Azikiwe is a man of figure for Nigeria. He came from Ibo tribe and played a significant part in promoting its independence. He was born in 1904 and spent his early years of life in Zungeru. Later on he moved to Calabar and Lagos, where he went on with education. After graduating from the Lagos Methodist School, Azikiwe moved to USA. There Nnamdi got several master degrees from Howard and Lincoln Universities. The first one was in Religion and the second one in Anthropology.
His next stop in life was Ghana. He moved there from the United States to work in the local newspaper. It was called the African Morning Post. He has taken a stand for national dignity and freedom. Eventually he even mentored future Ghana president Kwame Nkrumah. His return to Nigeria took place in 1937.
Back at that time Azikiwe founded several politically oriented newspapers and joined Nigerian Youth Movement. Seven years later he has founded NCNC (National Council of Nigeria and Cameroons). This Council has become widely popular with this native Ibo tribe. The first election he won was to the Nigerian Legislative Council. Later on he became the Eastern region premier and occupied that position for 5 years (1954-1959).
Right before the independence of Nigeria Nnamdi Azikiwe participated in the elections of 1959. In 1960 he took the position of Governor General and eventually in 1963 became the first president of independent Nigeria. He held this position for three years and then got removed from power through a military coup.
In the late 60ss he was actively supporting nascent republic. However, when he realized that this war cannot be won, he turned back to supporting Nigeria. Two more times he attempted to become the president (in 1978 and 1983), but failed. The coup of 1983 made him quit the career in politics. Still, before that in 1980 Nigeria honored its first president by titling him the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic. Nnamdi Azikiwe passed away in 1996 at the age of 92.
His legacy might be somewhat controversial. However, his high level of education and strife for independence set great example for people in his country. Today you can find Nnamdi Azikiwe University called after his name. It is located in Anambra, Nigeria. It carries knowledge and high ideals to the young generation of Nigerians. So, the name of the first Nigeria president still stands for culture, education and honor.