Top 20 heroes and heroines in Nigeria and their contributions

Top 20 heroes and heroines in Nigeria and their contributions

What do you know about Nigerian heroes and heroines? Read interesting facts regarding the life and achievements of the past leaders who played a significant role in the history of our country.

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Each country has founding leaders who make significant contributions to its development. The heroes and heroines in Nigeria and their achievements made it a great nation worthy of being mentioned among the most developed countries in Africa.

Top heroes and heroines in Nigeria

The world honors Nigerian heroes for their painstaking work and leadership qualities. They fought for independence, human rights, democracy, and justice for their people. Others inspired talents and promoted education, quality health care, financial growth, etc. Here are the names of past heroes in Nigeria and their contributions to the country:

1. Chioma Ajunwa

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Nigerian former athlete Chioma Ajunwa. Photo: @officialchiomaajunwa (modified by author)
Source: Instagram
  • Born: 25 December 1970
  • Age: 52 years (as of 2023)
  • Birthplace: Imo, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Ikemba Iweala
  • Children: 3
  • Career: Nigerian former track and field athlete

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Nigerian former track and field athlete Chioma Ajunwa-Opara was the first Nigerian to win gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She was the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event. Chioma was also a footballer. She has three children, Joshua, Caleb, and Rose, with her husband, Ikemba Iweala.

2. Agbani Darego

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Nigerian model Agbani Darego. Photo: @agbanidarego (modified by author)
Source: Instagram
  • Born: 22 December 1982
  • Age: 40 years (as of 2023)
  • Birthplace: Abonnema, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Ishaya Danjuma (2017-present)
  • Children: 2
  • Career: Nigerian model and beauty queen

Chief Ibiagbanidokibubo Asenite 'Agbani' Darego is a Nigerian model and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss World in 2001. Agbani Darego was the first black African to win Miss World. She owns a style and fashion reality show called STYLOGENIC and is the CEO of Demin Range.

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Agbani has been one of the judges of beauty pageants like Miss World 2014, Elite Model Look Nigeria 2012-2014, and Mr. Scotland & Miss England 2002. She struck a deal with the management of the former president of America, Donald Trump, to establish links with modeling agencies.

3. Florence Nwapa

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Nigerian author Florence Nwapa. Photo: @HeavyDence Blog (modified by author)
Source: Facebook
  • Born: 13 January 1931
  • Birthplace: Oguta, Nigeria
  • Died: 16 October 1993 in Enugu, Nigeria
  • Age: 62 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Gogo Nwakuche (1967–1993)
  • Children: 3
  • Career: Nigerian author

Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa was called the mother of modern African Literature. The Nigerian author spearheaded a generation of African female writers. Florence Nwapa was the first African woman novelist to be published in the English language in Britain.

She dedicated her time to helping refugees and orphans after the Nigerian civil war (1967 to 1970) that killed millions of Nigerians and Biafrans. By 1970, Nwapa had established the Tana Press. Her books spoke against the patriarchal society. She died of pneumonia in 1993 at 62.

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4. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's former Minister of Finance. Photo: @NgoziOkonjoIweala (modified by author)
Source: Facebook
  • Born: 13 June 1954
  • Age: 68 years (as of 2023)
  • Birthplace: Ogwashi-Ukwu, Nigeria
  • Spouse: Ikemba Iweala
  • Children: 2
  • Previous office: Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning of Nigeria (2011–2015)

Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is among the present heroines in Nigeria. She was Nigeria's Minister of Finance twice. Ngozi was instrumental in writing off Nigeria's foreign debt during her first time as Finance Minister.

She has been the Director-General of the World Trade Organization since March 2021. Ngozi is the first woman and African to lead the World Trade Organization as Director-General.

5. Dora Akunyili

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Dora Akunyili, Nigeria's former Director-General of NAFDAC. Photo: @DORA AKUNYILI (modified by author)
Source: Facebook
  • Born: 14 July 1954
  • Birthplace: Agulu, Nigeria
  • Died: 7 June 2014 in India
  • Age: 59 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: J.C. Akunyili
  • Children: 3
  • Previous office: Director-General of NAFDAC in Nigeria (2001–2008)

Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili OFR fought against sub-standard and fake medications while at NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control). She was the Director-General of NAFDAC from 2001 to 2008.

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Akunyili revealed threats she and her family faced during her work and provided information about people she targeted who threatened to destroy NAFDAC facilities. Dora Akunyili died at a specialist cancer hospital in India on 7 June 2014 after a two-year battle with uterine cancer.

