Nnamdi Azikiwe’s 116th Posthumous Birthday Is Today

Nnamdi Azikiwe’s 116th Posthumous Birthday Is Today

Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe, PC (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), usually referred to as “Zik”, was a Nigerian statesman and political leader who served as the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. Considered a driving force behind the nation’s independence, he came to be known as the “father of Nigerian Nationalism”.

Born to Igbo parents from Anambra State Eastern Nigeria in Zungeru in present-day Niger State, as a young boy he learned to speak Hausa (the main indigenous language of the Northern Region). Azikiwe was later sent to live with his aunt and grandmother in Onitsha (his parental homeland), where he learned the Igbo language. A stay in Lagos exposed him to the Yoruba language; by the time he was in college, he had been exposed to different Nigerian cultures and spoke three languages (an asset as president).

Azikiwe travelled to the United States where he was known as Ben Azikiwe and attended Storer College, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania and Howard University. He contacted colonial authorities with a request to represent Nigeria at the Los Angeles Olympics. He returned to Africa in 1934, where he began work as a journalist in the Gold Coast. In British West Africa, he advocated Nigerian and African nationalism as a journalist and a political leader.


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NIGERIA – OCTOBER 01: The Nigerian Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa BALEWA, the leader of the Northern region Ahmadu BELLO and the Senate president and Governor General of Nigeria Nnamdi AZIKIWE (from left to right) during the celebration of Nigeria’s independence, on October 1, 1960. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Premier of Eastern Nigeria, with Sir Adesoji Aderemi, attending the Nigerian Constitutional Conference in London, May 6th 1957. (Photo by John Franks/Keystone/Getty Images)


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1966: Nigerian politician and president Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe with his Naval Defence Minister Matthew M’Bu. (Photo by David Cairns/Express/Getty Images)

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