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Bowers Tower: A Historical Monument in Ibadan, Southwestern Nigeria

The Bower’s Tower is an historic monument put up to honour Captain Robert Lister Bower in 1936 – he was the first British Resident in Ibadan, and appointed by the British government to administer the ancient city, which he did between 1893 and 1897. The Bower’s Tower was designed by Taffy Jones, the engineer that […]

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THE HISTORY OF ANAMBRA STATE

Anambra is a state in southeastern Nigeria . Its name is an anglicized version of the original Oma Mbala , the Igbo name of the Anambra River . The capital and seat of government is Awka . Onitsha , a historic port city from pre-colonial times, has developed as by far the largest urban area […]

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Willi Paul Herold: ‘Executioner of Emsland’,

94 years ago in 1925, the largely forgotten and obscure war criminal, Willi Paul Herold, was born. Known as the ‘Executioner of Emsland’, Herold is best known for the atrocities he committed at the end of the Second World War, whilst falsely posing as a Luftwaffe officer. Childood Born in Lunzenau, Saxony, not far from […]

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Top British names for girls or boys and its meanings

The name of your child can define his or her entire life, so it should always be chosen wisely. British names have a special charm and classy vibe, which is why so many people turn their attention to them. Check out some of the most beautiful British baby names and choose the one that appeals […]

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The untold story of Bashorun Gaa- The tyrant

Preamble the story of Bashorun Gaa ofthe old Oyo Kingdom is not a new story; However for the sake ofthose that are not familiar with the story, I shallbriefly tell it. Bashorun Gaa of sad memory was the head of‘Oyomesi’, the legislative arm of the kingdom, buthe was so extra-ordinarily powerful withsupernatural powers of fetish. […]

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The history of the formation of “CIA” (Central Intelligence Agency)

Preamble Well the precursor to the CIA was theOffice of Strategic Services (OSS). TheOSS was formed during World WarTwo at the behest of US PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt. Rooseveltwanted the OSS to be setup becauseBritish advisers to Roosevelt suggestedthat the US ought to establish its ownforeign intelligence agency so thatthey could gain intelligence useful fortheir troops […]

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Mankind’s oldest ancestor revealed as 3.8million-year-old primate skull dug up

The face of our oldest direct ancestor – who roamed the Earth 3.8 million years ago – has been uncovered. Scientists have dug up a skull of an ape-like early human, or hominid, a member of a species known as Australopithecus anamensis. The almost complete skull, described in the journal Nature and named MRD, belonged […]

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MERMAIDS ~ THE NYMPHS OF THE SEA

The ancient Greek Mermaids are a type of seanymphs and are regarded as minor goddesses ofthe sea and oceans. HABITATION They prefer to inhabit salt-water environments including lagoons, rather thanfreshwater lakes or streams.In Greek ReligionThey are believed to be the Oceanides who wereborn to Titan god Oceanus, the eldest son of Gaiaand Uranus, by his […]

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The Execution of Sir William Wallace,

713 years ago today in 1305 A.D, the ScottishKnight and former Guardian of Scotland, Sir WilliamWallace, was arrested at Robroyston outsideGlasgow by English troops after being turned overby the Sheriff of Dumbarton, the Scottish knightJohn de Menteith who subsequently became knownas Mentieth the treacherous. Wallace was thereaftertaken south to London and tried for treason inWestminster […]

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The Battle of Bannockburn

705 years ago today in 1314 A.D., the armies of Robert the Bruce King of Scots and King Edward II of England crashed upon each other in a storm of blood and steel at the infamous Battle of Bannockburn (modern depiction of the Bruce at the frontlines by Andrew Hillhouse pictured). Though the Scottish victory […]

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The Battle of Faughart

700 years ago today in 1318 A.D., in an age ofgreat famine and pestilence, on the edge of theknown world in Ireland, Edward Bruce, claimant tothe throne of Ireland and brother of the betterremembered King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, methis doom at the Battle of Faughart in county Louth,outside Dundalk, by Hiberno-Norman forces led […]

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The Battle of the Masurian Lakes.

104 years ago today in 1915, in the middle of ahowling winter snowstorm that sliced through thebones of man and beast alike, General Paul vonHindenburg, gave the order for the German EighthArmy to attack the Russian tenth army, thusbeginning the harrowing Winter Battle of theMasurian Lakes. It would be a full fortnight beforethe battle was […]

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The story of Sir James ‘The Great’ Douglas, a.k.a “The Black Douglas

689 years ago today in 1330 A.D., sixteen yearsafter glory was won on the field of Bannockburn, onthe distant field of Teba in Spain, Sir James ‘TheGood’ Douglas, also known as ‘The Black Douglas’,was slain with a sword in his hand as he took onmanifold Granadan adversaries. A firm friend andcomrade of Robert the Bruce, […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Italian aristocrat, sailor and Fascist hardliner, Junio Valerio Borghese,

45 years ago today in 1974 A.D., the now largelyforgotten Italian aristocrat, sailor and Fascisthardliner, Junio Valerio Borghese, also known by hisnickname as ‘The Black Prince’, died undersuspicious circumstances in Cadiz, Francoist Spain. A brilliant naval commander during the war,Borghese is considered one of Italy’s few warheroes from the Second World War. His reputationas a […]