While everyone in our country knows the name of the first President of Nigeria, not everyone remembers the place where was Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe born. Let us refresh our memories from the lessons of history and discuss this notable man, learn more about his place of birth and himself.
Nnamdi Azikiwe; photo: highprofile.com.ng
Many Nigerians remember him as Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe while others call him simply Nnamdi Azikiwe. This man lived in our country in 1904 – 1996. During his life, he was often called ‘Zik’ that was a short version formed from A’Zik’iwe.
The notable man was born on November 16th, 1904 in Nigeria. Where was Nnamdi Azikiwe born in Nigeria? This is the first question we would like to answer in this post.
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Where was Nnamdi Azikiwe born?
The former President of our country was born in the town of Zungeru. It is located in Niger State.
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Back in 1904, Zungeru was the capital of Northern Nigeria (under the British rule). By the way, the forces from Britain took over this place 2 years before the birth of Nnamdi Azikiwe. Besides, Zungeru was occupied for 14 years, until 1916, and it was mainly populated by Gwari ethnic group.
The town was located nearly in the center of the Northern part of the country, and this was the main reason why it became its temporary capital.
When Zungeru lost its status of the capital in 1916 because Kaduna was named the main city in Northern Nigeria after South and North were united into a big colonial entity, the place where Nnamdi Azikiwe was born became just an ordinary province of Niger State.
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President of Nigeria
When we talk about Nnamdi Azikiwe, we have to mention his most incredible achievements that directly influenced the future of the whole country:
- He was the first President of Nigeria. He took this post in 1963.
- He fought for the independence of Nigeria and he was one of the founders of the influential nationalist movement in Nigeria. Many experts still call him the ‘father’ of nationalism due to his thoughts, ideas and strong support of liberation and freedom from foreign rule.
- Before taking the position of the President of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe took the position of the country’s Governor General in 1960.
Since you already know when and where was Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe born, we should also say when he died. He died in 1996 at the age of 91 years old.
You have learned some interesting facts about Nnamdi Azikiwe and the place of his birth. We should only note that the modern town where the President of Nigeria is from now has a center named after ‘Zik.’ Even though this center has been abandoned, it is still a memorable place for millions of citizens who remember and honour the incredible people who served the nation.
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