.
34. Third Mainland Bridge :
The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland. Eko oni baje oooo….
35. Tinapa :
“Africa’s Premier Business Resort”.
36. Oil and Gas :
From the petrol stations to black market, the wise choice is the former, save a life and a house today by buying from safe locations. God bless you.
37. National Youth Service Corps :
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is an organisation set up by the Nigerian government to involve the country’s graduates in the development of the country.
“What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
38. Child not Bride :
“The girl child is our future, lets Bail them from the Veil”
39: Agbani Darego :
Ibiagbanidokibubo Asenite Darego, the first Black African Miss World, beautiful is she who wears the crown.
40. Blackberry and Nigeria :
People’s school fees has disappeared for this cause… “shaking my head”.
41. The Oga at the Top Saga :
What is the website of NSCDC ?? ww…. das all!!
42. Aluu 4 :
The paramount thing is, the people that committed the barbaric act of killing four young UNARMED students of UNIPORT simply on suspicion of robbery, be brought to book.
43. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab :
“Underwear Bomber”, one of the many that give Nigeria a bad name.
44. House of Representatives:
The house of trained boxers, more power to una elbows oooooo….
45. Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha and the Brilliant Escape :
Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha (“DSP”) (born 16 November 1952) was governor of Bayelsa State from 29 May 1999 to 9 December 2005.
46. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala :
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June 13, 1954) is a globally renowned Nigerian economist best known for her two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (her current position) and for her work at the World Bank, including several years as one of its Managing Directors (October 2007–July 2011). She briefly held the position of Foreign Minister of Nigeria in 2006.
47. Nigeria wins African Cup of Nations (AFCON) :
Nigeria Ends 19-year Wait and is crowned AFCON 2013 Champions… Hurray!!!
48. Nigerian Anthem :
“Arise, O Compatriots” is the national anthem. It was adopted in 1978, and replaced the previous anthem, Nigeria, We Hail Thee. The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest. The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase.
49. The Nigerian Woman :
“No nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take its women along with the men. No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.” ― Muhammad Ali Jinnah
50. James Ibori :
51. Nigerian Police :
52. The Green Passport :
One most people aren’t too happy to be identified with.
53. Goodluck Jonathan :
The 14th Head of State and current President of Nigeria. Prior to his role as President, he served as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, and Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Jonathan is a member of the ruling PDP.
Word of advice if Goodluck is second to your child, tell him/her to step down.
National Anthem – Phil Kes
Lastly, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan
Victor and Afo, y’all are awesome. God bless you Big!!!