The first president of Nigeria was Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe
He was born in Zungeru, Niger state on 16 November 1904 to the family of Obed-Edom Chukwuemeka Azikiwe. He then lived in Onitsha and Lagos while growing up making him fluent in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages of Nigeria.
Nnamdi Azikiwe became the first president of Nigeria in 1963 although it was a ceremonial position.
Prior to this, he had a reputation of a nationalist and was the premier of Nigeria’s Eastern Region in 1954.
He became the governor-general on 16 November 1960, a position that was later changed to the ceremonial president after Nigeria became a republic in 1963.
He was removed from office after Aguiyi Ironsi took over government in 1966.
He contested in the 1979 and 1983 presidential elections but was unsuccessful in both.
Nnamdi Azikiwe died on 11 May 1996 at the University of Nigeria teaching hospital and was buried in Onitsha.