Our Roots.

AuthorFatunla, Tayo

DISCOVERED BY A U.S. COACH IN LAGOS IH THE EARLY EIGHTIES, THE FIRST MOST SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN ATHLETE IN THE US IS HAKEEM OLAJUWON WHO PLAYER BASKETBALL FOR HOUSTON ROCHETS.

THE FIRST TELEVISION STATION TO INTRODUCE COLOUR WAS IN JOS, PLATEAU STATE IN 1974.

THE 16TH CEHTURY SCULPTURAL PORTRAIT IN IVORY MASK SYMBOLISES IDIA, QUEEN MOTHER OF THE BENIN EMPIRE. IT WAS USED AS A SYMBOL FOR THE 2ND AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE (FESTAC) IN LAGOS, IN 1977. THE FESTIVAL FEATURED DANCES, DRAMA, POETRY, MUSIC AND CONFERENCES.

ODUMEGWU OJUKWU WAS LEADER OF THE SECESSIONIST REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR (1967-1970). THE NIGERIAN ARMY WON THE WAR.

FRANCIS ARINZE IS NIGERIA'S FIRST CARDINAL. HE WAS RAISED TO THE RANK OF CARDINAL PRIEST IN 1985 BY POPE JOHN PAUL II. HE WAS LATER ON SHORT LIST OF CANDIDATES TO SUCCEED POPE JOHN PAUL II.

WRITER, POET AND PLAYWRIGHT PROFESSOR WOLE SOYINKA BECAME THE FIRST AFRICAN TO WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE IN 1986. SOYINKA HAS PLAYED AN ACTIVE ROLE IN NIGERIA'S POLITICAL HISTORY

IN 1973, THE NIGERIAN CURRENCY CALLED NAIRA REPLACED THE POUND AT THE RA TE OF TWO NAIRA TO ONE POUND.

IN 1960, THE YEAR NIGERIA GAINED INDEPENDENCE FROM GREAT BRITAIN, SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA BECAME THE COUNTRY'S FIRST PRIME MINISTER. HE CONTRIBUTED TO THE FIGHT FOR NIGERIA'S LIBERATION.

DEADLY YEARS OF UPRISING BY THE MILITANT BOKO HARAM INCLUDE THE KIDNAPPINGS OF 200 CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS THAT BROUGHT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION: THEY HAVE KIDNAPPED OVER 1000 CHILDREN ONCE 2013.

NIGERIA'S SPACE PROGRAM HAS A HISTORY WITH SATELLITES IN SPACE A SATELLITE NAMED NIGERIA EDUSAT-I WAS LAUNCHED FROM SPACEX LAUNCH OF CRS-II III 2017. THE SATELLITE WAS CARRIED OK A FALCOLN 9 ROCKET.

NIGERIA CONTINUES TO HOLD A LEADING POSITION WITHIN THE WEST AFRICAN MARITIME SECTOR AND HAS SIX MAJOR SEAPORTS IN APAPA AND TIN CAN ISLAND IN LAGOS; ONNE AND PORT HARCOURT IN RIVERS; WARRI IN DELTA; AND CALABAR IN CROSS RIVER.

COMPLETED IN 1979, NECOM HOUSE IN LAGOS WAS THE FIRST TALLEST BUILDING IN WEST AFRICA.

THINGS FALL APART FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1958 IS THE MOST FAMOUS AND WIDELY READ AFRICAN NOVEL WRITTEN BY CHINUA ACHEBE. TO DATE, BOOK HAS SOLD OVER 20 MILLION COPIES AND HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN 60 LANGUAGES.

NGOZI ONWUMERE, SEUN ADIGUN AND AKUOMA OMEGA ARE THE FIRST AFRICAN BOBSLED TEAM TO QUALIFY AND COMPETE IN THE 2018 XIII WINTER OLYMPICS IN PYEONGCHANG, KOREA. THEY STARTED OUT PRACTICING WITH A HOME-MADE WOODEN...

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