Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe was born on November 16, 1904, at Zungeru, Northern Nigeria.
His father Obed Edom Chukwuemeka Azikiwe served as a clerk under Lord Lugard. His father retired on pension from the Civil Service and died on March 3, 1958.
Dr Azikiwe’s mother, Rachael Chinwe Azikiwe, was a great grand-daughter of Obi Ugogwu, king of Onitsha. She died on January, 1958.
Nnamdi Azikiwe attended CMS Central School, Onitsha Methodist Boys High School, Lagos and Hope Waddell Institution, Calabar before proceeding abroad.
Since his return from the United States of America in 1925, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe has undertaken several political, economic and educational missions across the world.
Dr Nnamdi was a popular and well renowned journalist and a respectable elder statesman. ZIK, as he is popularly known, is one of the greatest Africans who fought hard for the freedom of Africa from the colonialists. The name ZIK is an inspiration to those who believe that hard work and uprightness are sure avenues to success.
Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, despite his humble background, worked hard and rose to become one of the most highly respected Nigerians all over the world.
- Founder and editor-in-chief of West African Pilot
- The first Premier of Eastern Nigeria in October 1954.
- The Senate President in January 1960
- The first indigenous Governor-general in Nigeria, 1960
- The first indigenous president of Nigeria in 1963
- He was conferred with about 8 honorary doctorate degrees from different universities across the world.
The Legend: Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe
The Legend: Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe is a very interesting chronicle of the life of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, popularly known as ‘Zik of Africa.’ It begins with his parentage and his childhood years, and also traces his suffering in his attempt to acquire western education.
It also traces Azikiwe’s marital life, professional career and political successes, resulting in his election as the first indigenous Governor-General and ceremonial president of Nigeria.
Events leading to Azikiwe’s death are also highlighted.