It’s surprising that a lot of Nigerians know little or nothing about Nigerian history. No one talks about our history;where we came from, who Nigeria is. Where are the elders?
History isn’t taught in most schools anymore, the youths are wrapped in show biz, social media, parties, riding the latest cars, embracing the white man’s culture and totally neglecting our history, perhaps we do not feel indebted to know about this Giant of Africa because our sense of heritage, pride and obligation is lost.
It is true that many Nigerians have been misinformed about Nigeria’s history;pre-colonisation era, colonisation era, independence; those who fought for our independence(Herbert Macaulay, Dr Nnamdi Azikwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa), coups, unitary government, Biafra, Lt Col Ojukwu, military rule, democracy, federalism, the premier political parties in Nigeria(Nigerian National Democratic Party,NNDP,Northern Peoples Congress,NPC,Action Group,AG,National Council of Nigeria & Cameroon,NCNC, etc), Nigerian Constitution(1999 Constitution), Nigerian military juntas, Abacha, June 12, MKO Abiola, our return to the republican era, Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan.
Nigerians give prejudiced accounts about the historic events that have happened in Nigeria, for instance,the Biafran war where I was made to believe that the Igbos were being selfish,I for once believed that, until I began to dig deep, reading several books especially Chinua Achebe’s There Was A Country and Chimamada Ngozi Adichie’s Half of A Yellow Sun.
Having said all this, I think it will be fair to look deep into Nigeria’s history and know what is true, then form our own unbiased opinions so we will have true stories to tell the coming generations.
So how well do you know:
1. How old is Nigeria as a nation?
2. When was Nigeria amalgamated?
3.Who composed the national anthem?
4. Who named Nigeria?
5.How long did the Biafran war last?
6. Who designed the Nigerian flag?
7. The first Nigerian president?
8. Name of the governor of your state?
9. When was naira introduced to Nigeria?
10. How long was the military rule in Nigeria?
Don’t CHEAT,my eyes are on you in 5D!!!