Some notable dates for holidays to remember in Nigeria

The former name for Nigeria before the independence was the Royal Niger Company Territories. It does not sound like a country name at all, right? In this article, I will show with you some notable dates in Nigeria which are very important for every Nigerian to remember.

Meanwhile, the name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined on January 8, 1897, by a female British journalist, Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Lugard, a British colonial administrator.

Some notable dates in Nigeria that we are going to discuss right here in this post today cover political dates, notable things that had happened in Nigeria, holiday or dates of observances, for example, religious celebration days and lots more. Please continue reading for every important information about notable dates in Nigeria and remember to write down some places in your hand book if it is needed!

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While we are researching every day to update the notable dates in Nigeria, some of the information we provide may not complete, hence, if you observe any mistake, please let us know.

Recently, one notable dates which every body in Nigeria can never forget is the event of End SARS protest which took place on 8th October 2020.

The EndSARS protest in Ogbomosho, Oyo State turned violent on October 8th, 2020 as Nigerian Police officers were alleged to have injured seven protesters and shot one young man known as Jimoh Isiaka to dead during the protest.

Meanwhile, some political leaders and traditional rulers of Nigeria used the Nigerian Police officers and other security agencies to forcefully send back protesters while killing and harming them.

Now, let’s start looking at the other notable and important dates from decades till date (2021) in Nigeria to remember. Are you with us? ..Ohh, yes, you are with us!

List of some notable and important dates in Nigeria to remember

Nigeria as the largest country in African continent, a lot of different occasions and events have happened and taken place in it.

Sometimes, the events may be friendly, for example, the establishment of NYSC in 1973 is a friendly event or establishment that had taken place in Nigeria while sometimes, some events may be unfriendly, for example, Sosoliso plane had crashed in Port-Harcourt and claimed different lives, indeed, that is a terrible news.

Now, some notable events and occasions that are important for all concerned persons in Nigeria to always know their dates and remember are discussed below step by step:

1Nigeria Police Force went on strike for the first time2nd Feb. 2002
2Completion of Lagos-Ibadan Railway line (123 miles)1901
3First government primary school was established at Badagry, Lagos1899
4Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, FCT moved from Calabar to Lagos 1906
5Herbert Macaulay established first political party (NNPC) in Nigeria1922
6Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN was established1958
7Nigeria gained independence1st Oct. 1960
8Ray power started broadcasting service in NigeriaSep. 1st 1994
9Kudirat Abiola was killed by assasinsJune 4th 1996
10Nigera changed from left drive to right drive1972
11Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria moved from Lagos to Abuja1991
12Nigeria qualified for the world cup for the first time1993
13The presidential election between MKO Abiola and Tofa was cancelled by BabangidaJune 23rd 1993
14MKO Abiola was arrested and detainedJune 23rd 1994
15Gen. Sani Abacha died in ASO rock, FCT, AbujaJune 8th 1998
16Republic of Biafra was proclaimedMay 30th 1967
17Ikeja bomb explosion occurred27th Jan. 2002
18Nigeria won Olympic male soccer gold medal participated in Atlanta, USA1996
19Saro Wiwa and eight other people were hanged by Sani Abach governmentNov. 10th 1995
20Uniform of Nigeria Police Force was changed to black1988
21Paper money (currency) became a legal tender in Nigeria1918
22First Hospital in Nigeria, Sacred Heart Hospital, was built at Abeokuta1895
23Rev. Samuel Ajayi Crowther ordained the first Bishop in Africa1861
24Grammar School Lagos, the first secondary school in Nigeria was established1859
25Fulani Jiha was launched by Usman Danfodio1802
26Aeroplane landed in Kano, Nigeria for the first time1925
27Nigeria became a Republic 1961
28NYSC was established1973
29The name ”Nigeria” was given by Lady Lord Lugard1898
30Dimka led abortive coup which Gen. Murtala Mohammed was assassinatedFeb. 13th 1976
31Bellview plane crashed in Ogun state222nd Oct. 2005
32Gen. Philip Effiong announced Biafra’s surrenderJan. 12th 1970
33New currency was introducedJan. 27th 1968
34Gen. Buhari overthrown Shagari’s government31st Dec. 1983
35Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, Former First lady died after surgery in SpainOct. 23rd 2005
36Afikpo was captured by Nigeria SoldiersApril 1968
371000 and above Ibos were massacred in Asaba by Nigerian troopsOct. 13th 1967
38Nigerian Tribun newspaper was founded by Chief Awolowo1949
39Apapa wharf was officially opened1920
40Miss Agbani Darego became the first person to win Miss world in the whole Africa17th Nov. 2001
41Dele Giwa was killed by letter bomb19th Oct. 1986
42Nigeria won Africa cup of nation in Tunisia1994
43Society for the abolition of slave trade was established1777
44MKO Abiola died in detentionJuly 1998
45First television station in Nigeria, WMTV, which is now NTA, was launched in Ibadan, Oyo state1959
46The new N100 notes was introducedDec. 1999
47Nigeria won Africa cup of nation in Nigeria1980
48The new N200 notes was introduced Dec. 2000
49Nigeria won u-17 junior world cup in China1985
50Presidential election between Abiola and TofaJune 12th 1993
51Nigeria won u-17 junior world cup in Korea2007
52Northern and Southern pattern of Nigeria were amalgamated1914
53Nigeria won u-17 junior world cup in Japan1993
54Islamic religion started in northern Nigeria1777
55Arabic schools were established in northern Nigeria, Sokoto, Kano and Kaduna1450
56Benin Kingdom was established by Portuguese1472
57First Islamic school started in Borno state100AD
58Methodist Church was established at Badagry, Lagos state1942
59Rev. Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther died 1891
60First newspaper in Nigeria, Iwe Iloyin, was published1860
61Completion of first motor road in Nigeria, from Ibadan to Oyo1905
62The new N500 note was introduced Dec. 2001
63MKO Abiola declared himself as President of Federal Republic of NigeriaJune 23rd 1994
64Biafran war captured oreAugust 20th 1967
65Temitope Balogun Joshua (TB Joshua) died5th June 2021
67EndSARS protest event occurred8th October 2020.
68Corona Virus started in Nigeria27th of February 2020
69Former governor, Prince Abubakar Audu died after Kogi state election
70President Muhammadu Buhari said ”I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody29th May 2015

