November 16, 2013

On this day November 16th....

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles


On November 16, 1904 Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was born in Zungeru, Nigeria. Popularly known as "Zik", he was one of the leading figures of modern Nigerian nationalism. In 1934, he founded a newspaper in what is now Ghana and mentored Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. He returned to Nigeria in 1937, founded and edited newspapers and became active in politics.

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe served as the second and last Governor-General from 1960 to 1963 and the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966, holding the presidency throughout the Nigerian First Republic. He transitioned onto the realm of an ancestor on May 11, 1996.

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe Quotes:

"Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar."

"There is plenty of room at the top because very few people care to travel beyond the average route. And so most of us seem satisfied to remain within the confines of mediocrity"

"My stiffest earthly assignment is ended and my major life's work is done. My country is now free and I have been honored to be its first indigenous head of state. What more could one desire in life?" — talking about Nigeria's Independence on October 1, 1960.

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