Profile and Biography of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe [Zik].

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  1. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    Rt. Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe has no equal in Nigeria, he is peerless in Africa. He is Primus Inter Pares. No other African living of dead had a transnational influence outside his country in the mold of Zik.

    Yes there are several outstanding sons of Africa who worked hard and were also inducted in Africa's Hall of Political Fame, but Zik stands taller in the sense that through his activism two of Africa leading lights, Nigeria and Ghana gained freedom from Britain.

    Let me tell you a little of who Zik is, if your ego will allow you to read.

    As at 1928, when majority of men and women in some of your villages were still walking around naked, and not even a primary school was located 20 kilometers from some of your houses, Zik was already at Howard University in the United States.

    Zik moved from Howard to Lincoln University where in 1930, he graduated double honors in Philosophy and Politics and pursued his Masters in Politics in 1931 with another Maters in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1933.

    Mind you as at this time, there was still apartheid and slavery in the United States. But that did not deter him, he went on to start his doctoral work at the prestigious Columbia University same 1933 and completed the academic work and research but something happened which made him to defer the defence of his thesis and chose to return to Africa..Go and search google to know how many black people in the world that were studying for their doctorate as at early 1930's.

    He was not called Zik of Africa for no reason.

    In 1935, Zik used his doctoral degree dissertation to fight the international community's evil plan to recolonise Liberia. At at that time there were plans by the international community to use Liberia's debt as excuse to withdraw its sovereignty and place it as a Trust Legate.

    Zik saw this as a draw back to his plans to help liberate Africa, so his doctoral dissertation was on the implications of forcing Liberia towards a debt overhang by the international community. He then published it as Liberia in World Politics,a book that raised great awareness on that evil plan, and used the proceeds to embark on a journey back to Africa.

    When Zik returned from the United States in 1935, he went straight to Gold Coast ( Ghana). On his way from the ship, the young man who came to take his suitcase from his having heard and read of his exploits in America turned out to be Kwame Nkrumah.

    He was then known as Francis Kwame Nkrumah and was a student of a Catholic Seminary studying to be a priest. He met Zik, and his life was never the same again. He got a taste of Zik's fiery speeches when Zik addressed the Ghana Teachers Union. After listening to Zik, he went to Zik and asked him to mentor him to be like him.

    Zik told him to further his education and in fact convinced him to travel to the US. He gave him introductory and recommendation letters to his old school in Lincoln into which Nkrumah was enrolled in 1938.

    Other great Africans whom Zik helped secure university education in the United States at the same time were Ebenezer Ako Adjei, from Ghana, K.O. Mbadiwe, Mbonu Ojike, Nwafor Orizu, Okechukwu Ikejiani, Nwankwo Chukwuemeka, Abdulkareem. K Disu, K.A.B Quartey-Jones also from Ghana, and Okongwu. These men arrived Lincoln University between 1938 and 1939.

    They were the foot soldiers Zik later unleashed on the British across the West African coast for his Liberation movement in West Africa. It is not by mere happenstance that Zik's first biographer was the Ghanaian, K.A.B. Quartey-Jones.

    In 1959, Kwame Nkrumah who became the nation's first Prime Minister of Ghana, led the entire cabinet of the newly independent country of Ghana to Enugu to pay homage to his mentor. Zik gave a special speech on the floor of the Eastern House of Assembly at Enugu, on February 3, 1959 in honour of his protege, Prime Minister Nkrumah.

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