6. General Yakubu Dan-Yumma Gowon

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General Yakubu Dan-Yumma Gowon. Photo: @thenationonlineng, @legitngnews (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 19 October 1934
  • Age: 88 years (as of 2023)
  • Birthplace: Kanke, Northern Region, British Nigeria
  • Spouse: Victoria Gowon ​(1969-present)
  • Children: 3
  • Previous office: Nigeria's head of state (1966–1975)

Yakubu Dan-Yumma 'Jack' Gowon was born in a small village of the Ngas tribe (Plateau State). He spent his childhood in Zaria and got higher education at the Warwick University of the UK.

General Yakubu Gowon joined the Nigerian army in 1954 and received a Second Lieutenant position after training. His accomplishments as Nigeria's foreign minister (1966 – 1967) received praise from all communities in Nigeria.

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Yakubu headed the Nigerian Federal Military Government from 1966 to 1975. The Nigerian Head of State migrated to the UK in 1975 due to an attempted military coup by Murtala Mohammed. He came back to Nigeria to serve under President Shehu Shagari.

Gowon and his wife, Victoria, have two sons, Ibrahim and Saratu Gowon. A DNA test revealed in 2016 that Musa Jack Ngodadi was his son.

7. Ahmadu Bello

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Sir Ahmadu Bello. Photo: @alamy, @thedailyrealityng (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 12 June 1910
  • Birthplace: Rabbah, Sokoto, British Nigeria
  • Assassinated: 15 January 1966 at Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Age: 55 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouses: Amiru Fadima (1936–1938), Hafsatu Ahmadu Bello (1932–1966)
  • Children: 5
  • Previous office: Premier of Northern Nigeria (1954–1966)

Sir Ahmadu Ibrahim Bello is one of the most outstanding Nigerian fathers of the nation. He engaged in political activities for over 30 years and was the premier in the Northern Nigeria region for around two decades.

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The legend and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa played significant roles in the fight for Nigeria's independence. Sir Ahmadu Bello was killed on 15 January 1966 during the coup d'état organized by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu (a Nigerian Army officer).

Ahmadu Bello University was named after him, and his portrait is on the 200 Naira banknote. Ibrahim married twice and has five children.

8. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti

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Funmilayo Ransome Kuti.Photo: @pulsenigeria247, @legitngnews (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 25 October 1900
  • Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Assassinated: 13 April 1978 at Lagos, Nigeria
  • Age: 77 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti (1925–1955)
  • Children: 4
  • Previous offices: The Oloye of the Yoruba people (chieftaincy title)

Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was one of Nigeria's premier female leaders and feminists. She was known as ‘the mother of Africa’ because of her human rights activism.

Ransome defended the women's rights and condemned the military government for human rights violations. The lady was elected to the Western House of Chiefs and acted as an Oloye of the Yoruba nation.

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Funmilayo had membership in the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon and was the first Nigerian female to ride a motorcycle and drive a car. She was among the founders of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and the Nigerian Students Union.

Kuti and her husband, Israel, had four children, Fela Kuti, Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Dolupo Ransome-Kuti, and Beko Ransome-Kuti. She was thrown out of the window of a commune belonging to her son in 1978 and died from her injuries.

9. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe

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Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Photo: @britannica, @guardianng (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 16 November 1904
  • Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
  • Died: 11 May 1996 at Enugu, Nigeria
  • Age: 91 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouses: Uche Azikiwe (1973–1996), Flora Azikiwe (1936–1983), Ugoye Comfort Azikiwe
  • Children: 9
  • Previous offices: President of the Senate of Nigeria (1960), President of Nigeria (1963–1966)

Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe is one of the famous names of Nigerian freedom fighters. He was the first president of Nigeria after independence from Great Britain.

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People affectionately called him 'Zik.' When Azikiwe spread African nationalist ideas while working as the editor of a Ghanaian newspaper. He returned to Nigeria and organized the West African Pilot in 1937 to promote nationalism in Nigeria.

Nnamdi created the Nigerian and Cameroons National Council in 1944 with Herbert Macaulay. In 1946, he was appointed secretary-general in the National Council and elected to Nigerian Legislative Council.

Zik was the first Nigerian to join the Privy Council of the UK and the 2nd/last Governor General (1960 – 1963). After Nigeria was proclaimed a republic in 1963, he became the first Nigerian president.

Dr. Nnamdi had nine children and was married to Ugoye Comfort Azikiwe at his time of death. He died in 1996 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu and was buried at Zik's Mausoleum in Nkpor, Nigeria.

