(1949) Nnamdi Azikiwe Speaks at a Rally for Nigerian Independence at Trafalgar Square, London
1 January 1949
In 1949 it was far from clear as to whether or when Great Britain would grant independence to Nigeria. Nonetheless 45 year old Nnamdi Azikiwe had already emerged as one of the leaders in the Nigerian independence campaign. He and other Nigerian nationalists took that campaign to the heart of the capital of the British Empire, Trafalgar Square in London. On December 4, 1949 he delivered a call for independence before a political rally sponsored by the West African Students Union of Great Britain and Ireland to protest the shooting of 21 striking Nigerian coal miners in Enugu by colonial police on November 18, 1949.