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May 19-26

This day in Nigerian History

Agony, shock as Moji Olaiya dies at 42

SHOCK hit many followers of the Nigerian film industry on Thursday when celebrated actress, Moji Olaiya, passed away. Olaiya, who was a daughter of highlife veteran, Sir Victor Olaiya, was said to have died in an hospital in Canada. She was 42.

Punch May 19, 2017

Twist in a tale of War

Police made a startling arrest just as the federal government plans to deploy troops to the warring Ife and Modakeke communities of Osun State.

TELL May 22, 2000

Rebels on the prowl

Civil war looms again in Sierra Leone as Foday Sankoh and his gang take up arms in a new offensive to seize control of Freetown

TELL May 22, 2000

Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka escapes an ambush by assassins.

The fiery Enugu-based Catholic priest,  escaped death by the whiskers on Monday, May 8. 2006. He was attacked in the early morning of that day by men suspected to be hired assassins.

Insider, May 22, 2006

Wike, Amaechi disagree over formation of secret group

RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the immediate past governor of the state, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has formed a new secret group with the aim of creating security crisis in the state. Wike made this allegation on Monday during the inauguration of the Kpopie-Bodo Road in the Gokana LGA as part of the activities to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration.

-Punch May 24, 2017


Most Consequential Events in Nigeria’s History

  • The first craft school in former Northern Nigeria set up in Bida.
  • First Inter-House sports in King’s College Lagos, marking a golden era of sport that lasted for 50 years.
  • Catholic Church comes to Kafachan through Igbos who work for the railways
  • Ademola II, Alake Egba mounts the throne, preaches Free Trade
  • Following the German surrender in December 1918, Alaafin Ladigbolu is honoured in Oyo palace by the British colonialists in January


  • Census holds in Nigeria, going beyond Lagos to include few more urban towns within the Lagos colony.
  • Ernest Ikoli starts African Messenger to be third with already established Weekly Record and Nigerian Pioneer
  • Ownership of Lagos lands decided in favour of natives as Amodu Tijani wins case against government in London with the assistance of Herbert Macaulay


  • Unilever comes to Nigeria as United Africa Company, UAC
  • Party politics begins in Nigeria with Herbert Macaulay’s Democratic Party dominating
  • Akinwande Savage, Lagos medical doctor sets up his own Saturday newspaper, Nigerian Spectator
  • Bala Fredrick Mainasara becomes the first indigenous Hausa man to be ordained an Anglican cleric (2022)
  • First airplane lands in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Oba of Lagos, Eleko Esugbayi sacked
  • First Christian Oba of Lagos, Ibikunle Akitoye, installed
  • Construction work starts in Christ Church Cathedral, Lagos
  • Seraphim Band, now Cherubim and Seraphim Church founded in Lagos by Tunolase Orimolade


