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20 Unforgettable Events in the History of Nigeria After Independence



Happy Nigeria! While we celebrate and work together to make our nation better and carve a better way forward for Nigeria, let’s reminisce on some unforgettable events in our nation’s history after our independence on October 1st, 1960. These 20 events will forever remain special to us:


1. October 1, 1963: Nigeria became a Republic

2. December 30, 1964: The first national elections held in independent Nigeria

3. August 31, 1966: The original name “Federal Republic of Nigeria” was restored.

4. May 22, 1973: National Youth Service Corp was introduced

5. September 2nd, 1976: Universal Primary was first introduced

6. March 5, 1980: Mrs. Folake Solanke became the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria

7. September 9, 1982: The Nigerian Accounting Standards Board (NASB) was established

8. October 16, 1986: Wole Soyinka won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature

9. December 12, 1990:  officially became Nigeria’s capital

10. June 21, 1994: Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria’s first goal at the World Cup

11. September 1, 1994: RayPower 100.5 pioneered private radio broadcasting in Nigeria

12. December 21, 1999: Small and Medium Enterprises Equity Investment Scheme (SMEEIS) was approved by the banker’s committee

13. September 14, 1999: Professor Chinua Achebe won the maiden National Creativity Award

15. March 6, 2000: The first kidney transplant in Nigeria was conducted at St. Nicholas Hospital by Dr. Shonibare

14. November 16, 2001: Agbani Darego was crowned Miss World.

15. December 26, 2004: First Calabar carnival was held

16. April, 5, 2005: Dele Olojede became the first African-born journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize

17. October 12, 2005: 1000 Naira notes went into circulation for the first time

18. April 21, 2006: Nigeria became the first African country to completely pay off its debt to the Paris Club

19. July 26, 2007: Guaranty Trust Bank became the first African Bank to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.

20. August 22, 2009: 120 Nigerian police officers were awarded UN peace keeping medals for their service in Liberia.

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Oliver King is the CEO of and also a social media influence, He is a graduate of Ecotes Benin University with a BSc in International Relations. And also have Dip in Law from Bayero University. Oliver King has passion for blogging and loves what he does.

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