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5 Important Nigerian Personalities Who Fought For Nigeria's Independence

Updated on July 18, 2011

Important Nigerian Personalities Who Contributed immensely to the attainment of Independence

1. Herbert Macaulay

He was born in 1864. He was the grandson of Bishop Ajayi Crowther and trained as an engineer and the first Nigerian to own a car and also the first Nigerian to establish a Political party in 1922.

2. Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe

Dr Nnamdi Azikwe was born at Zungeru, Niger State on 16th November, 1904. Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe was the fore-front in the fight for Nigeria Independence. He also become the Governor General as well as president of Nigeria, between 1st October, 1960 and 15th January 1966. He was the Presidential Candidate and the leader of the defunct Nigeria People Party (NPP) between 1979 and 1983. He died on 11th May 1996.

3. Chief Obafemi Awolowo

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was born at Ikenne Ogun State on 6th march 1909. He Studied privately to pass the Bachelor of Commerce degree of London University in 1946. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the first Premier of Western Region in 1954. He also introduced free education in the then western Region in 1955. He was among the leaders who fought for Nigeria's Independence. He was the presidential candidate of the Unity party of Nigeria (UPN) between 1979 and 1983. He died on 9th May, 1987 and was buried on 6th June, 1987.

4. Sir Ahmadu Bello

Sir Ahmadu Bello was born at Rabahin 1910. He was the 1st President of the Northern peoples party (NPP) in 1951. He was among the leaders who fought for Nigeria's independence. He was also the former premier of Northern region. He was killed in the 1966 Military coup-detat in Nigeria.

5. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

He was born in 1912. He was adequately educated and quite influential. He was the co-founder of the Northern People's Congress. He contributed immensely to the attainment of independence. He was the first Prime Minister and also led the country to attain a Republican status. He was killed in 1966 coup-detat.

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      melody 

      2 years ago

      what are they called the general name?

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      Augustine Sanctity K. 

      3 years ago

      It is better for this 2000s leaders to open up their mouths and say that their have betrayed the strong efforts of the great 1960s leaders,since their are unable to maintain the fire which was brought from the dept of pit by our forefathers and was handed over to them,and this shows that their are an unfaithful servants or prodigal sons.Since their allowed our f fathers sweat to lay in waste. Hhhhhhmmmmm.Don't worry next time I will advice for second Colonialism, if their don't know the value of Nigeria or what to do with Her.Thanks.

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      pauline 

      3 years ago

      we need gud leaders for better nigeria

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      Ogochuku Kiss 

      3 years ago

      These men have shown us [we Nigerians] the way to be hardworking,determined and dedicated in whatever good thing we find ourselves doing.Without their efforts,today we would still be under the shackles of colonialism,so what they've done for us is worth commending and emulating,and that is why their memories will forever remain in our hearts.Kudos to them.

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      Eniola 

      3 years ago

      You people are wasting your time

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      adesola sekinat A. 

      3 years ago

      what they did should be given in details

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      mojeed opeyemi B. 

      3 years ago

      Those people are patriotic citizen and a role model for we nigerians......

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      olulere rotimi E. 

      3 years ago

      We are readin about these people today, what would your own coming generation will read about you.

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      Kate. 

      3 years ago

      We Should honOur and celebrate them

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      good man 

      3 years ago

      Good leaders are people like Lee Kuan Yew. Nigerians, look for his attitude from your so called great leader before you make them heroes.

      TRANSFORMATION IS WHAT WE NEED, NOT PROMISE AND FAIL.

      Thank you.

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      Dare 

      4 years ago

      This are not totally good leaders. They were selfish with their decisions for Nigeria to gain independence. They looked more at their personal gains from being free than how much that will help in the development of Nigeria. The only person that was a bit selfless and urged that the independence agenda be postponed was Ahmadu Bello and it had more to do with the fact that the colonists had only done little developments in the North as at when everybody was kicking for independence. Nigeria has never had selfless people as leaders. No patriotism, just selfish ideologies.

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      4 years ago

      Gffffff

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      SAMSON 

      4 years ago

      A LEADER ALWAYS LEAVE BY EXAMPLE

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      Oyebanjo Olumide 

      4 years ago

      Whao!!! these are HEROES that should not be forgotten in this country Nigeria for their life that were surrendered . MAY THEIR GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE. WE LOVE YOU ALL, WE MISSED YOU ALL.

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      ihenacho wisdom 

      4 years ago

      i don't just admire these men!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,i respet men who made me feel like my ''black'' was gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........

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      Oladele Oyewole 

      4 years ago

      Do these men laid a good foundation for us - No. But they laid the foundation of using their offices to protect their interest (Awolowo and Coke Saga, Odua investment, Dideolu Eststes etc). What we are seeing now where OBJ used his office to buy National assests, Tinubu suing his office to own almost everything in Lagos ( The Daughter Iya Loja General, the wife the Senator).

      This great country has not been fortunate to have selfless leader. Great people of Nigeria, if we desire a better country let us start with ourselves since our forefathers have failed us all.

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      Onakpoya,whare 

      6 years ago

      Ur gud deed can neva b 4goten in a minute,so lets b gud patriots

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      Ken aka mr lonely 

      6 years ago

      Guys let us pray for our leader in nigeria pls guys

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      rit 

      6 years ago

      be gud cus u wil b remembered 2moro.

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      Joyomoedo 

      6 years ago

      Nigeria need a gud and GOD fearing leader to bring an end to the challenges of this country, if possible.

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      Samuel .o 

      6 years ago

      Nigeria as a nation need gud leader like d leaders that fought for d independence. And to achieve dis as a nation we need to select wisely, chose a leader that will be of help not a leader who wil stay in the office and let his people suffer. As a country we have the resources to better dis country its just a wise and good leader we need to put tinz in place

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      Monsurah 

      6 years ago

      Let us take there step root

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      Ojeagbase igein endurance 

      6 years ago

      It good to be good,those leaders have set a fine example that lead to their remembrance,just like the days of williams shakespare CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO has set a fine example in themes of education,so do well to ask yourself, what will i be remember for?do i do well to give God glory.

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