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Nigeria is the giant of Africa, with a GDP of over 500 billion dollars, it is the largest economy in Africa. It is also the most populous country in Africa with a population of over 160 people. Abuja is the capital of Nigeria.  More facts about Nigeria ...

56 Interesting Facts
About Nigeria.

October 2016 marks the 56th independence anniversary of Nigeria. Nigeria got her independence from Britain on the 1st of October 1960.

Here are 56 Interesting facts about Nigeria...

 1.      Nigeria, with  a population of over 180 million is the most populous Black nation and the 7th most populated nation in the entire world, trailing after—from least to most—Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, USA, India and China (1.3bn).

2.      For every five Black Africans, one is Nigerian.

3.      There were over 14 well organized and independent kingdoms and empires in the area latter named Nigeria before the coming of the Europeans. These included the Nri Kingdom, The Benin Kingdom, the Oyo empire, the Sokoto Caliphate, the Hausa Kingdom, the Ibibio kingdom etc.

4.   Dr Nmadi Azikiwe was the first President of Nigeria.

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FACTS ABOUT NIGERIA

Nigeria formally referred to as Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country in West Africa. It has boundaries with Republic of Benin ,Chad and Cameroon, and Niger. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean.

Abuja is the federal Capital of Nigeria. Other majors cities in Nigeria include; Lagos (the former capital, and commercial hub), Kano, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kaduna, Jos, Aba, Enugu, Sokoto, Maiduguri etc.

Nigeria has a population of about 165 million. It is the most populous country in Africa, the seventh most populous country in the world, and the most populous country in the world in which the majority of the population is black. It has over 250 ethnic groups; the Igbos, the Hausas and the Yorubas are the major ones.

Nigeria is the second largest economy in Africa, after South Africa. It is the largest the largest economy in West Africa. Petroleum plays a major role in the economy of Nigeria. Nigeria is a member of OPEC and among the ten largest exporters of Crude oil. The Nigerian Government gets over 80% of its earnings through Crude oil.

The telecommunication market in Nigeria is one of the fastest growing in the world. There is also a robust financial service sector and a popular movie industry in Nigeria.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria is divided into 36 states and the federal Captial Territory. The states are;

1. Anambra (Capital city is Awka)

2. Enugu (Capital city is Enugu)

3. Akwa Ibom (Capital city is Uyo)

4. Adamawa (Capital city is Yola)

5. Abia (Capital city is Umuahia)

6. Bauchi (Capital city is Bauchi)

7. Bayelsa (Capital city is Yenegoa)

8. Benue (Capital city is Makurdi)

9. Borno (Capital city is Maiduguri)

10. Cross River (Capital city is Calabar )

11. Delta (Capital city is Asaba)

12. Ebonyi (Capital city is Abakaliki)

13. Edo (Capital city is Benin City)

14. Ekiti (Capital city is Ado-Ekiti)

15. Gombe (Capital city is Gombe)

16. Imo (Capital city is Owerri)

17. Jigawa (Capital city is Dutse)

18. Kaduna (Capital city is Kaduna )

19. Kano (Capital city is Kano)

20. Katsina (Capital city is Katsina)

21. Kebbi (Capital city is Birni-kebbi)

22. Kogi (Capital city is Lokoja)

23. Kwara (Capital city is Ilorin)

24. Lagos (Capital city is Lagos )

25. Nasarawa (Capital city is Lafia)

26. Niger (Capital city is Minna)

27. Ogun (Capital city is Abeokuta)

28. Ondo (Capital city is Akure)

29. Osun (Capital city is Oshogbo)

30. Oyo (Capital city is Ibadan)

31. Plateau (Capital city is Jos)

32. Rivers (Capital city is Port Harcourt)

33. Sokoto (Capital city is Sokoto)

34. Taraba (Capital city is Jalingo)

35. Yobe (Capital city is Damaturu)

36. Zamfara (Capital city is Gusau)

56 Interesting Facts  About Nigeria.

1.      Nigeria, with  a population of over 180 million is the most populous Black nation and the 7th most populated nation in the entire world, trailing after—from least to most—Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, USA, India and China (1.3bn).

2.      For every five Black Africans, one is Nigerian.

3.      There were over 14 well organized and independent kingdoms and empires in the area latter named Nigeria before the coming of the Europeans. These included the Nri Kingdom, The Benin Kingdom, the Oyo empire, the Sokoto Caliphate, the Hausa Kingdom, the Ibibio kingdom etc.

4.      Dr Nmadi Azikiwe was the first President of Nigeria.

5.      Sir Abubakar Tafawa Belewa was the first and only Prime Minister of Nigeria.

6.      Dennis Osadebey was the First President of Nigeria’s Senate after independence.

7.      Nigeria, with 521 languages has the fourth highest number of languages in the world. This includes 510 living languages, two second languages without native speakers and 9 extinct languages.

8.      Nigeria was the first country to contain ebola after the outbreak in 2014.

9.      The Obasanjo military regime converted Nigeria from a Parliamentary system to a Presidential system of government.

10.  The Portuguese reached Nigeria in 1472. In 1880 the British began conquering Nigeria’s south. The north was conquered by 1903.

11.  Travel Visa was not required to travel to the United Kingdom till 1984.

12.  The Nigeria state came into being in 1914 when Southern Protectorate and Northern Protectorate were merged.

13.  Nigeria has one of the largest youth population in the world.

14.  Nigeria has over 500 ethnic groups.

15.  Nigeria is divided roughly in half between Christians and Muslims.

16.  Nigeria became Africa’s largest economy in 2014 overtaking south Africa

17.  In 2016 it relapsed back to the second largest economy in Africa.

18.  In September 1980 one dollar was equivalent of 53 kobo (.53 naira)

19.  In January 2015 a dollar exchanged for 198 Naira.

20.  In September 2015 a dollar exchanged for 470 Naira

21.  Boko haram started in the north east of Nigeria in 2002.

22.  Cameroon was an administrative part of Nigeria in 1945, hence the NCNC party (National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons).

