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07.11.2013 Feature Article

Of India And Nigeria: Pandit Nehru And Adesoji Aderemi

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Pandit Nehru was born on November 14 1889 and Sir Adesoji Aderemi, November November 15 1889

Nehru was first Prime Minister of India with Political Capital in New Delhi. whereas Sir Aderemi was Ooni of Ife and first African Governor .He was Governor of Western Region.

Nehru"s Daughter, Indira Gandhi was first Woman Prime Minister of India and Sir Aderemi"s daughte,r Tejumade Alakija was first female head of Service in Africa

Nehru and Sir Aderemi both fought for the Independence of their respective countries

There are other strange developments between India and Nigeria especially as it concerns Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Hindu nationalist, and Bola Ige (1930-2001), Yoruba nationalist.

Gandhi and Ige both studied Law at the University College London. Gandhi and Ige were both imprisoned for their struggles on the democratic front. Gandhi and Ige have both been described as having caustic tongues. Gandhi was a mystic and relatedly Bola Ige a Rosicrucian.

Gandhi and Ige were both assassinated in their 70s – Gandhi in New Delhi, the political capital of India, and Bola Ige in Ibadan, the political capital of the Yoruba nation.

Gandhi had as his right hand man, Pandit Nehru. Twenty years younger than Gandhi, Nehru studied Geology, Physics, Chemistry and Botany and eventually Law.

Comparably Ige had as his special assistant, Olu Agunloye; 18 years younger than Ige, he studied Geo Physics.

Nehru was Prime Minister and Agunloye Power Minister

Nerhru set up the Indian Intitutes of Technology. Agunloye studied at the Massachussets Institute of Technolo gy

Bola Ige is particularly interesting for the passion he showed for India, Gandhi and Nehru. In his autobiography, Kaduna Boy, he revealed that the first country he visited outside Nigeria was India. He also disclosed that he had read virtually everything Gandhi and Nehru ever wrote.

Ige equally informed that when Nehru became Prime Minister in 1947, he was as happy as if he were an Indian and when Gandhi was assassinated in 1948 he had “three days of excruciating mental agony and moodiness.”

India is the world's largest democracy and Nigeria the largest democracy in Africa. India and Nigeria both have histories of slavery, colonialism by the British, ethno-religious conflicts, nepotism in politics and crippling corruption.

Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth
Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth, © 2013

The author has 52 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: AugustineTogonuBickersteth

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