Oba Laoye dancing in palace

Adetoyese Laoye

Adetoyese Laoye; Timi of Ede. Before he ascended the throne in the 1940s, he was a church organist, a great dancer, a good singer, a lover of culture, and a historian. He was so culturally minded…

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Jimi Solanke

Jimi Solanke

Jimi Solanke; Children’s storyteller, also an acclaimed actor, teacher, and poet . Born July, 1942, the versatile artist with a warm personality also veered into such business as owning a…

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JP Clark

JP Clark

John Pepper Clark; Nigerian folklorist, poet, essayist and playwright who draws on his graphic experience to empower the poetry, the songs and, indeed, the grandest engagements of his Ijaw people….

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Stanley Macebuh

Stanley MACEBUH

Stanley Macebuh; Nigerian journalist, one of the most celebrated. Macebuh was pioneer Managing Director of The Guardian newspapers and special assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo. He died…

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Ogunwande Abimbola with Pope Benedict

Ogunwande Abimbola

Ogunwande Abimbola; History professor, university administrator, and Ifa diviner born in the town of Oyo in 1936. Two years after his tenure as Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University…

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Apotheosized Alafin of Oyo, Shango, called upon in this illustration of 1870

Apotheosis

Apotheosis is the promotion of an individual to a godlike status. The term in Nigerian discourses is dominantly used in religion and in politics to denote respectively, the divinization of a hero,…

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Tafa Balewa gestures his support in this photo Girl Child education

Patriachy

Patriarchy is a social system in which men wielded all powers and use it to their advantage. The issue of women subjection and oppression in Africa is a protracted contest and struggle on a…

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Orunmila

Orunmila was a philosopher, and major intellectual personae of the Yoruba Ifa literary corpus which deals with subjects as diverse as history, geography, religion, or music. Orunmila together with…

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Leaded Bronze pendant discovered in Igbo-Ukwu, c.900-1000 AD. Facial scarification is that of titled men of Nri.

Nri Civilization

Nri Civilization occasioned a medieval Igbo institution, located in the colonial Awka division. The town of Nri was hypothesized by A.G. Leonard, British royal officer in 1902 as the fountainhead…

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Garveyist Malcolm X talking to Nigerian students and African American locals in Harlem, New Yorkm, New York in the 1960s

Garveyism

Garveyism was the Pan-African philosophy of the Jamaican political leader, Marcus Garvey, in the early 20th Century, aimed at precipitating a global movement of economic empowerment. Garvey…

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