Nigeria’s Book of Firsts: A Handbook of Pioneer Nigerian Citizens, Institutions and Events
by N. Nik Onyechi
First published in Nigeria in 1989, this book was described by its author as his ‘humble contribution toward filling the yawning information gap in Nigeria as well as uplifting the level of national consciousness and patriotism among fellow Nigerians’. Three decades on, this reference work – laboriously compiled in a pre-Internet age – stands the test of time as an invaluable guide to landmarks in Nigerian political, economic, social and cultural history. A bewildering array of ‘firsts’ are recorded in the book, ranging from the first official visit to Nigeria by a British monarch, to the establishment of Nigeria’s first insurance company, to the first Nigerian to win a world junior cruiserweight boxing championship. This first British edition, which will also be distributed in Nigeria, makes Nigeria’s Book of Firsts more widely available than ever before.
Paperback; 280pp; price £12
ISBN: 978 1 9163084 3 5