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Meet the Amazu, first black family to be on North Pole

The Amazu family from Otolo Nnewi, Anambra State is the first Black and only Nigerian family to reach Geographic North pole.

North Pole is the northernmost point on the Earth, lying diametrically opposite the South Pole.

It defines geodetic latitude 90° North. Traveling to the North Pole is no easy task.

The Geographic North Pole is the location in the Northern Hemisphere.

This is where the Earth’s axis of rotation intersects its surface.

To distinguish it from the Magnetic North Pole, it is the True North Pole.

(Amazu) The first and only Black Nigerian family to reach the Geographic North Pole.

Attempts to reach the North Pole began in the late 19th century, with the record for “Farthest North”.

The first undisputed expedition to reach the North Pole was that of the airship Norge.

Also read Martina Chukwuma-Ezike becomes first black female elected RectorThey overflew the area in 1926 with 16 men on board, including expedition leader Roald Amundsen.

Three prior expeditions led by:

  • Frederick Cook (1908, land)
  • Robert Peary (1909, land)
  • Richard E. Byrd (1926, aerial)

How Amazu family reach the North Pole

In 2015, the Amazu family from Otolo Nnewi, Anambra State, made history.

They are the first Black and Nigerian family to reach the Geographic North Pole.

The Amazu family comprising of Og and Joy Amazu, the parents and young daughters Aimee and Monica.

They went to the far reaches of the globe with their daughters.

They created their charity foundation Challenge 100.

This is to honour the abducted Chibok girls in Nigeria.

The Amazus started the Challenge 100 foundation on the three pillars of entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and family.

Russian Geographical Society Expeditionary Centre recognised and awarded the Amazu family.

They are the first Nigerians to reach the North Pole.

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