Nigeria’s first president, Nnamdi Azikwe, fondly called Zik, would have turned 114 years old today, Friday, November 16th if he had been alive.

Zik emerged Nigeria’s last Governor-General, representing the British Monarch between 1960, when Nigeria gained her independence, and 1963 when it became a Republic.

He then became the country’s first President after it became a Republic. It was a largely ceremonial office, given that Nigeria operated a parliamentary system of government, during the First Republic.

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Zik was one of those who fought for Nigeria’s independence from Britain.

He was born on November 16, 1904, in Zungeru, the present-day Niger State to Igbo parents. He lived with his aunt and grandmother in Onitsha and spent some time in Lagos.

Zik spoke the Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba languages fluently.

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