Do you bleed green-white-green? Or are you Nigerian by name only? Take the ZODML quiz on "firsts" in Nigerian history and find out!
In 1987, Norwegian TV network NRK TV visited Nigeria to interview novelist Flora Nwapa for a series exclusively focused on women writers. The 40-minute documentary covers both Nwapa's professional and personal lives, with scenes showing family gatherings, her office, and village life in her native Imo State.
The summer holidays are here! If you normally travel abroad, why not shake things up and stay close to home this year? Check out our list of 10 must-see places in Nigeria for some holiday inspiration:
1. Agbokim Waterfall, Cross River
The Agbokim waterfall is made up of seven cascades pouring over a cliff – a truly spectacular sight. The best time to visit is between July to September. It is located near Ikom, in eastern Cross River State.
British Pathé, a producer of documentaries and newsreels from 1910 to 1970, recently uploaded 85,000 films to its YouTube channel, including this fascinating clip of Kano City in 1949. The video features the traditional Hausa architecture of the city, its famous groundnut warehouses, and the Emir of Kano at the time, Abdullahi Bayero:
Great news for history lovers! The Google Cultural Institute has teamed up with Pan-Atlantic University to create a special Nigeria archive. Through the partnership, the Institute - which aims to "help preserve and promote culture online" - and the University have made available many maps, documents, and photographs which date as far back as 1851.
[caption id="attachment_2960" align="aligncenter" width="279"] A stamp of the Niger Coast Protectorate featuring Queen Victoria[/caption]
NPR recently showcased the work of Eliot Elisofon, an American photojournalist who travelled extensively through Africa from 1942 to 1964 while working for Life magazine. He donated an archive of 60,000 prints and negatives to the Museum of African Art in Washington DC, which is currently exhibiting some of his work.
A drive from one end of the continent (Cape Town) to the other (Cairo) in an ambulance converted to a mobile studio yielded rich images which challenged the stereotypical images of Africa which pervaded Western depictions. We were struck by the vibrant colours of the scenes he captured in Enugu, Jos, and Bida.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Nigerian photographer JD Okhai Ojeikere on February 2 after a brief illness (we've featured his work on the blog before). Ojeikere was known for his striking black and white images, encompassing over 1000 photographs of women's hairstyles and head ties (popularly known as gele) unique to Nigeria. His famous series Hairstyles was displayed as part of the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia last year.
Ojeikere was born in Ovbiomu, Edo State in 1930. He bought his first camera - a Brownie D - in 1950 and began his formal career as a darkroom assistant at the Ministry of Information in Ibadan. After independence, he worked at Television House and for the West Africa Publicity agency in Lagos. He eventually opened his own studio - Foto Ojeikere - and also joined the Nigerian Arts Council (now the National Council for Arts and Culture) through which he organised festivals to promote artistic activities across the country.
[caption id="attachment_2762" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Sir Adetokunbo Ademola (centre) with the Chief Justice of India, Shri B.P Sinha on a visit to India[/caption]
On this day in 1993, Sir Adetokumbo Ademola, Nigeria's first indigenous Chief Justice, passed away after a long and illustrious life. He was born into the family of the Alake of Egbaland (a Yoruba clan largely based in Abeokuta, Ogun State). After studying law at the University of Cambridge, he was called to the bar in London in 1934 and quickly rose through the ranks of the Nigerian judiciary, becoming Chief Justice for Western Nigeria in 1955 and Chief Justice of the Federation in 1958, two years before the country's independence.
Adetokumbo Ademola played a vital role in establishing the Nigerian Law School (at which all Nigerian lawyers are trained) and in shaping the country's history, as an obituary published in the Independent newspaper highlights:
Oloye Hubert Adedeji Ogunde was a Nigerian actor, playwright, theatre manager, and musician. Described as "the father of Nigerian theatre or the father of contemporary Yoruba theatre," his theatre company the Ogunde Concert Party, which he founded in 1945, was Nigeria’s first professional theatrical company. The Ogunde Concert Party travelled around Nigeria, West Africa, and the rest of the world performing plays such as Garden of Eden, Taiwo and Kehinde, Aduke, Strike and Hunger, Herbert Macauley, Slavery, Police Brutality and Princess Jaja which celebrated the richness of the country’s indigenous cultures while also shedding light on the ills plaguing its government and society.
Check out 10 fascinating facts about the theatre legend after the jump: