4 Roads in Yaba and Famous Nigerians They Were Named After

Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba

Herbert Samuel Macaulay was born on 14 November 1864.

He was a Nigerian nationalist, politician, engineer, architect, journalist, and musician. Many Nigerians also considered him as the founder of Nigerian nationalism. He was one of the first leaders of the Nigerian opposition to British colonial rule.

In 1944 Macaulay co-founded the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) together with Nnamdi Azikiwe and became its president. The NCNC was a patriotic organization designed to bring together Nigerians of all stripes to demand independence.

In 1946 Macaulay fell ill in Kano and later died in Lagos. He died on the 7 May 1946. He was the founder of Nigerian nationalism.

The popular Herbert Macaulay Way in Yaba was named after him.

Murtala Muhammed Way

Murtala Mohammed was born on November 8, 1938 in Kano to a Fulani ruling class family.

Mohammed was educated at Cikin Gida Elementary School which was within the grounds of the emir’s palace, he then transferred to Gidan Makama primary school in Kano which was just outside the palace. He then proceeded to Kano Middle School (now Rumfa College) in 1949, before attending the famous Government College (now Barewa College) in Zaria, where he obtained his school certificate in 1957. In 1957, he obtained a school leaving certificate and applied to join the Nigerian Army later in the year.

Murtala Muhammed initiated a comprehensive review of the Third National Development Plan. Singling out inflation as the greatest danger to the economy, he was determined to reduce government spending on public sector development projects.

He was assassinated On Friday 13 February 1976, in his Mercedes Benz car.

Ahmadu Bello Road

Bello was born in Rabah c. 1909 to the family of Mallam Ibrahim Bello. His father held the title of Sarkin Rabah. He is a descendant of Uthman dan Fodio founder of the Sokoto Caliphate.

He received Islamic education at home, where he learnt the Qur’an. He later attended Sokoto Provincial School and the Katsina Training College (now Barewa College). During his school days, he was known as Ahmadu Rabah. He finished school in 1931 and subsequently became the English master teacher in Sokoto Middle School.

In the 1940s, he joined Jamiyya Mutanen Arewa which would later become the Northern People’s Congress (NPC) in 1951. In 1948, he travelled to England on a government scholarship to study Local Government Administration, which broadened his understanding and knowledge of governance.

He was serving as Premier of Northern Region before his assassination in the first Nigerian coup on 15 January 1966.

Pearse Street

Samuel Herbert Pearse, born November 20, 1865, was a pioneer Nigerian shipper and produce exporter of Sierra Leonean and Egba heritage. He established the first hotel in Lagos in 1907. He was also a member and secretary of the Lagos branch of the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society.

He attended C.M.S. Grammar School, Lagos for secondary education and started work as an apprentice in 1883. Pearse soon started his own trading account in Calabar and Lagos and became an agent for the African and Gold Coast Trading Company. He later delved into the rubber business in Benin and focused more on importing goods.

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