The Nigeria Nostalgia Project - Pre Nigeria Discussion


Nice :+1: I like it… I suggest u post them bit by bit so we could assimilate them easily. Some people are interested in knowing these things but when they see d whole article they just get tired to read


lool true. I’ll do my best with the next post.

thank you so much.


Personally I love learning about history,I even want to write a book about the indigenous Yoruba cultures and values we’re forgetting so soon to civilization because we want to embrace modern culture. U could be of help there.

How about u post something that goes like this: Did you know that a leopard escaped and was shot in Lagos in 1912? Then u post d picture to illustrate it and be a lil bit more elaborate.
This creates more interest and gives room for discussions. Then u throw in another one like that in an interactive way.


thank @NaijaLander for taking out time to put this here.

good point @judy thanks


Good one…

You always have something for us here…

Thank you!

I love reading about historical stuffs too…and this is really insightful…

Thanks bro…


Tanimowo Ogunlesi (née Okusanya)

Tanimowo Ogunlesi was a women’s rights activist and the leader of the Women’s Improvement League. She founded the Children’s Home School, Ibadan in 1949 and was the only female member of the Nigerian delegation to the United Kingdom to discuss self governance in July 1953.

She was a co-founder of the National Council of Women Societies



Dr. Ibiyinka Olorun-nimbe - the First Lord Mayor of Lagos

Dr Abu Bakr Ibiyinka Olorun-Nimbe was born on 20th September 1908 the first child and only son of Alhaji Abdu Rahman Lawal (Olorun-Nimbe) in the Ita Obadina/ Ita Pashi ( Obadina/Pashi Square) area of Oko Faji District of Lagos Island.

His father Abdu Rahman " Olorun-Nimbe" was a wealthy textile merchant/importer with trading links to Manchester, England whose own father before him, Lawal Amolese was also a renowned popular trader and Muslim leader in the same Ita Pashi area.

In spite of his noble birth however, this great son of Lagos and Nigerian nationalist, lived his entire life serving the common people of Nigeria.

He had his primary education at both the Government Muslim School Aroloya and Tinubu Methodist School in Lagos. His secondary education was at CMS Grammar School and Kings College Lagos where he finished in 1928.

After a brief working spell he proceeded to Scotland as a private student to study Medicine at the University of Glasgow with his tuition fully paid by his Father.

He qualified as a physician and Surgeon in 1937. The following year he entered the University of London to specialize in Tropical medicine.

On the completion of his studies, he returned to Lagos and joined the medical department of the Colonial Service where he like his Nigerian peers suffered racial discrimination.

They were paid lower salaries than their less qualified European counterparts. Consequently, he resigned his appointment in 1941 and set up his own surgery at his residence on Kakawa street in the same building that would House the Daily Times many years later.

He would later open Alafia Clinic at Turton Street in Lafiaji District. He was greatly appreciated by the people for both his expertise as a surgeon and his generosity and kindness.

He soon became personal physician to Herbert Macaulay with whom he grew very close and who ultimately influenced him to become involved in politics.

Dr Olorun-Nimbe’s initial foray into politics was his nomination to the Lagos Town Council in 1943. He thereafter joined Herbert Macaulay’s Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP).

In 1945, he was elected to the Legislative Council of Nigeria as the first of the 3 members representing Lagos and reelected in 1947. All the while he kept his seat on the Lagos Town council after winning elections as an NNDP candidate.

In June 1947, Ibiyinka Olorun-Nimbe served as a Member of the 7-man NCNC delegation that went to London to lodge a formal protest with the Colonial Secretary to demand revision of the new Richards Constitution that divided Nigeria into 3 regions.

The delegation, led by Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had Dr. Ibiyinka Olorun-Nimbe, Prince Adeleke Adedoyin, Mallam Bukar Dipcharima, Chief Nyong Essien, Mr. P.M. Kale and Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Fela’s mother) as members.

Dr. Nimbe as he was fondly called by the Lagos market women was a grassroots politician in spite of his noble birth and felt very much at home with every one. He helped to organize the Lagos Market women who at the time was led by the influential Madam Alimotu Pelewura, into a strong political and economic force.

He achieved a lot for the market women who in turn always backed him massively returning him with the highest votes in all elections he contested.

His political career peaked in 1950 when he was elected as the First Lord Mayor of Lagos at the age of 42.

He contested the election on the platform of the NCNC/NNDP coalition locally known as Demo against the formidable and ascendant Area Council/Action Group combination.

Dr Nimbe led the victorious 18 Demo councilors against only 6 for the AG. This achievement was no mean feat considering that his opponent in this election was no less than the recently crowned Oba Adele II of Lagos. Once again the market women delivered.

Dr. Olorun-Nimbe would shortly after gradually withdraw from politics and following the 1966 coup withdraw from public life until his death in 1973.

He was survived by 5 daughters, 2 wives and his 3 sisters.

His statue stands in front of the Lagos City Hall as a permanent and dignified tribute from the people of Lagos to its unassuming illustrious son.

source: personal family history


Two Igbo Boys with Dead Primate (Chimpanzee?) Killed at Asaba 1906

© National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum



September 15: Continued wooding. About nine, A.M., three canoes were observed pulling downwards on the right side of the river.

They saw us, and stopped to land their property on the opposite side, leaving one canoe there to take care of it while the others paddled across towards us.

Continued below


Every precaution was used to prevent their being frightened away. The interpreters accosted them in Haussa, to which they replied, and being invited on board, five of them came on deck.

They were Filani traders in slaves from Bomanda, near the town of Hamaruwa. They left Bomanda on Tuesday, and made short journeys, first to Tshomo, whence they went to Zhiru on Wednesday, and then to Nak, where they slept last night, and started this morning from Nak.

