Federation of Nigeria

The Federation of Nigeria was a predecessor to modern-day Nigeria from 1954 to 1963. It was an autonomous region until independence on 1 October 1960.

British rule of Colonial Nigeria ended in 1960, when the Nigeria Independence Act 1960[2] made th federation an independent sovereign state. The British monarch, Elizabeth II, remained head of state as the Queen of Nigeria as well as Queen of the United Kingdom and other independent states. Her constitutional roles in Nigeria were delegated to the Governor-General of Nigeria. Two people held the office of governor-general:

  1. Sir James Wilson Robertson October 1960 - 16 November 1960
  2. Nnamdi Azikiwe 16 November 1960 – 1 October 1963

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa held office as prime minister (and head of government).

The Federal Republic of Nigeria came into existence on 1 October 1963.[3] The monarchy was abolished and Nigeria became a republic within the Commonwealth. Following the abolition of the monarchy, former Governor-General Nnamdi Azikiwe became President of Nigeria.

Elizabeth II visited Nigeria:

  • 1956 (28 January–16 February)
  • 2003 (3–6 December)
Federation of Nigeria

Motto: "Unity and Faith"
Location of Nigeria
Governmentconstitutional monarchy from 1960
• 1954–1963
Elizabeth II
• 1955-1960
Sir James Wilson Robertson
• 1960–1963
Nnamdi Azikiwe
Prime Minister 
• 1960–1963
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
• Upper house
• Lower house
House of Representatives
Historical eraCold War
• Independence
1 October 1960
• Republic
1 October 1963
923,768 km2 (356,669 sq mi)
CurrencyNigerian pound
ISO 3166 codeNG
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria

See also


  1. ^ "The Constitution of the Federation of Nigeria (1960)" (PDF). Worldstatemen.org. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  2. ^ Nigeria Independence Act 1960, 8 & 9 Eliz. 2 c.55
  3. ^ Nigeria Republic Act 1963, c. 57

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African Handball Confederation

The African Handball Confederation, (acronym CAHB) referring to a (French: Confédération Africaine de Handball), is the administrative and controlling body for African team handball. Founded on 15 January 1973 after the 2nd All-Africa Games in Lagos (Nigeria), it represents the national handball associations of Africa under the supervision of the International Handball Federation (IHF).

The CAHB headquarters is located in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Its current President is the Dr. Mansourou Aremou from Benin. The motto of the organisation is Let's build African Handball together.

Athletics Federation of Nigeria

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria is the governing body for the sport of athletics in Nigeria. It is a member of the Confederation of African Athletics and the International Association of Athletics Federations.

It was founded as the Central Committee of the Amateur Athletic Association of Nigeria in 1944.

The AFN is headquartered at the Nigeria National Stadium in Garki, Abuja.It organizes the annual AFN Golden League competition which is a domestic competition with a similar format to the now defunct IAAF Golden League.

Its president has been Chief Solomon Ogba since 2009.

Badminton Federation of Nigeria

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria is the national governing body that oversees and manages affairs related to the sport of badminton in Nigeria. The body is affiliated to the Badminton Confederation of AfricaIt controls all badminton related activities across Nigeria.

Colonial Nigeria

Colonial Nigeria was the area of West Africa that later evolved into modern-day Nigeria, during the time of British rule in the 19th and 20th centuries. British influence in the region began with the prohibition of slave trade to British subjects in 1807. Britain annexed Lagos in 1861 and established the Oil River Protectorate in 1884. British influence in the Niger area increased gradually over the 19th century, but Britain did not effectively occupy the area until 1885. Other European powers acknowledged Britain's dominance over the area in the 1885 Berlin Conference.

From 1886 to 1899, much of the country was ruled by the Royal Niger Company, authorised by charter, and governed by George Taubman Goldie. In 1900, the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate passed from company hands to the Crown. At the urging of Governor Frederick Lugard, the two territories were amalgamated as the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, while maintaining considerable regional autonomy among the three major regions. Progressive constitutions after World War II provided for increasing representation and electoral government by Nigerians. The colonial period proper in Nigeria lasted from 1900 to 1960, after which Nigeria gained its independence.

Confederation of African Athletics

The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) (also known by its French name Confédération Africaine d'Athlétisme) is the continental association for the sport of athletics in Africa. It is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It organises the African Championships in Athletics and other continental competitions. The body's president is Hamad Kalkaba Malboum of Cameroon.

