This afternoon I found a file on a man named Abubakar Tafewa Balewa
Abubakar was a student at the IOE Colonial Department, 1945-1946.
I started cataloguing the file from the back (oldest item) and was interested enough to find an essay he
wrote titled 'The evolution of modern ideas of community life and discipline with special reference to relations between staff and pupils', some lists of his
teaching practice placements, and a short report on his
work by LJ Lewis.
Continuing cataloguing, I found letters from a researcher at the BBC requesting information on Abubakar, which was when I started really get curious.
A handful of press cuttings revealed that the former IOE
student had gone on to become the Prime Minister of Nigeria Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
, but was murdered in a military coup in 1966.
I won't go into explaining who he
was, or what his
achievements as PM of Nigeria were.
But I felt he
should probably be acknowledged, or rather remembered once more, as significant IOE alumni.
Tags: Abubakar Tafewa Balewa
, Colonial Department
, Prime Minister of Nigeria