The Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) was the state-owned 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, thousands of nationals and other Africans were trained in seafaring skills which they continued to use for their livelihoods thereafter.
Since the liquidation exercise, Nigeria’s efforts to refloat a national carrier of equivalent status 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, marine engineers and radio officers. These are presented here with other artefacts and information about the company for preview by interested members of the public.