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Names Of People Appearing On Nigeria Currencies: The last time you held ₦200, did you stop to wonder when did Nigeria start using naira and kobo? It all started in 1912, when Nigeria’s former colonial masters through the West African Currency Board began issuing currency notes in Nigeria. The board issued Pounds sterling (£), Shilling (s) and Pence (d).
About 13 years after independence, on 1 January, 1973 under the General Yakubu Gowon military regime, Nigeria’s own indigenous currency was issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria while the Pounds sterling issued by the West African Currency Board was withdrawn. The new currency had a Naira and kobo divisions, with ₦ as sign for naira, ‘k’ as sign for kobo and NGN as code. 100 kobo made one naira (₦1).
N5 – 5 naira – Tafawa Balewa (NE)
N10 – 10 naira – Alvan Ikoku (SE)
N20 – 20 naira – Murtala Mohammed (I guess Auchi SS)
N50 – 50 naira – Wazobia with a middle beltan lady
N100 – 100 naira – Obafemi Awolowo (SW)
N200 – 200 naira – Ahmadu Bello (NW)
N500 – 500 naira – Nnamdi Azikiwe (SE)
N1000 – 1000 naira – Aliyu Mai-Bornu and Clement Isong. (NE&SS)
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