What are the facts about Nigeria you have probably not read before? You might have read a lot about Nigeria, but you probably have not seen any of these:
1. The oldest water works in Africa was found in Nigeria.
A mini water works built by past Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola
2. Nigerians have the highest number of PhD’s of any sub group in the United States.
Africa’s youngest PhD holder is Olaoluwa Hallowed Oluwadara whom at 24, is Doctor of Mathematics, having a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5
3. Nigeria has the highest number of twins in any country.
Henry and Stanley Maduabueke, 18-year-old twin brothers from Abia
4. Nigeria is the fastest growing market for private jets after China.
Nigerian musician, Davido with his private jet
5. Nigeria is the fifth fastest growing internet population in the world.
The proliferation of smartphones and cheaper data has pushed cyber cafes out of business and brought more Nigerians online
6. The oldest iron works in sub Saharan Africa were smelted in what is today Nigeria. These folks, the ancestors of modern day Nigerians made a mysterious and unparalleled transience from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, bypassing a bronze age, how they did it is still not known.
Some of the Iron works sculptures are still in existence
7. The Nok culture is the oldest known Iron making culture in sub Saharan Africa, this culture dating from between 1 000 BC to 500 BC, independently worked iron, domesticated the horse, continued for some time and then mysteriously vanished leaving only figurines of the type below behind:
The ancient Nok culture has been a source of many discussions. Efe Paul Azino a Nigerian poet mentions it in his popular poem, ‘History is’
8. The Dufuna canoe is the second oldest water going vessel ever unearthed and the oldest in Africa, it is between 8 000 to 8 500 years old and was uncovered in Northern Nigeria.
The Dufuna canoe is the third known oldest worlwide
9. Nigerian news station NTA was the first opened by Black Africans.
NTA is a Nigerian government-owned and partly commercial broadcaster that was inaugurated in 1977, at inauguration it had monopoly on television broadcasting in the country
10. Nigeria is home to the single largest monument in Africa (Sungbo’s Eredo), which is also the largest city of the medieval world. It took over a million more man hours to build than the great pyramid of Giza.
Sungbo Eredo, situated off the main road in rain forest. It’s a 100-mile-long wall and moat whose construction is believed to have began a millennium ago
11. Nigeria has over a million applicants for University places every year, only 30% get admissions and there are only 122 universities to serve them.
12. The first Black African to win gold at the Commonwealth games and at an international sports event was Emmanuel Ifeajuna, a Nigerian high-jumper. He broke all records of the time by clearing a height of 6ft and 8in.
Emmanuel Ifeajuna was accused of treason and killed during the Civil War