Above table was purposely created to show you some notable and important dates in Nigeria which everybody should remember . I hope it is helpful? Please share it with your friends if yes.

In addition, please read the following as below are the notable and important dates of some holiday seasons or day of observances which are important to remember in Nigeria.

Notable public holidays and some observances in Nigeria 2021

Below are the dates of public holidays and observances in Nigeria 2021:

1New Year’s DayFriday 1st Jan 2021New Year’s Day, also simply called New Year or New Year’s, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.
2Mothering SundaySunday 14th March 2021Mothering Sunday is a day honouring mothers and mother churches, celebrated in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and elsewhere in the English-speaking world on the fourth Sunday in Lent since the Middle Ages
3Boxing DaySunday 26th Dec 2021Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day, occurring on the second day of Christmastide. Though it originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday.
4International Albinism Awareness Day Monday 13th June 2021International Albinism Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 13 to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism worldwide
5Children’s DayThursday 27th May 2021
Children’s Day is a commemorative date celebrated annually in honor of children, whose date of observance varies by country. In 1925, International Children’s Day was first proclaimed in Geneva during the World Conference on Child Welfare.
6Good FridayFriday 2 April 2021
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday, and Black Friday. 
7Democracy DaySaturday 12th June 2021
June 12 is one of the notable days in Nigeria’s political history. 
8Id el Fitr holidayWednesday 12th May 2021
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated for one to three days, depending on the country. It is forbidden to fast on the Day of Eid, and a specific prayer is nominated for this day. As an obligatory act of charity, money is paid to the poor and the needy (Zakat-ul-fitr) before performing the ‘Eid prayer.
9Id el Fitr dayThursday 13th May 2021 Eid al-Fitr signified the end of fasting from dawn to dusk throughout Ramadan and the opening of the Shawwal month. It is also observed to pay tribute to Allah for bestowing strength and courage during the month-long fasting customs.
10Women’s DayMonday 8th March 2021
International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.
11Holy SaturdaySaturday 3rd April 2021
Holy Saturday, also known as Great and Holy Saturday, the Great Sabbath, Hallelujah Saturday, Saturday of the Gloria and Black Saturday or Easter Eve, and called “Joyous Saturday”.
12Ash WednesdayWednesday 17 Feb 2021Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and falls on the first day of Lent [the six weeks of penitence before Easter]. It is traditionally observed by Western Christians. 
13Easter Sunday Sunday 4th April 2021 Easter, also called Pascha, Zatik or Resurrection Sunday is a Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD.
14Easter MondayMonday 5th April 2021
Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and a public holiday in some countries. It is the second day of Eastertide. In Western Christianity, it is also the second day of the Octave of Easter, and in Eastern Christianity, it is also the second day of Bright Week.
15March EquinoxSaturday 20th March 2021
The March equinox or northward equinox is the equinox on the Earth when the subsolar point appears to leave the Southern Hemisphere and cross the celestial equator, heading northward as seen from Earth.
16Christmas DaySaturday 25 Dec 2021
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world.
17Christmas EveFriday 24 Dec 2021
Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. It is observed around the world, and it is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas Day.
18New Year’s EveFriday 31 Dec 2021In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year, is on 31 December. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening parties, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks. Some Christians attend a watchnight service. 
