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"This is Nigeria where children learn to spell freedom" - Nigeria's First Elections

By ZODML on 29 May, 2013

 

In 1959 and 1960, the American news network CBS made a documentary on Nigeria's first elections and the build-up to independence. The first part below shows Nigerians at political rallies (including a clip of Obafemi Awolowo campaigning in Northern Nigeria), in classrooms and at the ballot box, all filled with excitement at the approaching freedom from British colonial rule:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eG2QF_ux7s Parts 2, 3 and 4 feature interviews with other nationalist figures, including Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikiwe (whose early sporting travails we blogged about yesterday), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Maitama Sule and Aminu Kano. Image source: Madame Aproko

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