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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Nigeria's History in Pictures, a 54th Independence Day Special

As part of Nigeria's 54th Independence day celebration, I'm glad to present to you some rare  pictures from Nigeria's rich history, happy viewing...
King Duke IX of Calabar, (1895). The reason he always wore 2 crowns, one on top of the other was to show that he was crowned by the British as well as the EFIK people.
British Troops showing off their precious loot after the Benin Punitive Expedition of 1897.

Nigerian soldiers leaving Kaduna for a second tour of service with the United Nations in Congo.
Policemen at the Ilorin railway station in the 1910s with no shoes.

A colonial officer carried by servants in Lagos, 1910.
Alhaji Ahmadu Bello being interviewed on TV prior to his departure to Mecca.
A Nigerian Football team without boots (1949).
Nigerian Schoolgirls in Sokoto Enjoy Breakfast in 1953.
Soldiers at Ibadan gate.
Picture taken after a hunting trip. Calabar, 1910.
On the first of January 1914, the Northern and Southern Protectorates were merged together as one and Nigeria as we have it today was born.
Nigeria Airways.
Nnamdi Azikiwe's political campaign in 1959.
The Biafa war- General Yakubu Gowon can be seen in thist pic standing before a map as he tells reporters at a press conference that the war will be over in 4 to 8 weeks- Sept 13 1968. He was however wrong as the war finished apprx 2 years after.
Pedestrians walking down the "London and Kano Trading Company". A woman in a red cloth wrapper walks past wearing stylish sunglasses. On the right, a man wearing a white shirt, tie and sunglasses looking dapper, 1961.                 

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