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General News of Monday, 1 August 2022


Watch how Tafawa Balewa was received by President Kennedy in the US in 1961

Nigeria's first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa and President John F. Kennedy play videoNigeria's first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa and President John F. Kennedy

A video of the visit of Nigeria's first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa on a state visit to the United States has emerged.

Balewa who became prime minister after Nigeria became independent from Britain was received by President John F. Kennedy on July 25, 1961.

On the trip with the Prime Minister were; Ministers Shagari and Benson as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He was in the US on the invitation of Kennedy as part of a ceremony formally inaugurating service by the new Syncom II satellite launched on July 26.

Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson gave the opening remarks at the Capitol.

Balewa made stops at other sites in Washington, D.C., and stops in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Illinois, Knoxville, Tennessee, and New York City.

It is believed that the visit was the birth of bilateral relationships between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United States of America.

Nigeria has traditionally been among the United States' most important partners in Africa, and together the countries' populations account for more than half a billion people.


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