Globally Recognized Eminent Leaders




Nnamdi ‘Benjamin’ Azikwe

Popularly known as Zik

Born: 16th November , 1904

Died: 11th May, 1996


1954 – 1959: Premier, Eastern Region on Nigeria; 1st January, 1960 – 1st October, 1960: First Senate President, Nigeria; 16th November, 1960 – 1st October, 1963: 3rd Governor General, Nigeria; 1st October, 1963 – 16th January, 1966, First President Nigeria; 1972-1975: Chancellor, Lagos University (now University of Lagos);

Quote: Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.


William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

Popularly known as W.E.B Du Bois

Born: 23rd February, 1868- 27th August, 1963

Died: 27th August, 1963


1895: First Black Man to receive PhD from Harvard University; 1910: Leader, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); 1959; won the USSR International Lenin Peace Prize; 1961: Joined Communist Party at age 93;

Quote: The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.


Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti

Popularly known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Born: 15th October, 1938

Died: 2nd August, 1997)


Pioneer of Afro-Beat Music; Human Right Activist; Political Maverick; Founder, Egypt ’80 Band.

Most Popular Albums: Coffin for Head of State (1978), Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (1987), and Underground System (1993).

Quote: Suffering and smiling.


Martin Luther King Jr

Born: 15th January, 1929

Died: 4th April, 1968


1964: Nobel Peace Prize; 1977: Presidential Medal of Freedom (Post Humous); 2004: Congressional Gold Medal (Post Humous); Human Right Activist; 1954, Pastor, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Executive Committee Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; December, 1955, Leader of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, leading the bus boycott that lasted 382 days.

Quote: I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.



Jomo Kenyatta

Born Kamau wa Ngengi

Born: 1894

Died: 22nd August, 1978


Kenya’s founding father; 1st,  June 1963 – 12th December, 1964: Prime Minister, Kenya; 12th December, 1964 – 22nd August,1978: first President of Kenya

Quote: Many people may think that, now there is Uhuru, now I can see the sun of Freedom shinning, richness will pour down like manna from Heaven. I tell you there will be nothing from Heaven. We must all work hard, with our hands, to save ourselves from poverty, ignorance, and disease.

Kwame Nkrumah

Born Kamau wa Ngengi

Born: September 21, 1909

Died: 22nd August, 1978


1945: organize the Fifth Pan-African Congress, held in Manchester; 1947: General Secretary of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC); 1949: Split from UGCC on the grounds that it was working too slowly to form Convention People’s Party (CPP); 1957: First Prime Minister of Ghana at independence; 1963: Participated in the establishment of the Organization of African Unity; 1964 Became increasingly dictatorial after surviving two assassination attempts. Formed a one-party state and named himself Life President.; 1966 removed from power by military forces while traveling in Asia, and lived the remainder of his life in exile

Quote: Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them.


Nelson Mandela

Popularly known as Madiba

Born: 18th July , 1918



1944: Help establish the African National Congress, Youth League; 1951: President African National Congress, Youth League; 1952: First black to open a law practice in South Africa along with his friend Oliver Tambo; 1964: Sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island and released in 1990; 10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999: President of South Africa; 1993: Won Nobel Peace Prize.

Quote: For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

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