People of Calabar Show Support for Nigeria – 1968

May 16, 1968
Members of Calabar Wards Assembly stage a mass demonstration, carrying placards and singing the Nigerian national anthem, they walked to the office of the State Military Governor, Colonel U. J Esuene to register their support for the Federal Military Government during the Nigerian/Biafra civil war

DK Onwenu 1916-1956.

Hon. Dixon Kanu Onwenu(DK) 1916-1956. Principal Enitonia High School, Port Harcourt, Member, Federal House of Representatives, PH Constituency the first Arondizuogu man in the House.

He was educated at Fourah Bay College, FreeTown, Sierra Leone and Durham University UK.

He is the author of “A Political Crisis Fiction: An Epic Drama”

He was the father of Musical legend, Onyeka Onwenu

This is a photo of him on the day he won the House of Rep election in Port Harcourt in 1955.

There was a country ….


“There was a country….

In 1956 there was a country… whose first Mayor in a place called Enugu was a Fulani man by the name of Mallam Umaru Altine. He was not appointed but elected TWICE as Mayor.

There was a country which has a place called Port Harcourt. The people of Port Harcourt elected a man called Chief John Umolu (from Etsako in today’s Edo State) to represent its municipality in the Eastern Region House of Assembly.

In 1959 there was a country, a country where when its Eastern House of Chiefs was constituted a man named Mallam Umaru Yushau, the Sarkin Hausawa or Chief of the Hausas in Onitsha, was elected as a member of the Eastern House of Chiefs.

In 1957 there was a country which has a city called Kano. Kano celebrated the appointment of one Felix Okonkwo, as a special member of the Northern House of Chiefs.

In 1950 in a place called Lagos Olorunimbe was the first Mayor of Lagos with Mboni Ojike as his deputy

In 1952 a man from Ogwashi Ukwu, by the name of Chike Ekwuiyasi represented Benin West in the Western House of Assembly

There was a country….What happened to that country?

To the Nigerian youth. Those who knew this country have deprived you of knowing your history to satisfy their own selfish needs.

One day we will get back on the passionately set course to nationhood, and fix the one that has so sadly derailed.”

~Amanda Kirby Okoye