“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”
― Michael Crichton
One thing Nigerians will always have is our collective history. It’s beautiful, sad, joyous, inspiring, and heartbreaking at times but it will always be ours. Here are over 20 photos that showcase our beautiful and rich history:
Hundreds of fishermen participating to the annual fishing festival at a river in Argungu, Kebbi state. 1980s
Yoruba girls with facial scarification, Meko, Nigeria. 1970s
Former Premier Obafemi Awolowo with his daughter waving at spectators after release from prison, 1966
A mother and her son, Oct 1st 1960
Vintage Lipton Tea ad (sold for 75kobo) that appeared in Emotan magazine, Nigeria on the 2nd of February 1980.
Muhammad Ali on a tour of Lagos, Nigeria on June 2, 1964.
Queen Elizabeth II visit to Nigeria (1956).
University College students. June 1960
Biafran children of the St Anthony school. 1969
A form IV (SS1/10th grade) student of FGC Sokoto posing near the principal’s Office (1975).
Playwright Wole Soyinka in 1966. Twenty years later he became the first African Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Hair cream advert in the 80s (₦1.50?!!)
Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe. Photo taken in Lagos, Nigeria – 1966
Daily Times Advert. 1970s
Fulani youth. Lafia. 1960’s – 70’s
Nigerian Boy scouts. 1960s .
Old Nigerian currency
Stylish Yoruba gentleman, Meko, Nigeria circa 1970.
Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Melody Maestros
Album Cover From 1969
Postcard of Tarkwa Bay. Lagos, Nigeria. 14 Feb 1967
Tinuade Shogbola photographed in London as a Nigeria Airways air hostess, 1962
These photographs are directly from Nigerian Nostalgia Project’s archives and The Nigerian Nostalgia 1960 -1980 Project on Facebook. For more old pictures and history of Nigeria, Visit: Nigeria Nostalgia
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