Obafemi Awolowo and Nnamdi Azikiwe: 2 legendary statesmen and their cars
Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe are one of the most prominent and iconic figures in the history of Nigerian politics. Chief Obafemi Awolowo as he is fondly called by his peers is “AWO” while Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe is called the “ZIK”. Wanna know more about them, read on patiently!
Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe are one of the most prominent and iconic figures in the history of Nigerian politics. Chief Obafemi Awolowo as he is fondly called by his peers is “AWO” while Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe is called the “ZIK”.
Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe welcoming Chief Obafemi Awolowo
These two prominent Nigerians contributed in changing the course of Nigeria so they are actually well celebrated. While they both hailed from different part of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo hailed from the western part of Nigeria while Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe hailed from the eastern part of Nigeria.
They were friends and they had one thing in common among them, which is the love for expensive cars. These cars both helped them in different ways in the course of guiding Nigeria.
But before we delve into their numerous expensive automobiles, we at naijacarnews.com will like to give u a brief history about them.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the first premier of western Nigeria; he was also the federal commissioner for finance. He was also the vice chairman of the federal executive council under former head of state General Yakubu Gowon. He was also appointed the official leader of the opposition in the federal parliament of Nigeria to the Tafawa Balewa Government.
On three occasions, Chief Obafemi Awolowo Tried at becoming the president of Nigeria but he failed. He was also the first to be named the leader of the yorubas. He died at is ikenne home at the age of 78 on 9th of may 1987.
chief obafemi awolowo's mercedes 230.6!
The most expensive car he used then was the Mercedes 230.6 which is a grey 8 seater drive used throughout during his quest for presidency.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo's Mercedes in the museum named after him
Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe was the Governor General of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 and he was also the first president of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966 when Nigeria became a republic. He is considered to be the driving force to Nigerian independence and he is known to be the father of nationalism in Nigeria.
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Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe greeting dignitaries
Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe also has lots of places named after him like the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra, Nnamdi Azikiwe Library in the University of Nsukka, Nnamdi Azikiwe Press Center in dodan barracks, Azikiwe Avenue in Tanzania, CRDB Azikiwe branch Tanzania. He is also the face shown on the Nigerian #500 note.
Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe died on the 11th of May 1996.
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