Cycling Federation of Nigeria

The Cycling Federation of Nigeria or CFN was established in 1972 as the national governing body of cycle racing in Nigeria. It is a member of the International Cycling Union and African Cycling Federation.Cycling Federation of Nigeria is the body empowered by the Federal Government of Nigeria to govern and promote Cycling sport in Nigeria. Cycling as an organized sporting activity started back in Nigeria since 1972 and has grown over the years to a popular promotional and award-winning sport. Meanwhile, all the Cycling Associations in Nigeria are affiliated to the Cycling Federation of Nigeria.

Cycling is one of the oldest sporting events in Nigeria. Before then, the sport was for leisure, recreation and to keep fit (physical fitness). The national governing body was made up of members nominated and approved from parts of the regions. Cycling is one of the most expensive sports due to cost of equipment and parts which are imported from developed and industrialized countries like Europe, America and Asia. The cost effect, make it difficult for many people or clubs to be involved or procure the special bicycle and outfits.

In the early 70s, the governing body of the sport was known as Nigeria Amateur Cycling Association. This body over ruled and regulated other bodies formed in then four (4) regions in Nigeria namely: Northern, Western, Mid Western and Eastern regions. It was introduced into the country as far back as the early days of colonialism. The ownership and use of bicycle by some privileged African then was indeed a mark of arrival. It was prestigious to own a bicycle in those days.

The first coaching course took place in Kaduna at the Northern part of Nigeria. The second was at Ibadan, and then the third was at the University of Ife, from 19 August to September, 1976. Cycling competition was first organized in Nigeria on 18 – 24 November 1973.

The first Cycling Club in Nigeria known as “ Armstong Cycling Club” was formed in Lagos in 1956 with Pa Sobayo as the founder and first Chairman. Other prominent members of the club then were Rev. Father Slattery, Chief Kunle Oyero and Prince T. O. Alade. A reliable source has it that the first President of Nigeria Hon. Nnamdi Azikwe was the patron of the Club. In 1962, a group of enthusiastic young men, like J. J Umoh, S. S Bassey, O. O Adeke and U. U Samuel joined the club as cyclists.

The first know modern cycling race in Nigeria was organized by “Raleigh” and it was held in Lagos in 1962. The race was won by of the pioneer cyclist J. J Umoh, information has it that the race was a distance of 20 miles.

After the creation of States from the then four regions, each State formed their Cycling Associations known as State Amateur Cycling Association. This body became the governing board to oversee the development of cycling. The state associations are overruled by the Nigeria Amateur cycling Association, which became known as Cycling Federation of Nigeria today.

Nigeria Cycling participated for the first time in the African Continental Championship that was held in Sharm-El-Sheik in Egypt in 2013 and won a Silver medal in the Elite Women Team Time Trial.

Federation of Nigeria Official Gazette

Federation of Nigeria Official Gazette was the government gazette for the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria (1954 to 1960) and of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the first three years of its existence (1960-63). It was published at Lagos.It replaced The Nigeria Gazette and was continued by the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette.

Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria

The Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria is the overall governing body of the sports of gymnastics in Nigeria. Established in 1975, the body is affiliated to the International Federation of Gymnastics with the mission of “an all round development of gymnastics in Nigeria and beyond”.

Karate Federation of Nigeria

Karate Federation of Nigeria it is the largest association for karate in Nigeria and a member as well as the official representative for this sport in the Nigeria Olympic Committee.