  • SCOA Nigeria Plc. starts business in Kano as a private company (27)
  • Railway Department dismisses Michael Imoudu for organising workers for action (29)
  • Nigeria Police established
  • As first step in post-secondary education in Nigeria, the Yaba Medical School was established to train medical assistants with the award of a diploma
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola’s revivals enlivens Christian life in Ilesa     (30)
  • The first foreign firm of chartered accountants in Nigeria established as Edward Casselton Elliot & Co. (30)
  • British Treaty cedes Bakassi to Germany (31)
  • Igbobi College established (32)
  • Falolu becomes Oba of Lagos (32)
  • Ahmadu Bello, the great-grandson of Dan Fodiyo, wants to be Sultan, but loses the contest to his cousin, AbubakarSidiq III who is installed with the help of British troops. (33)
  • Middle Belt People's Party co-founded by Sunday Olawoyin (33)
  • National Bank of Nigeria established (33)
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe comes back to Nigeria with a string of degrees from the U.S. (34)
  • National Youth Movement founded (34)
  • First Argungu Festival held, as a goodwill gesture and celebration of peace between the people of Sokoto and Argungu (34)
  • Teacher salary structure of 1926 is downscaled by up to 20 percent as global Great Depression hits Lagos (34)
  • Dr. JC Omosanya Vaughan writes book; Yoruba Women in Medicine practice, Native and Modern (35)
  • Traditional rulers in Yorubaland meet face to face for the first time (36)
  • Awolowo with Samuel Akinsanya organizes a successful 8-day strike of motor transport owners in the Western Region (36)
  • Eleko Esugbayi reinstated as Lagos Oba after fierce legal battle (36)
  • Nnamdi  Azikiwe moves to Lagos to start the West African Pilot (36)
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe’s National Youth Movement wins election to Lagos Town Council (38)
  • Shell enters into collaboration with British Petroleum (formerly Anglo-Persian Oil Company) for oil prospection in Nigeria. (38)
  • More Ife sculptures discovered when builders laying the foundation of a house. First discovery was 28 years prior.(38)
  • Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmole (The Forest of a Thousand Daemons) by D.O. Fagunwa published. (38)
  • Ikoyi Club 1938 founded (38)
  • Timothy Odutola announces the emergence of a new class of educated leaders in his essay. Among his mentions are Obafemi Awolowo and Samuel Akinsanya (38)
  • Governor-General of Nigeria passes time in a bunker during the second World War at a location now occupied as railway staff quarters. (39)
  • Palm Wine music plays for the first time in Lagos (39)
  • Schism in Ilesa based revival movement leads to the founding of The Apostolic Church and the Christ Apostolic Church (40)
  • Egba indigines gear up to support colonialist against Hitler, “aware of the true position of affairs in Europe” (40)
  • Schism in Ilesa based revival movement leads to the founding of The Apostolic Church and the Christ Apostolic Church (40)
  • Egba indigines gear up to support colonialist against Hitler's Nazism, “aware of the true position of affairs in Europe” (40)
  • For fear of attack from Vichy France during the second World War, Ibadan Lights Order was made for the cessation of lighting at night in the city of Ibadan (41)
  • British Council commences operations in Nigeria (43)
  • Following the Ikoli-Akinsanya affair, embittered Nnamdi Azikiwe leaves the National Youth Movement to join hands with Herbert Macaulay and forms the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroon, NCNC (44)
  • MargareteEkpo starts her political career as she joins the NCNC (44)
  • Anthony Enahoro becomes the editor, the Southern Nigerian Defender, Ibadan at the age of 21 (44)
  • The Nigerian regiment returns from engagement abroad during the second World War (44)
  • First Nigerian record label that will discover talents like Sunny Ade, Tunde Nightingale, Idowu  Animashaun, Kayode Fashola, among others; TYC Records, is formed. (44)
  • Egba women's riots which temporarily deposed the Alake monarch earns Nigeria the abolition of the poll tax on women and the institution of the Universal Adult Suffrage (45)
  • Henry Carr, great mathematician, dies (45)
  • Herbert Ogunde founded company, Ogunde Concert Party, which is Nigeria's first professional theatrical company (45)
  • In October, Ogunde’s budding theatrical campaigns takes him to Jos where he stages Sank and Hunger, a play which highlights the plight of workers, and he incurres the wrath of the colonial lords who bannes his work and fines him £125. (46)
  • Lagos women close their shops to show respect as Herbert Macaulay dies (46)
  • Victor Olaiya’s music career begins in Lagos with the Ekpo Band, a street band with three instruments, two drummers and six sticks players (47)
  • Obafemi Awolowo publishes book; Path to Nigerian Freedom (47)
  • University College Ibadan is opened October 1 at 56th General Military Hospital on Eleyele Waterworks Road, the temporary campus. (48)
  • Cyprian Ekwensi publishes his novella, When Love Whispers (48)
  • Alfred Rewan- led protest against racism of Bristol Hotel leads to Governor-General Arthur Richard banning all forms of racial segregation in Nigeria. (48)








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