Facts About Nigeria

Facts About Nigeria

  • Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa and the 7th most populous nation in the world.
  • The Portuguese were the first to explore Nigeria.
  • In size, Nigeria is more than twice the size of California.
  • Nigeria is administratively divided into 36 states with a federal capital territory.
  • Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba are the major tribes in Nigeria.
  • There are more than 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria.
  • English is the official language in Nigeria although it has more than 500 indigenous Languages.
  • The first African to win the Miss World beauty pageant was a Nigerian.
  • Nigeria is home to Nollywood, the 2nd largest producer of films in the world with up to 200 film release every week.
  •  It has the largest species of butterflies in the world
  •  Nigeria has the 3rd Largest delta in the world – The Niger Delta
  •  The Niger Delta has the highest concentration of Monotypic fish families in the world.
  •  It is home to Jollof rice – a popular African delicacy.
  •  Nigeria is one of the largest producers of Oil in Africa with a production capacity of more than 2.5 million barrels per day.
  •  It is the home to Aliko Dangote; the Richest Man in Africa with an estimated net worth of over $15billion according to Forbes.
  •  Nigeria has the highest rate of twin births in the world; Igbo Ora in South West Nigeria is reputed as the twin capital of the world.
  • The bird species known as the Indigobird is endemic to Nigeria.
  •  There are over 4200 plant species in Nigeria and 550 animal species making it one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet.
  • The first African to win a gold medal at the commonwealth games was Emmanuel Ifeajuna, a Nigerian.
  • 85% of Nigerians view Chinese influence positively making it the most pro-Chinese nation in the world.
  • It is a religious country with most Christians and Muslims and is known to have more Muslims than Saudi-Arabia
  • It is a popular destination for Pentecostal religious tourism being host to Megachurches like the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Winner Chapel and a host of others.
  • Nigeria is home to the happiest and most Optimistic people in the world. Some say it is because the nation is very religious.
  •  Nigeria has overtaken Ireland as the second largest consumer of Guinness Worldwide.
  • Throughout the world, the Drill Monkey species can only be found in Nigeria and one other African country (Cameroun)
  • Nigeria has a confluence, where the river Niger and river Benue meets in Lokoja, Kogi State.
  • West Africa Oldest Civilisation (The Nok) has been in Nigeria since around 500BC-200AD
  • The Anambra Waxbill, a small bird of many beautiful colours is found only in Southern Nigeria and nowhere else in the world.
  • The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD) in present day Edo state are the longest ancient earthworks in the world and probably the largest man-made structure on earth. It was thought to be twice the length of the Great Wall of China until the latter was announced in 2012 after meticulous measurement by the Chinese surveyors.
  • Ile-Ife, in the present day Osun State was paved as early as 1000AD, with decorations that originated from Ancient America suggesting there might have been interactions between the Yorubas and the Ancient Americans before Columbus ‘discovered’ America.
  • There is a thing called Nigerian time.
  • The Dufuna canoe is the second oldest water going vessel ever unearthed and the oldest in Africa. It is between 8000-8500 years old and was unearthed in Northern Nigeria
  • Nigeria is home to Sungbo’s Eredo, a system of defensive walls and ditches that are located in the Southwest town of Ijebu Ode in Ogun State.