Continued below.


They informed us that we were in the Hamaruwa territory, and that one day would bring us to Tshomo, the port of Bomanda.

They gave us the names of some villages we should meet with on our way, viz., Nak and Zhiru on the left side, and Tshomo on the right; and said, that the feeding stream we passed on Tuesday is Akam river, with a village called Wunubo on the bank of it ; that there are scattered farm villages in the interior, where the slaves cultivate corn for their masters; that the inhabitants of the Zhibu district are Hamaruwa’s slaves, and that all this country is inhabited by Djuku or Kororofa, the same with Akpa or Apa, which is the language of Wukari, the capital of Kororofa, now subject to the Filanis.

Continued below.


They asked whether we wanted to purchase slaves, to which we answered in the negative. One of them said he had ivory at home, and he would be back in two days, when he hoped to meet us and sell it.

They defined as well as they could the boundaries of Kororofa, Hamaruwa, Adamawa and Bautshi; and said that the mountains visible before us, were Fumbina mountains, and that we should be eight days going to the Confluence of the Binue and Faro, pointing to the direction of the rise of the latter on the left side of the former.


They added, however, that the people of Adamawa were Kaferis, and that they were apprehensive they would fight us.

  • illustration from The Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor (1856)

Journal of an expedition up the Niger and Tshadda rivers undertaken by Macgregor Laird in connection with the British Government in 1854 by Crowther, Samuel (1855)


Ma Eme Ete, Calabar circa 1880

"Ma Eme is seated in the foreground wearing a long pink robe and feather hat. Behind her stand two boys.

" Ma Eme of Ekenge was the sister of Chief Edem of Ekenge and also the widow of a Chief.

She was very good friends with Mary Slessor.

© USC Digital Library - International Mission Photography Archive


Release of the Imprisoned Bonny Converts.

A letter from the Rev. Dandeson Crowther brings the welcome news that the two converts at Bonny who have been kept in irons by the Chiefs since Nov. 5th, 1875, were released on Nov. 7th last, in consequence of a strong united protest on the part of the European captains and supercargoes in the river.

Mr. Crowther, in a letter to his father the Bishop, printed in the Lagos localised edition of the C. M. Gleaner , thus writes : — I have to inform you of the joyful news that the supercargoes in this river have succeeded in releasing Isaiah Bara and Jonathan Apiafe, the two prisoners now a year chained for being converts to Christ’s religion.

Yesterday the meeting was held, on board the Charles Horsfall of cargoes and Bonny Chiefs. They were brought on board Captain Boler’s hulk, Charles Horsfall , at 4.30 a.m. to-day ; and the condition was, that they be sent away from the country by the first opportunity.

Captain Boler has given them shirts and singlets ; for they were brought on board handcuffed and in rags, and Captain Boler said that he had some trouble to get the chains off.

The two men are perfectly agreeable to go to Lagos, and are glad it is so. While we were on board, Messrs. Cheetham, Knight, and the Captains in the river, came to see and congratulate them ; some of the converts came too.

There are two slave-boys yet in prison, kept back by Warribo. I have informed Captain Boler, and he says that they also must be released.

Their names are Stephen and Abednego, Warribo’ s own slaves.

The Church Missionary Intelligencer (February 1877)


The Last of the Juju House, Bonny

Just before leaving England in October, Bishop Crowther received a letter from his son the Archdeacon of the Upper Niger, informing him of the demolition by the Chiefs of Bonny, of the Juju House, or Temple of Skulls at that place ; this temple was for many years the receptacle of the bones of victims taken in numerous ways, and afterwards killed and eaten.

Bonny has advanced in Christianity [and civilisation,] but no attempts were made to remove the hideous memorial of what they once were.

After the receipt of the Record in which was part of the Rev. W. Allan’s report of his visit to Bonny, the Archdeacon took an opportunity to speak to the King and Chiefs of the disgrace brought on the place by the building.

They saw with him, and sanctioned its removal.

The Archdeacon writes :— "Chief Warribo sent for me on the morning of the 6th instant to offer prayer and to witness the clearing away of the skulls. I went at six o’clock A.M… accompanied by Mr. A. E. Williams, and after reading Psalm cxv. and the suitable Ibo prayer for the King and Chiefs in the Prayer Book, the work of clearing up commenced.

By six o’clock in the evening there was not one skull to be seen, or post of the house standing…"

  • Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther and son Dandeson circa 1870 from wiki commons

The Church Missionary Gleaner - December 1888


Something new by William L. Jester (1957)

Nashville Baptist Mission, Tennessee


His assault rifle slung over his shoulder, a steel helmeted Nigerian soldier embraces a Biafran soldier after formal ceremony in which Biafra surrendered unconditionally.

The two followed the example by Nigeria’s Major General Yakubu Gowon and Biafra’s Major General Philip Effiong, who embraced after General Effiong pledged to support the nation "as one undivided.

Photo is dated 01-13-1970.
Source: Historic Images


In the beginning…
London 1958 - L - R - Dr. Isola Abudu, (Late)Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Dr. Afolabi-Brown, (Late)Mr. Fela Ransome-Kuti(Fela Anikulapo-Kuti)Dr. Adedapo Tejuoso (Now Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, Osile Egba Oke Ona) and Chief. Kusamotu.


Catholic Nuns near Abakaliki circa 1964

Erik Chicago served in the Peace Corps

" After Enugu we headed for NORCAP (the Norwegian Church Agricultural Project) near Abakaliki. We stopped here to get directions and were greeted by Catholic nuns who insisted we stay for refreshments–ginger cookies and soda.