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Nigeria’s Independence Day 2015 today Thursday, October 1, which marks the 55th Independence Day of the country, has been denoted by Google Doodle on the homepage of Google. The search engine giant depicts an image of a white and green colour eagle flying over an image that depicts river Niger and river Benue and the confluence where the two rivers meet.

Nigeria ColoNigeria's Independencenization lasted until 1960 when an independence movement succeeded in gaining Nigeria’s independence from the British coloniser.

The independence movement were led by Herbert Macaulay, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Anthony Enahoro, Ahamadu Bello and others.

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The Federation of Nigeria was granted full independence on 1 October 1960 under a constitution that provided for a parliamentary government and a substantial measure of self-government for the country’s three regions. From 1959 to 1960, Jaja Wachuku was the First Nigerian Speaker of the Nigerian Parliament – also called the “House of Representatives.” Jaja Wachuku replaced Sir Frederick Metcalfe of Britain. Notably, as First Speaker of the House, Jaja Wachuku received Nigeria’s Instrument of Independence – also known as Freedom Charter – on 1 October 1960, from Princess Alexandra of Kent, The Queen’s representative at the Nigerian independence ceremonies. Azikiwe became the first President of Nigeria.

Happy Independence Nigeria!

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