#1:. Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello
Sir Ahmadu Bello was born on 12th June, 1910 in Rabbah Sokoto. Considered as one of the most prominent leaders in early Nigeria, he went into politics back in 1934 and in 1954 became the first premier of the Northern Nigeria region. He alongside Abubakar Tafawa Balewa took active roles in the struggle for an independent Nigeria.
He is commended for his efforts to modernize and unify the different tribes of northern Nigeria. On 15th January 1966, he was assassinated in a coup that toppled Nigeria’s post-independence government.The Ahmadu Bello University is named after him and his photo adorns Nigeria’s 200 naira.
#2:. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti
Born on 25 October 1900 in Abeokuta, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti stood out among women of her time as a prominent leader. She was a women’s right activist who fought against the military government over unjust practices and abuse of human rights. She was also the mother Fela Anikulapo Kuti one of the greatest musicians to have come out of Nigeria. Her political activism led her to be regarded as “The Mother of Africa.”
She was one of the women elected to the native House of Chiefs, serving as an Oloye of the Yoruba people. She was also a ranking member of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroon as well as the first Nigerian lady to drive in Nigeria. She died from injuries sustained when she was thrown from a third-floor window in her son’s compound. The federal government sought to immortalize her on the then proposed N5,000 note.