25 Interesting Facts about Nigeria/ Nigerians

25 Interesting Facts about Nigeria Nigerians

Nigeria, a country blessed with approximately 160 million people stands as the giant of Africa and the seventh most populous nation in the world.

 Nigeria continues to attract people from neighbouring countries and foreign investors alike, as it is one of the liveliest places in Africa and home to Lagos one of the most prominent citadel city of industry and commerce in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Its journey as an independent nation may have started in the 60’s but its history and culture dates far back to the precolonial era.

Contrary to what several people believe, many aspects of modern day life in Nigeria began to take shape as various states began to thrive and a sudden bloom in the economy saw an increase in the influx of investors. 

25 Interesting Facts about Nigeria Nigerians

State of the art facilities began to spring
up across major cities like Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.

The elite few began to spend more on
leisure life, various resorts in Lagos
and across major states, luxury hotels like Federal
Palace Hotel Lagos
became the hub of relaxation for elites who required top
notch service.

Listed below are 25 interesting/fun facts
about Nigeria and its people.

  • 1.      
    Nigeria was formed under
    Governor Frederick Lugard in 1914.
  • 2.      
    Nigerians make up one-fifth of the
    total population of Black Africa.
  • 3.      
    The Nigerian currency was
    introduced in 1959.
  • 4.      
    With 521 languages, Nigeria is
    the thirdmost multi lingual country in the world according to ethnologue.
  • 5.      
    In the 1850s, Kano, one of the
    largest cities in Africa, made 10 million sandal pairs and 5 million hides for
    export annually.
  • 6.      
     In 1246 AD the Kanemi of Borno created a
    sensation in Tunisia when he sent a gift of a giraffe to Al-Mustapha, king of
  • 7.      
    In 1000AD, Queen Luwo, the twenty-first
    Ooni of Ile-Ife supervised the design and construction ofthe streets with
    quartz pebble and broken pottery. Originally created to pave the way for the
    queen so as not to soil her clothing and feet during the rainy season. By the
    14th and 15th centuries, apaadiLuwo had become part of the architectural
    heritage of Ife.
  • 8.      
    Lord Lugarddescribed Kano:
    ‘Commercial emporium of the western Sudan.’ Of its wall, he said, ‘I have never
    seen, nor even imagined, anything like it in Africa.’ He estimated in 1904 that
    there were 170 walled towns still in existence in the whole of just the Kano
    province of northern Nigeria.
  • 9.      
    The Guinness Book of World
    Records (1974) describes the walls of Benin City as the world’s second largest
    man-made structure after China’s Great Wall.“The Walls of Benin City was the
    world’s largest man-made earth structure.” Fred Pearce wrote in New
    Scientist.Finished in 1460, the Benin Iya or moat is a historic world defence
    wonder. Before it was ravaged by the British in 1897, it was known as one of
    the largest man made structure lengthwise and considered as the largest earth
    work in the world by most.
  • 10.  
    Established in 1965, Cocoa
    house in the city of Ibadan, Oyo state was once the tallest building in
    tropical Africa.
  • 11.  
    Discovered in 1928, Nigeria’s
    North and North Central region hosts West Africa’s oldest civilization; the
    Nok, which flourished between 1000 BC and 300 BC.
  • 12.  
    In 1976, 75 kobo exchanged for
    one British Pound and 60 kobo for one US dollar.
  • 13.  
    5 of the 10 richest pastors in
    the entire world are Nigerians, with net worth’s according to Forbes, from
    $10-150 million. They include; Pastors, David Oyedepo, E. A. Adeboye, Chris Oyakhilome,
    Temitope Joshua and Mathew Ashimolowo.
  • 14.  
    A brand new car sold for N2000
    in 1975.
  • 15.  
    A ticket to London was less
    than N100 in 1975.
  • 16.  
    Until 1984, travel visa was not
    required to travel to the United Kingdom
  • 17.  
    King of Kanem-Bornu,IdrîsAloma
    (1571-1603) went on pilgrimage and came across firearms. He brought some guns
    back, along with Turks to train his army on how to use them.
  • 18.  
    The north was the more literate
    part of Nigeria in the past. According to Lord Luggard, there were 25,000
    Qur’anic Arabic schools with about 250,000 pupils in the north.
  • 19.  
    Legendary Fela’s mother, Mrs.
    FumilayoRansome-Kutiwas one of the delegates that negotiated Nigeria’s
    independence in Britain.
  • 20.  
    The Adubi war in 1918 was a
    major uprising by 30,000 Abeokuta Egba warriors against the colonial government
    for colonization, taxation and slave labor. One British was killed, rail and
    telegraph lines were destroyed. The British rewarded their soldiers with medals
    for quelling the uprising.
  • 21.  
    Nigeria’s north (719,000 sq.
    km), makes up 80% of Nigeria’s land mass. It is four times the South in size.
  • 22.  
    Repatriated Brazilian and Cuban
    slaves were known as the Amaros; they are the ‘Aguda’ people of Lagos today.
  • 23.  
    According to U.S Bureau Census
    data, Nigerian immigrants have the highest education attainment level in the
    United States, surpassing every other ethnic group in the country,
  • 24.  
    The Yoruba ethnic group and its
    bloodlines have the highest rate of twins in the world.
  • 25.  
    Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is the
    richest Black person in the world, with a net worth of $16.1bn.

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