"From Coins to Bills: The Evolution of Nigerian Currency and Its Iconic Faces"
Mar 15, 2023 | By AjoVest
Sure, here are the names of the persons depicted on Nigerian currency notes and some brief information about them:
Five Naira: The front side of the 5 Naira note features the portrait of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The five naira banknote's reverse side has images of traditional Yoruba drummers. On the reverse, a map of Nigeria's outline is also depicted, along with vertical bands of the Nigerian flag in green, white, and green. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was a Nigerian politician and traditional leader who served as the first and only prime minister after Nigeria gained independence.
Ten Naira: The front side of the 10 Naira note features the portrait of Malzi Alvan Ikoku, while the back side features an illustration of the Nigerian Coat of Arms. Alvan Ikoku was a Nigerian educator and activist who played a significant role in the development of education in Nigeria.
Twenty Naira: The front side of the 20 Naira note features the portrait of General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, while the back side features Ladi Kwali, Nigerian pottery artist, who was awarded an MBE in 1962. General Murtala Ramat Mohammed was a Nigerian military leader who served as the Head of State from 1975 until his assassination in 1976.
One Hundred Naira: The front side of the 100 Naira note features the portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, while the back side features a photograph of Niger State's Zuma Rock; in the centennial note released on December 19, 2014, a group of traditionally costumed individuals took their place. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a prominent role in Nigeria's struggle for independence and served as the Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria.
Two Hundred Naira: The front side of the 200 Naira note features the portrait of Sir Ahmadu Bello, while the back side features two cattle, the national coat of arms, a pyramid of agricultural goods, and the designation, all references to livestock production. Sir Ahmadu Bello was a Nigerian statesman who served as the first Premier of the Northern Region of Nigeria.
Five Hundred Naira: The front side of the 500 Naira note features the portrait of Chief Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, while the back side features an offshore oil rig. Chief Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was a Nigerian statesman who played a leading role in Nigeria's struggle for independence and served as the first President of Nigeria.
One Thousand Naira: The front side of the 1000 Naira note features the portraits of Alhaji Aliyu Mai-Bornu and Dr. Clement Nyong Isong. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters building in Abuja is depicted on the back side.
It is worth noting that the portraits on the Nigerian currency notes are not only meant to honor the individuals depicted but also to promote Nigeria's cultural heritage and diversity.