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IGBO LANDING: A Story Of Pride And Bravery

IGBO LANDING: A Story Of Pride And Bravery

Igbo Landing is a historic site at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. It was the setting of a mass suicide in 1803 by captive Igbo people who overtook the slave ship conveying them and refused to submit to slavery in the United States. HISTORY OF IGBO LANDING In May 1803, a shipload of captive West Africans, …

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SOUTH AFRICA 2010: When The Beautiful Game Came Home

SOUTH AFRICA 2010: When The Beautiful Game Came Home

In light of the global international football break, in which players have returned home to represent their countries in various continental fixtures, the time seems perfect to reminisce on the South Africa 2010 World Cup, which is arguably the proudest football moment for Africa. The 2010 World Cup, otherwise regarded as South Africa 2010, was …

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Remembering The "Ghana Must Go" Exodus of 1983

Remembering The “Ghana Must Go” Exodus of 1983

“Ghana Must Go” was a popular name given to the migration of illegal migrants (mostly Ghanaians) from Nigeria following a presidential executive order by Shehu Shagari in 1983. In January 1983, the President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari issued an executive order mandating immigrants without proper immigration documents to leave the country or they would be arrested according to the law. The …

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Remembering The Rand Rebellion of 1922

Remembering The Rand Rebellion of 1922

The Rand Rebellion  also known as the 1922 strike was an armed uprising of white miners in the Witwatersrand region of South Africa, in March 1922. Jimmy Green, a prominent politician in the Labour Party, was one of the leaders of the strike. Following a drop in the world price of gold from 130 shillings (£6 10s) per fine troy ounce in 1919 to …

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Remembering The Soweto Student Uprising Of '76

Remembering The Soweto Student Uprising Of ’76

The Soweto student uprising was a series of demonstrations and protests led by black school children in South Africa that began on the morning of 16 June 1976, over 44 years ago. Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. An estimated number of 20,000 students took part …

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The Aba Women's Riots

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Aba Women’s Riots

The Women’s War, or Aba Women’s Riots  was a period of unrest in colonial Nigeria over November 1929. The protests broke out when thousands of Igbo women from the Bende District, Umuahia and other places in eastern Nigeria traveled to the town of Oloko to protest against the Warrant Chiefs, whom they accused of restricting the role of women in the government. The Aba Women’s Riots …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Ikeja Bomb Blast

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Ikeja Bomb Blast

The Lagos armoury explosion, more popularly known as the “Ikeja Bomb Blast“, was the accidental detonation of a large stock of high explosives at a military storage facility in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, on 27 January 2002. The resulting fire from this explosion burnt down a large section of the Ikeja area (and further upwards) of …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering FESTAC '77

NOSTALGIA: Remembering FESTAC ’77

Festac ’77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (the first was in Dakar, 1966), was a major international festival held in Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977. The month-long event celebrated African culture and showcased to the world African music, fine art, literature, drama, dance and religion. About 16,000 participants, representing 56 African nations …

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NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Kano Bombings Of 2012

NOSTALGIA: Remembering The Kano Bombings Of 2012

January 2012 is a period that Nigerians will always remember as one of the most fearful periods in Nigeria’s recent history. On the 5th and 6th of January, notorious Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, perpetrated the Kano Bombings of 2012. As of Saturday, January 28th, 2012, exactly nine (9) years ago today, the attacks had …

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