Ambrose Campbell (1919 – 2006)

Ambrose Campbell’s “Eni Ri Nka He” 1957(?)

I adore this song and if you listen well the melody may sound familiar. It sounds a lot like the 1967 song “Hey Jude” by the Beatles.

What’s the story behind this? Was this actually recorded in 1957 – before the Beatles came together? Did they give him credit? ……something is not adding up here


Ambrose Campbell (19 August 1919 – 22 June 2006) was a Nigerian musician and bandleader. He is credited with forming Britain’s first ever black band, the West African Rhythm Brothers, in the 1940s, and was also acknowledged by Fela Kuti as “the father of modern Nigerian music”.He worked with British jazz musicians in the 1950s, and later toured and recorded with Leon Russell in the US, where he lived for thirty years.

The Federal Parliament at TBS “Old Racecourse” c1960

From Idea….to completion…….

Lagos: In 1859 Oba Dosunmu provided the land we know today as Tafawa Balewa Square “TBS” to colonial authorities and it was used as a sporting field – The Lagos Race Course.

The Lagos Race Course was a horse race track and it also included a section for football and grounds to play cricket.


At independence in 1960, Nigeria adopted a parliamentary system of government mirroring that of its former coloniser, the United Kingdom.

The Governor-General, who served as the representative of the Queen and the Head of State, appointed the Prime Minister (Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa) as the Head of Government, and his cabinet from among members of the legislature.

Group picture of some of the guests at the laying of the stone at the parliament building ;

In the photo is Minister of Labour, Chief Modupe Johnson, Bishop of Lagos, A. W Howells, Oba Adeniji Adele, Oba of Lagos, Aja Nwachukwu Minister of Education and Minister of Aviation, Raymond Njoku .

In 1963, Nigeria severed ties with the British Monarchy and created the position of President as the Head of State ( Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe)

In 1979, Nigeria abolished the parliamentary system of government in favor of a presidential system of government.

The old parliamentary building was later used as the National Assembly building during the defunct Second Republic (1979 – 1983)