Today in Nigerian/African History: 1st July

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On this day in 1960; Ghana is proclaimed a republic with Francis Nwia Kofie Kwame Nkrumah, as its first president. Although it gained independence on 6 March 1957, the head of state remained the British Queen, Elizabeth II, and a governor-general represented her within the country.

Also on this day in 2015; President Muhammadu Buhari,  appointed Zakari, as INEC chair thereby making her the first female to occupy such position in Nigeria history following the expiration of Professor Attahiru Jega’s tenure.

 

Equally on this day in 1999; Joshua Nkomo (82), second vice-president of Zimbabwe, dies in Harare.   He was admitted to hospital a few weeks earlier with prostate cancer.
Also on this day in 1991Egypt Air made its first scheduled direct flight from Cairo to Johannesburg.
On this day in 1965; The police raided the editorial offices of the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg and confiscate documents relating to a series of articles on prison conditions written by Harold Strachan.
Likewise on this day in 1962; Burundi and Rwanda achieve independence from Belgim. Previously, they had been part of the German colony Deutsche Ostafrika and then held as a UN trust territory since World War II.
And on this day in 1960; Congo becomes independent with Patrice Lumumba as premier and Joseph Kasavubu as president.

 

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