Destiny of My Nation

... FROM PROMISE TO PERFORMANCE

Dr Benjamin Nnamdi Azikwe was born on the 16th of November, 1904 in Niger State. One of the very few early public figures that was able to avoid the regional colouration that tinged the image one of most leaders in his era. A true nationalist. He was fondly referred to as “Zik” and some call him ‘Zik of Africa’. He became the first president of Nigeria after Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960. He worked as the editor of the African Morning Post in the former Gold Coast, now Ghana. All his life he tirelessly pursued the pro-African nationalist agenda. Upon his return to Nigeria he founded the West African Pilot which vigorously promoted the cause of Nigerian nationalism. The newspaper had as its motto “To show the light and let the people find their way.” He was a co-founder of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) in 1944, alongside Herbert Macaulay and many others. He was made the secretary-general of the National Council in 1946 and elected to the Legislative Council of Nigeria the following a year after. He was the first Nigerian to be named to the Privy Council of the Britain and he also became the Governor General on the same day. Zik became the first indigenous Governor General from 1960 to 1963 and the president of Nigeria with the declaration of Nigeria as a Republic in 1963.