23.  Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian Nobel laureate. He wrote ‘Telephone Conversation!’

24.  The June 12th 1993 presidential election is seen as the fairest and freest election in the Nigeria but the acclaimed winner, MKO Abiola was never declared the winner.

25.  Shehu Shagari is the first elected executive President of Nigeria.

26.  With a net worth of $16.1bn, Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is the richest Black person in the world.

27.  The 2006 Census found Nigerians to be the highest educated ethnic or racial group in America.

28.  The Nri Kingdom of  the Igbos consolidated in the 10th century and continued until coming of the British in 1911.

29.  The Northern knot, Arewa insignia has Christian origins, investigation by Ibraheem A. Waziri revealed. It is adapted from the Church Celtic knot.

30.  Pre-tribalism: Malam Umaru Altine, a northern Fulani man was the first elected Mayor of Enugu, in the east, and was even re-elected for a second term.

31.  Pre-tribalism: John Umoru, from Etsako in today’s Edo State (Western region) was elected for the House of Assembly to represent Port Harcourt in the Eastern Nigerian House of Assembly.

32.  The Colonial Cantonments Proclamation of 1914 established ‘foreign quarters,’ ‘Sabon Gari,’ institutionalizing the Sabon Garuruwa system of ‘foreigner’ residential segregation in Nigeria.

33.  Crispin Curtis Adeniyi-Jones (1876-1957) who the street in Ikeja, ‘Adeniyi-Jones’ was named after, was a medical director from Sierra Leone (a Saro). As a co-founder of NNDP, he won one of the Lagos 3 legislative council seats in 1923 and represented Nigerians for 15 years

34.  Nigeria’s population was just 16 million in 1911. It is projected to hit 444 million by 2050, surpassing the US and becoming the 4th largest in the world.

35.  Lagos’ population in 1872 was 60,000. By 2015 it will be the third largest city in the entire world.

36.  1st republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi hid former South African President, Nelson Mandela, for six months in Nigeria to evade his arrest by the apartheid regime.

37.   Valor: Part of the ‘Forgotten Army,’ Nigerians volunteered to fight with the allied forces among the 81st and 82nd West African Divisions, in the Second World War.

38.  The Adubi war in 1918 was a major uprising by 30,000 Abeokuta Ebga warriors against the colonial government for colonization, taxation and slave labor. One British was killed and rail and telegraph lines destroyed. The British rewarded their soldiers with medals for quelling the uprising. Awape Adediran a Molashin/ Kingmaker was imprisoned for his active involvement.

39.  Activist Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti travelled widely, including to the Eastern bloc (Hungary, USSR and China where she met Mao Zedong). These interactions angered Nigeria, Britain and America. America called her a communist and refused her a U.S. Visa.

40.  Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti, legendary Fela’s mother, was one of the delegates that negotiated Nigeria’s independence in Britain.

41.  Once upon a time, the north was the more literate part of Nigeria. According to Lord Luggard, there were 25,000 Qur’anic Arabic schools with about 250,000 pupils in the north.

42.  Kaduna Nzeogwu killed Sardauna in Nigeria’s first military coup.

43.   Idrîs Aloma (1571-1603) King of Kanem-Bornu went on pilgrimage and came across firearms. He brought some guns back, along with Turks to train his army on how to use them.

44.   A brand new car sold for N2000 in 1975. A ticket to London was less than N100 in 1975.

45.   In 1976, 75 kobo exchanged for one British Pound and 60 kobo for one US dollar.

46.   Nigeria took its first loan from the World Bank in 1977.

47.  Obasanjo’s first term and Babangida’s regime oversaw the weakening of the naira.

48.   Nigeria has the 4th highest number of poor, living under a dollar a day in the entire world. 100 million are ‘destitute’ according to figures from the NBS (National Bureau of Statistics).

49.  In 1967 Gowon split the four regions into 12 states.

50.  Nigeria has the highest paid legislators in the entire world.

51.  Yobe: The oldest discovered boat in Africa, and 3rd oldest on the world, the 8500 yr old Dufuna canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in 1987 in Dufuna village, Fune LGA

52.  Kano history has it that a great warrior princess Magajiya Maimuna led her cavalry from Zaria to conquer Kumbwada.

53.  Kumbwada in Kano today is ruled by Queen Hajiya Haidzatu Ahmed, who presides over up to half a million subjects. A throne curse which makes men sick and die, keeps males off the throne. {Sadly, the woman ruled Kumbwada is the least funded chiefdom in Nigeria}.

54.  The Igbo ethnic group are the ‘Jews’ of Nigeria. Eager for a home state and highly entrepreneurial; during the Biafra secession attempt in the 60’s, this industrious people were already constructing indigenous tanks and other weaponry.

55.  Cross River State: The Ejagham (Ekoi) people in the Southeast are believed to have originated the Nsibidi (Nsibiri) writing system which later spread to the Efik, Igbo, Ibibio, Efut, Banyang and Annag peoples.

56.   Discovered in 1928, Nigeria’s North and North Central region hosts West Africa’s oldest civilization; the Nok civilization which flourished between 1000 BC and 300 BC. {Nok sculptures recently went on display disappointingly in Germany (not Africa).