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Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is the only Nigerian leader to have ever appeared on the cover of influential magazine, TIME.

He was a vastly learned Nigerian politician, and the only prime minister Nigeria ever had.

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In January 1960, he was knighted by Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, one of the highest recognitions at the time.

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He studied abroad for a year at the University of London’s Institute of Education, which  is currently part of University College, London.

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Erudite scholar Balewa also founded the Northern People’s Congress (NPC). He championed the rights of the Northerners and was one of those whose nationalistic drive played a huge role in Nigeria’s independence.