10 special things about Nigeria’s first acclaimed nationalist, Herbert Macaulay

  1. His full name was Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay
  2. He was born in 1861, the year Lagos was ceded to Queen Victoria
  3. He was the grandson of Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first Anglican Bishop of West Africa
  4. He was educated in England as a civil engineer but abandoned engineering for politics and journalism
  5. He was popularly called “HM” and the “Wizard of Kirsten Hall”
  6. His library contained old books, documents and records, some of which belonged to his grandfather, Bishop Ajayi Crowther
  7. He learned to play the violin in England, and took part in public concerts
  8. He served terms of imprisonment for sedition
  9. His eldest son, Frank, died in the mid-thirties
  10. He was the first president of the NCNC (National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons)
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