Herbert Macaulay (14 November 1864 – 7 May 1946) is Considered as the founder of Nigerian nationalism. Here are some interesting facts you probably never knew about this our founding father.
- His full names are – Olayinka Herbert Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay
- His father, Thomas Babington Macaulay was the founder and first principal of the Church Missionary Society Grammar School in Lagos
- His mother, Abigail Crowther was a brilliant trader, businesswoman and the second daughter of the Reverend Samuel Ajayi Crowther – The first African bishop you probably read about in social studies
- He was the first registered student of West Africa’s oldest University, Fourah Bay College.
- He was a jack of all trades – nationalist, politician, engineer, architect, journalist, and musician, etc
- In 1922, he helped a Lagos chief in his legal battle with the colonial government who had forcefully taken some of his land for government purposes. The highest court in England heard the case and returned the land to the chief.
- On June 24, 1923, founded the Nigeria National Democratic Party (NNDP), the first Nigerian political party. The NNDP won all the seats in the elections of 1923, 1928 and 1933.
- In the 1930s, Macaulay took part in organizing Nigerian nationalist militant attacks on the British colonial government in Nigeria.
- He was the Great grand father of Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, a doctor and a nationalist who actively prevented the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. She died a hero and in service to her country.
- Jailed twice by the colonial masters.
- Herbert Macauley did not live to see the attainment of independence in 1960
- Herbert Macaulay found relaxation and great happiness in music.His home, Kirsten Hall, Balbina Street off Broad Street, Lagos hosted regular musical evening sessions with him displaying his skills with the violin before the dark-skinned and the white-skinned audience who came to watch him play.
His Legacy lives on because he contributed his quota to #MoveNaija
What are you doing to #MoveNaija?