Many people who spend the 10 naira note can identify the face on it but not everyone knows the personality behind the image. His name is Alvan Ikoku and there are so many interesting facts about this man.
Legit.ng present seven interesting facts about Alvan Ikoku.
1. He was a teacher
Alvan Ikoku, who was born on August 1, 1900, was a Nigerian teacher. He received his first teaching appointment with the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria and Church of Scotland at Itigidi, according to Wikipedia.
2. Established the first indigenous private secondary school
In 1932, Ikoku founded the first indigenous private secondary school in Nigeria, Aggrey Memorial College, Arochukwu, present-day Abia state.
3. Introduced carpentry as a subject
Ikoku introduced carpentry as a subject, which he called the education of the hand.
4. He was also a politician
Ikoku was nominated to the Eastern Nigeria House of Assembly. In 1947, he became part of the Legislative Council in Lagos as one of three representatives of the Eastern Region.
5. He was a political enemy with his son
He and his son, Samuel Goomsu Ikoku, were political enemies. Samuel won against his father at the Eastern Regional Assembly elections on March 15, 1957, Historyville reports.
6. Ikoku was a national president of NUT
He was the national president of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT). While he held the NUT helms of affairs, Ikoku championed the cause of Nigerian teachers and criticised the educational system at the time for its failure to teach indigenous languages.
7. He had 7 children with his wife Goomsu
Ikoku, whose face has been adorning the 10 naira note since 1979, was married to Goomsu, who was an Efik woman from Calabar. The couple had six children.
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