Lagos International

The Lagos International also known as Lagos International Badminton Classics is an annual open international badminton tournament held in Lagos, Nigeria. This tournament established since 2014, organized by the Lagos State Badminton Association (LSBA) and Badminton Federation of Nigeria. The tournament sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA), and has grade as BWF International Challenge level with the total prize money $15,000. The classics is expected to help Nigerian players to improve their world ranking as well as play against some of the top rated players in the world, and it is also an opportunity to showcase the positive side of Lagos and Nigeria. It is also an intervention programme of the Lagos State Government, it is a series of international open sporting events geared towards attracting the best continental and global sports talents to the shores of the region. The Lagos State Government believes that the tournament is part of series of international sports events that will bring world stars to the state.The first tournament was held at Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, in Yaba, Lagos, and categorized as BWF International Challenge with the total prize money $15.000. A total 162 athletes from 15 countries drawn at the competition. The winners of the first edition were Misha Zilberman of Israel and Jeanine Cicognini of Italy in the men's and women's singles; Andries Malan and Willem Viljoen of South Africa in the men's doubles; then the host country pairs won the women's and mixed doubles, represented by Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan/Maria Braimoh, and Enejoh Abah/Tosin Damilola Atolagbe.The second edition was held from 15 to 18 July 2015, attracted at least 28 countries, and the host country represented by 80 players. The Vice-President of Nigeria Badminton Federation who also doubles as Chairman LSBA, Francis Orbih, said that this tournament is an initiative borne out of the need to create an international competition for home grown talents who don’t participate in international tournaments. Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, gave the commitment at the finals and closing ceremony will continue to sponsor this tournament. At the end of the tournament, India clinched three title in the men's singles, men's and women's doubles, Czech Republic won the women's singles, and Poland in the mixed doubles.In 2016, This tournament failed to hold due to the economic recession facing the country. The third edition then held between 25 and 29 July 2017, at the Molada Okoya Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere. The prize money has increased to $20,000, and attracted 75 men's and 36 women's athletes.

Lindsay Lindley

Lindsay Lindley (born 10 June 1989) is an American-born Nigerian sprinter who specializes in the 100m hurdles. She represented Nigeria at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics after she was selected by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. In 2015, she claimed bronze in the 100 metres hurdles event at the 2015 All-Africa Games.

List of Nigerian records in athletics

The following are the national records in athletics in Nigeria maintained by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

List of governors and governors-general of Nigeria

This page contains a list of Governors and Governors-General of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, and later of the Federation of Nigeria; both as a British overseas possession and an independent monarchy.

Nigeria at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics

Nigeria competed at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics from August 27 to September 4 in Daegu, South Korea.

Oladapo Afolabi

Professor Oladapo Afolabi CFR, (born 3 October 1953) is a former academic who was sworn in as Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan on 18 November 2010. In this position, he is responsible for the Nigerian Civil Service.

Otonye Iworima

Otonye Iworima (born 13 April 1976) is a Nigerian triple jumper.

In 2006, she finished second at the Commonwealth Games and third at the African Championships. For these achievements the Athletics Federation of Nigeria chose her as the Nigerian Female Athlete of the Year. In 2007, she won another bronze medal, at the All-Africa Games.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 160

United Nations Security Council Resolution 160, adopted on October 7, 1960, after examining the application of the Federation of Nigeria for membership in the United Nations the Council recommended to the General Assembly that the Federation of Nigeria be admitted.

The resolution was adopted unanimously by all 11 members of the Council.

Vivian Chukwuemeka

Vivian Chukwuemeka (born May 4, 1975) is a Nigerian shot putter and two-time Olympian. She won the gold medal in the shot put at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has won three consecutive titles at the All-Africa Games from 1999 to 2007. She was the African Champion in the event in 2002, 2006 and 2008. She also competes in discus throw and hammer throw, but not on world level.

Her personal best throw is 18.43 metres, achieved in April 2003 in Walnut. This is the African record.She competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the World Championships in 2003 and 2005 without reaching the finals. She won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Social Work.

She received a two-year ban from athletics for a failed drug test at the 2009 Nigerian Championships. Chukwuemeka had an intense stand-off with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. Her "B" sample had several clerical errors, including inconsistencies in bottle numbers and the meeting at which the sample was taken, and she was refused permission to have a representative present at the second testing in South Africa. She accused Nigerian doping officers of corruption and sexual harassment, as well as accusing the federation president Solomon Ogba of coercing Amaka Ogoegbunam to implicate her in drug distribution. Her claims were dismissed by the appeals panel and her two-year ban from the IAAF remained.Chukwuemeka returned to competition in 2012 and failed a second drugs test - for the anabolic steroid stanozolol - shortly before the Olympic Games. Subsequently, she was given a lifetime ban from competition.

Yusuf Alli

Yusuf Alli (born 28 July 1960 in Lagos) is a retired Nigerian long jumper, and three-time Olympian. He is best known for his gold medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

His personal best is 8.27 metres, achieved at the 1989 African Championships in Athletics in Lagos. This is the Nigerian record. [1] also 8.39 at the commonwealth games (1990). He jumped in college for the University of Missouri where he still holds the school records for the long jump - both indoor and outdoor (set in 1984 and 1983 respectively).

2nd world cup in athletics 1989 Barcelona Spain

African captain

longest Nigeria captain

technical director athletic federation of Nigeria

manager COJA committee for 8th All African games


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