19Nigeria Independence dayFriday 1st Oct 2021Independence Day is an official national holiday in Nigeria, celebrated on the first of October. It marks Nigeria’s proclamation of independence from British rule on 1st October 1960.
20Valentine’s DaySunday 14th Feb 2021
Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world. It is a day (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. 
21Day off for Workers’ DayMonday 3rd May 2021
International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day in most countries and often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement and occurs every year on May Day
22Day off for Democracy DayMonday 14th June 2021
Democracy Day is a national public holiday in Nigeria. From 2019, it is celebrated on every June 12th each year. Hence the day off for 2021 democracy day is 14th June 2021
23June SolsticeMonday 21st June 2021
The June solstice is the solstice on the Earth that occurs each year falling on 21st–22nd June every year according to the Gregorian calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice is the summer solstice, whilst in the Southern Hemisphere it is the winter solstice.
24Id el Kabir
Public Holiday
Tuesday 20th July 2021
The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as public holidays to mark this year’s EidelKabir holiday
25Id el Kabir additional holiday Wednesday 21st Jul 202Id el Kabir is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (AS). It is a festive day in Nigeria and the whole world at large where all adult Moslems are expected to kill ram
26December SolsticeTuesday 21st Dec 2021
The December solstice, also known as the southern solstice, is the solstice that occurs each December – typically on 21 December, but may vary by one day in either direction according to the Gregorian calendar.
27Sambisa Memorial Day Wednesday 22nd Dec 2021
Beginning from 2017, December 22nd each year is marked as Sambisa Memorial Day which is a public holiday in Borno State
28Al-Hijra observedMonday 9th August 2021
AlHijra, the Islamic New Year, is the first day of the month of Muharram, hence Moslems may celebrate 
29Al-Hijra observedTuesday 10 August 2021
AlHijra is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general public where many Islamic offices, schools and businesses are closed
30Isese DayFriday 20th August 2021
Isese Day is a regional public holiday observed in the Nigerian state of Osun on every August 20th each year. 
31International Day of the Girl ChildMonday 11th October 2021International Day of the Girl Child is an international observance day declared by the United Nations; it is also called the Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl
32Id el MauludTuesday 19th Oct 2021
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Tuesday October 19 2021, Public Holiday to mark the Islamic festival of Eid-il-Maulud, a “commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)”
33Father’s DaySunday 20th June 2021
Father’s Day is a holiday of honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society
34September EquinoxWednesday 22nd Sep 2021
The September equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. Due to differences between the calendar year and the tropical year, the September equinox may occur anytime from September 21st to 24th
35April Fools’ Day Friday 1st April 2021April Fools’ Day or April Fool’s Day is an annual custom on 1 April consisting of practical jokes and hoaxes. Jokesters often expose their actions by shouting “April Fools!” at the recipient. Mass media can be involved in these pranks, which may be revealed as such the following day.
36Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe’s birthdayTuesday 16th November 2021November 16, the birthday of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, ought to be a national holiday in Nigeria.
37World Orphans Day Friday 9th April 2021World Orphans Day is declared by Worldwide Organization for Charity (WOC) Previously known as World Orphan Centre (WOC). The prime purpose of World Orphans Day is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for orphans and underprivileged children related activities all over the world.


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