Nnamdi Azikiwe

1904 - 1996

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Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe (16 November 1904 – 11 May 1996), commonly referred to as Zik, was a Nigerian politician, statesman, and revolutionary leader who served as the 3rd and first black governor-general of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and the first president of Nigeria during the First Nigerian Republic (1963–1966). He was widely regarded as the father of Nigerian nationalism as the driving force behind the nation's independence in 1960. Born in Zungeru in the present-day Niger State to Igbo parents from Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria, Azikiwe learned to speak Hausa which was the main indigenous language of the Northern Region, Nigeria. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nnamdi Azikiwe has received more than 1,560,689 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Nnamdi Azikiwe is the 13,704th most popular politician (down from 13,371st in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Nigeria (down from 33rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular Nigerian Politician.

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Among politicians, Nnamdi Azikiwe ranks 13,704 out of 19,576Before him are Mugur Isărescu, Li Rui, Michel Maffesoli, Martín Javier Mina y Larrea, Mehdi Frashëri, and Yan Gamarnik. After him are Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Neven Mimica, Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, Armando Calderón Sol, Peter Šťastný, and Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus.

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Among people born in 1904, Nnamdi Azikiwe ranks 217Before him are Anton Yugov, Ray Bolger, Semyon Ignatyev, Tita Merello, Josef Pieper, and Dick Powell. After him are Yves Giraud-Cabantous, Cecil Day-Lewis, Attila Petschauer, Giuliano Bonfante, Piero Toscani, and Constance Bennett. Among people deceased in 1996, Nnamdi Azikiwe ranks 200Before him are José Lázaro Robles, Edvin Wide, Hillevi Rombin, N. T. Rama Rao, Roger Lapébie, and Michel Pablo. After him are Eva Cassidy, San Yu, William Bonin, Claude Mauriac, Rene Bond, and Mohamed Ben Ahmed Abdelghani.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe ranks 34 out of 309Before him are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977), Yakubu Gowon (1934), Tony Allen (1940), C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933), Murtala Mohammed (1938), and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (1954). After him are Taribo West (1974), Aliko Dangote (1957), Emmanuel Amunike (1970), Ibrahim Zakzaky (1953), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912), and John Onaiyekan (1944).

Among POLITICIANS In Nigeria

Among politicians born in Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe ranks 13Before him are Abdulsalami Abubakar (1942), Ibrahim Babangida (1941), Shehu Shagari (1925), Yakubu Gowon (1934), C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933), and Murtala Mohammed (1938). After him are Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1912), Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (1924), Ernest Shonekan (1936), Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900), Mohammed Yusuf (1970), and Atiku Abubakar (1946).