The Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) was the state carrier of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1959 to 1995 when it was liquidated. In its heyday, the NNSL was the pride of Nigeria and, by extension, Africa, as she offered direct and indirect employment to thousands of people in Nigeria and abroad. Under her wings also, thousands of nationals and other Africans were trained in the skills of seafaring which they continue to use for their livelihoods.
Since the liquidation exercise, Nigeria’s efforts to refloat a national carrier of equivalent status to the NNSL have not materialized. As part of the objectives of this archive project, we have conducted oral interviews of the surviving seafarers, especially the master mariners, which are presented here for preview by interested members of the public.