Michael Okpara

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Birthday
25, 1920
Birthplace
Nigeria
Death Date
Dec 17, 1984 (63)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
25, 1920
Birthplace
Nigeria
Death Date
Dec 17, 1984 (63)

About

Politician and revolutionary who was the Premier of Eastern Nigeria during the First Republic from 1959 to 1966. He was a pragmatic socialist who put great emphasis on agricultural reform.

Before Fame

His political career started when he became interested in the Zikist Movement, a militant group.

Trivia

He was the recipient of the honor of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger and served as a medical doctor, earning his degree on a scholarship.

Family Life

He was born in Umuahia, what is now considered the Abia State and was a practicing Christian.

Associated With

He and Wole Soyinka were both affected significantly by the Nigerian Civil War, the former going to Ireland in his exile.