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Circular Pin Portraying Shehu Shagari

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20th century
metal, plastic
1 3/16 × 3/16 in. (3 × 0.5 cm)
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Ethel Lois Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Avis R. Johnson.
On this golden pin, a laurel wreath encircles a photograph of Shehu Shagari (1925-2018), who became Nigeria’s first democratically elected president in 1979. The pin’s portrait shows Shagari wearing a blue tunic trimmed in white and a brown-and-white woven hat. The pin belonged to Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991), a journalist who first traveled Nigeria to report on its civil war in the 1960s. She never stopped writing about both the country and Shagari, who was deposed shortly after reelection in 1983. A global beat was a hallmark of Payne’s reporting, and her international interests helped her see connections in the struggle for human rights for people of African descent around the world. The lifelong civil rights activist reported from thirty countries over the course of her career, becoming known as the First Lady of the Black Press.
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