10. Kudirat Abiola

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Kudirat Abiola. Photo: @vanguardngr, @onlinenigeria (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 1951
  • Birthplace: Zaria, Nigeria
  • Assassinated: 4 June 1996 in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Age: 44/45 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Moshood Abiola (1973–1996)
  • Children: 7

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Alhaja Kudirat Abiola is among the celebrated female heroes in Nigeria. She actively participated in the movement for democracy in 1994 and supported the oil employees during a successful 12-week strike that weakened the military government.

In 1995, Kudirat Abiola took part in the procession for freedom organized by democratic institutions and supporters of Chief Anthony Enahoro. .

She was a true fighter for democracy and inspired many people. Kudirat was named Woman of the Year two years in a row (1994, 1995). She was killed in 1996 while her husband, Moshood Abiola, was being detained by the Nigerian Government. The couple had seven children.

11. Chief Anthony Enahoro

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Chief Anthony Enahoro. Photo: @vanguardngr, @thecable (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 22 July 1923
  • Birthplace: Uromi, Nigeria
  • Died: 15 December 2010 at Benin City, Nigeria
  • Age: 87 years (at the time of death)
  • Children: Bella Enahoro
  • Spouse: Helen Enahoro (1954–2010)
  • Previous offices: Editor at the Southern Nigerian Defender newspaper

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Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro is one of Nigeria's past heroes. He was an active supporter of democracy and anti-colonialism and the youngest editor of the newspaper ‘Southern Nigerian Defender’ in 1944. He took the job at age 21.

Chief Anthony Enahoro was involved in the fight for Nigerian independence. He was a student leader and organized objections. As a result, the colonial authorities imprisoned him twice for insurrection and for publishing satirical papers.

Enahoro is considered the father of the state, for he was the first Nigerian to organize the movement for independence in Nigeria in 1953. Chief Anthony Enahoro died in 2010.

12. Margaret Ekpo

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Margaret Ekpo. Photo: @bbcnews, @abhpress (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 27 July 1914
  • Birthplace: Creek Town, Nigeria
  • Died: 21 September 2006, Calabar, Nigeria
  • Age: 92 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Udo John Ekpo (1938–2006)
  • Children: 2
  • Previous office: Member of the Eastern Regional House of Assembly (1961)

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Margaret Ekpo was among the first female political figures in the country's first republic. She fought for women’s rights in Nigeria and was a local and nationalistic political figure in Aba City.

The lady had a membership in the Nigerian and Cameroon National Council. In 1950, Margaret Ekpo and Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti opposed the murders of anti-colonial protest leaders at the Enugu coal mine.

Ekpo was nominated by the NCNC to the regional House of Chiefs in 1953 and organized the Aba Township Women’s Association in 1954. As a result, the number of women's votes exceeded the number of men’s votes in a general city election in 1955.

Margaret won the seat in the Eastern Regional House of Assembly in 1961. She had two children with her husband, John Udo Ekpo, and she died in 2006.

13. Chief Obafemi Awolowo

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Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Photo: @blackpast, @britannica (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 6 March 1909
  • Birthplace: Ikenne, Southern Nigeria Protectorate
  • Died: 9 May 1987 at Ikenne, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Age: 78 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (née Adelana)
  • Children: 5
  • Previous offices: The first premier of the Western Region

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Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo was one of the leaders who fought for Nigeria's independence. In 1950, he organized the Action Group political party to spearhead the end of British domination in Nigeria.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the first premier of the Western Region. He refused the position of Finance Commissioner and vice chairperson of the Federal Executive Council in 1971 to oppose military rule. Awolowo died in 1987.

14. Herbert Macaulay

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Herbert Macaulay. Photo: @thenationng, @blackpast (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 14 November 1864
  • Birthplace: Lagos Colony
  • Died: 7 May 1946 in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Age: 81 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Caroline Pratt (1898–1899)
  • Children: 2
  • Previous offices: Founder of the National Democratic Party of Nigeria

Olayinka Herbert Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay initiated Nigerian nationalism to unite people from all origins. He also established the Lagos Daily News to spread nationalism ideas countrywide.

Nnamdi Azikiwe and Herbert Macaulay created the National Democratic Party of Nigeria political party in 1922. He was the premier national president of the Nigerian and Cameroon National Council in 1944. Macaulay died in 1946 and was buried at Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos, Nigeria.

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15. Hajiya Gambo Sawaba

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Hajiya Gambo Sawaba. Photo: @lets-befrank, @punchyscholars (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 15 February 1933
  • Birthplace: Nigeria
  • Died: 14 October 2001 in Nigeria
  • Age: 68 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Abubakar Garba Bello
  • Children: 1

Hajiya Sawaba is among past heroines in Nigeria who are considered political worriers. She was an influential political and public figure in Nigeria and an adherent of the Northern Elements Progressive Union. Hajiya Gambo Sawaba joined politics at age 17.

