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Top 10 Important Nigerians Who Are Not Recognized
Factboyz has looked into extraordinary Nigerians who have saved lives, but have not yet been duly recognized by the Nigerian government. Most times, ctelebrities, top business men, politicians and top clergy receive accolades and praise but what place is given to the average Nigerian? Below is a list by factboyz.com listing out silent Nigerians who shouldn’t be forgotten.
1. Dr. Ameyo Adedevoh:
A medical doctor by profession, she is known to stop the wider spread of the deadly Ebola virus by placing her patient Patrick Sawyer in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian government to release him. She resisted the pressure saying, “for the greater public good” hence refusing to release the Ebola patient. She helped prevent the virus from spreading all across Nigeria. Unfortunately, on August the 4th 2014, she tested positive to the virus and treatment started immediately. However she died on 19th August 2014. Her legacy lives on.
2. Joseph Blankson:
In 2018, a boat had an accident and capsized in Rivers state Nigeria. Without thinking twice, a young man jumped into the water to rescue those who had fallen overboard. That man was Blankson! Singlehandedly, he pulled out 13 people out of the river. The father of two eventually got tired and while saving the 14th person, and he drowned. He was the only casualty. He will never be forgotten.
3. Rashidi Yekini:
The legendary Nigerian footballer is known to be the first Nigerian ever to score in a world cup match. He pioneered this, back in 1994 when Nigeria first qualified for World cup. His professional career as a footballer spanned two decades; playing in various local and International leagues. He died in 2012, with reports of depression, bipolar disorder and psychiatric condition. However, the Nigerian government is yet to immortalize his legacy as a pioneer achiever in Nigerian football.
4. George Yemi Iwilade:
Having the guts to challenge evil, sometimes comes with a high price. George Iwilade popularly known by students as “Afrika” was the Student’s Union Government Secretary General who on March 7th 1999 led some members of the Student’s Union (SUG) to a hostel quarters in school after learning that secret cult members were gathered there. They found nine students of which eight of them were students of the school, (Obafemi Awolowo University) a submachine gun, a locally manufactured gun, a bayonet, black clothing and regalia of the cult. The cultists were handed over to the police and proceedings began against them but in a surprise twist, they were granted bail two weeks later. On the early hours of the morning of 10th July 1999, a large number of cultists numbering 22 and 40 stormed the university hostels with the sole aim of assassinating several prominent members of the student union. Upon entering George’s room, they shouted his name “Afrika” and shot him immediately in the head and smashed his head with their axe to make sure he was dead. He was the only victim of the SUG which the cultists initially targeted. Others who also died were Eviano Ekelemu, Yemi Ajiteru, Babtunde Oke, and Ekpede Godfery. The SUG President luckily jumped through the window when he heard gunshots and escaped unharmed. For standing for truth and trying to eradicate cultism, George Iwilade lost his life but his legacy lives on.
5. Ken Saro Wiwa:
Ken Saro Wiwa hailed from Ogoniland in the Niger Delta where crude oil was in abundance. Due to the high demand for crude oil and crude oil extraction, Ogoniland suffered extreme environmental degradation which Ken Saro Wiwa spoke about and led series of non-violent protests against the Nigerian Government pleading with them to clean up their land, which suffered with crops not growing any longer. On 21st May 1994, four Ogoni chiefs were brutally murdered. Saro-Wiwa had been denied entry into Ogoniland on the day of the murders, but he was arrested and accused of incitement to them. He denied the charges but was imprisoned for up to a year before being found guilty and sentenced to death by a specially convened military tribunal approved by the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha. His execution provoked International outrage and resulted in Nigeria’s suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three years. Sad!
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