Nigerian Top 5 National Heroes

14.07.2015 82502

More than half a century ago Nigeria attained her independence from Britain. And there was a bunch of brave men, who fought for it's independence for the last drop of blood. Here is the list of 5 heroes who helped fighting for independence of Nigeria:

Herbert Macaulay

Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay (1864-1946) was a Nigerian journalist, politician, engineer and musician, considered by many Nigerians as the founder of Nigerian nationalism. Born in Lagos to Sierra Leonean Creole parents (descendants of freed African-American slaves settled in western Sierra Leone), he was the grandson of Bishop Ajayi Crowther and the son of the founder of the first secondary school in Nigeria, the CMS Grammar School, Lagos. After his secondary school education, he went abroad and studied civil engineering in Plymouth, England.

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Macaulay was one of the first Nigerian nationalists and for most of his life a strong opponent to British rule in Nigeria. As a reaction to British claims that they were governing with "the true interest of the natives at heart", he wrote, "The dimensions of 'the true interest of the natives at heart' are algebraically equal to the length, breadth, and depth of the white man's pocket." In 1908, he exposed the corruption in the handling of railway finances and in 1919, argued successfully for the chiefs whose lands had been taken by the British, in front of the Privy Council in London and they were compensated. In retaliation for his uncompromising posture, he was jailed twice by the British.

On June 24, 1923, he founded the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP), the first Nigerian political party. He was an integral part of the constitutional development that later saw Nigeria actualising her dream of independence on October 1, 1960.


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