Gambo was an element of the political struggle fight that ultimately led to an independent Nigeria. She was a low-educated lady and was forced to marry veteran Abubakar Garba Bello at age 13 during World War II. He left and never returned after her first pregnancy.

Sawaba and Hamidu Gusau dissolved their marriage due to violent fighting. Her struggles in life inspired her to fight for African woman’s emancipation.

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Hajiya also advocated against African customs like under-aged marriages that oppressed women. A general hospital in Kaduna and a hostel at Bayero University in Kano are named after her.

16. Gen. Murtala Ramat Mohammed

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General Murtala Ramat Mohammed. Photo: @vanguardngr, @PressReader (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 8 November 1938
  • Birthplace: Kano, Northern Region, British Nigeria
  • Assassinated: 13 February 1976 in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Age: 37 years (as of the time of death)
  • Spouse: Ajoke Muhammed ​(1963–1976)
  • Children: 6
  • Previous office: Nigerian Army's brigadier general

The list of celebrated Nigerian nationalists and their contributions is incomplete without General Murtala Ramat Muhammed. He was one of the Nigerian military leaders. People called him "Monty of the Midwest."

The Nigerian general led the 1966 counter-coup that overthrew Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi's military regime. He became a Communications Commissioner in 1974 while still fulfilling his military obligations.

Although General Murtala Mohammed’s powers did not last long, his administration specified a new path for the country and strengthened the sense of duty and patriotism. He increased the number of states in Nigeria from twelve to nineteen in 1967.

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Murtala also established a Commission of Public Complaints, which provided honesty to society. Gen. Murtala Mohammed was killed in 1976. His portrait is on the N20 banknote, and an airport in Lagos was also named after him.

17. General Matthew Obasanjo (RTD)

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General Matthew Obasanjo. Photo: @Premiumtimes, @conversationAfrica (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 5 March 1938
  • Birthplace: Ibogun-Olaogun, Ifo, British Nigeria
  • Age: 85 years (as of 2023)
  • Spouses: Esther Oluremi ​(1963–1976)​, Lynda (ex-wife, deceased), Stella Abebe​ (1976–died 2005)​, Mojisola Adekunle​ ​(1991–1998​ (deceased), Bola Alice (wife)
  • Children: 6
  • Previous offices: Nigeria's Head of State (1999–2007), Federal Minister of Defense (1976–1979)

When mentioning Nigerian heroes and their names, you have to talk about General Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Matthew Obasanjo (Rtd). He is one of the great figures of the second generation of post-colonial African leaders.

His Pan-African efforts enabled Nigeria to transition to representative democracy in the 1970s and encouraged it to cooperate with other African countries. General Olusegun Obasanjo was the Federal Minister of Defense (1976–1979) and the country's Head of State (1999–2007).

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18. Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari

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Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari. Photo: @imsvintagephotos, @pmnewsnigeria (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 25 February 1925
  • Birthplace: Shagari, Nigeria
  • Died: 28 December 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria
  • Age: 93 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouses: Amina Shagari, Hadiza Dawaiya, and Hadiza Shagari
  • Children: More than 3
  • Previous offices: President of Nigeria (1979–1983)

Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari was titled Turakin Sokoto in 1962. He briefly worked as a teacher before entering politics in 1951. Usman was elected into the House of Representatives in 1954.

He held several powerful cabinet positions between 1958 to 1975. For instance, Shehu Shagari was the Federal Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning (1971–1975) and the Federal Ministry of Interior (1962–1965).

Usman also served as the President of Nigeria (1979–1983). He made industry, housing and transportation, agriculture, and education his major goals during his administration.

He also oversaw the rapid growth of the Nigerian Armed Forces and tried to create ties between Nigeria and African-Americans during his visits to the US. Shehu Shagari died in 2018 at National Hospital - Abuja.

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19. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

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Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. Photo: @blackpast, @opinionnigeria (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: December 1912
  • Birthplace: Bauchi, Nigeria
  • Assassinated: 15 January 1966 in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Age: 53 years (as at the time of death)
  • Spouses: Hajiya Zainab (Divorced 1966), Hajiya Jummai (Divorced 1966), Hajiya Aisha (Divorced 1966), Hajiya Laraba (Divorced 1966)
  • Children: 1
  • Previous offices: Prime Minister of Nigeria (1963–1966), Prime Minister of Nigeria (1957–1963)

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is among the legends in Nigeria. Before joining politics, he taught at Bauchi Middle School and was an Inspector of Schools for the colonial administration (1933–1945).

He was elected to the Northern House of Assembly in 1946 and the Legislative Council in 1947. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was a vocal advocate of the rights of Northern Nigeria. Tafawa became Nigeria's first and only Prime Minister upon independence and retained the position in 1963.

20. General Sani Abacha

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General Sani Abacha. Photo: @fcpablog, @Premiumtimes (modified by author)
Source: UGC
  • Born: 20 September 1943
  • Birthplace: Kano, Northern Region, British Nigeria
  • Died: 8 June 1998 in State House, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Age: 54 years (at the time of death)
  • Spouse: Maryam Abacha
  • Children: 10
  • Previous offices: Head of State of Nigeria (993–1998)

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General Sani Abacha's administration increased Nigeria's foreign exchange reserves from $494 million in 1993 to $9.6 billion by 1997. He also reduced the external debt from $36 billion to $27 billion within that period.

Sani died in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on 8 June 1998 in the State House. He was buried on the same day as per the Muslim tradition and without an autopsy. Foreign diplomats, including US Intelligence analysts, are believed to have poisoned him.

Who fought for Nigeria's independence‌?

The contributions of heroes and heroines in Nigeria are highly appreciated. They relentlessly fought for people's rights during and after the colonial era. Some of Nigeria's past heroes are:

  • Ahmadu Bello
  • Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
  • Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe
  • Kudirat Abiola
  • Chief Anthony Enahoro
  • Margaret Ekpo
  • Chief Obafemi Awolowo
  • Herbert Macaulay
  • Hajiya Gambo Sawaba
  • Gen. Murtala Ramat Mohammed
  • General Matthew Obasanjo (RTD)
  • Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari
  • Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
  • General Sani Abacha
  • General Yakubu Dan-Yumma Gowon

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Who was the first Nigerian hero?

Ahmadu Ibrahim Bello (12 June 1910 – 15 January 1966) was a conservative Nigerian statesman. He was the Sardauna of Sokoto. Sir Ahmadu Bello led Northern Nigeria to independence in 1960. He served as the country's first and only premier from 1954 until his assassination in 1966.

Who fought for Nigeria?

History scholars and many Nigerians regard Chief Anthony Enahoro as the "Father of Nigeria State." In 1953, he became the first Nigerian politician to move the motion for the country's independence. Nigeria eventually became independent in 1960 after several political setbacks and defeats in the parliament.

Who are the heroes in Lagos State?

Lagos State has many fallen heroes and heroines. Most paid the highest price for Nigeria, its government, and the people of Lagos State. Some heroes in Lagos State are:

  • Professor Ayodele Awojobi - In October 2009, Babatunde Fashola dedicated a garden to honor the late Ayodele at Onike Roundabout, Yaba, Lagos. A statue of the famous academic was erected at the center of the garden.
  • Chief Gani Fawehinmi - Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola unveiled a statue of the legal icon and dedicated a memorial garden for him as tokens of appreciation for his leadership and service to humanity.
  • Chief Tunji Braithwaite - He was a lawyer, political activist, and founder Nigerian Advance Party (NAP). NAP was composed mainly of southern Nigerian intellectuals favoring a reformist government. The party was not registered alongside the five parties that contested the 1979 general elections.
  • Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo - He was the chairman of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital until his death. A major road in Alausa was named after him. Nurudeen was among Eko Club International's founders. He organized periodic Medical Missions to Lagos and participated in the establishment of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA).
  • Footballer Sam Okwaraji - He died at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Lagos State Governor Fashola's administration built a memorial garden for the patriot. It was named the Rededicated Memorial Garden.

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Who are the female heroes in Nigeria?

Nigerian women have always been at the forefront of the fight for the country's independence and betterment. Their contributions have greatly improved and impacted the nation. Some of the female heroes in Nigeria are:

  • Dora Akunyili
  • Florence Nwapa
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Agbani Darego
  • Chioma Ajunwa
  • Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
  • Kudirat Abiola
  • Margaret Ekpo
  • Hajiya Gambo Sawaba

Who are the present heroines in Nigeria?

Present heroines in Nigeria are role models to women worldwide. These iron ladies inspire women through their talents, career achievements, activism, and philanthropic works. Three Nigerian female nationalists who are alive as of June 2023 are:

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Agbani Darego
  • Chioma Ajunwa

The contributions of Nigerian heroes and heroines led to independence, democracy, political and economic expansion, and more. The lives of some of these great individuals were the price of a bright future for Nigeria. shared a list of reasons for military intervention in Nigerian politics. Nigeria has experienced several military coups since it gained independence.

These military interventions in Nigerian politics have positively and negatively impacted the economy, the nation's cultural cohesiveness, and more.


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