Fun Fact About Nigeria

The name ‘Nigeria’ was coined by Flora Shaw. She was the wife of Lord Lugard – a British soldier who paved the way for Nigeria’s amalgamation and became the first Governor-General of Nigeria. Flora drew inspiration from the great river Niger and combined the words ‘Niger’ and ‘Area’ to form ‘Nigeria’.

Nigeria became a British protectorate in 1901. Colonization lasted until 1960, when an independence movement succeeded in gaining Nigeria its INDEPENDENCE. Nigeria first became a REPUBLIC in 1963 but succumbed to military rule three years later after a bloody coup d’état.

The Nigeria national football team played their first international match against Sierra Leone in Freetown on 8 October 1949.

It took a lot of passion, determination, and selflessness from many great Nigerians to make our independence day a reality in 1960. Here are just a few Nigerians who were instrumental to this cause:

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe –   known as ‘Zik’, he was the first elected President of Nigeria after independence

 Obafemi Awolowo –    he introduced free education in the Western region of Nigeria and also founded Action Group.

Sir Ahmadu Bello –     founded the Northern People’s Party (NPP) in 1951 which later joined forces with Nnamdi Azikiwe’s NCNC party to fight for independence from the British. 


Yorubas Have The Highest Rate Of Twins In Africa.

Nigeria Has More Muslims Than Saudi Arabia.

Until 1984, You Didn’t Need A Visa To Travel To The U.K As A Nigerian.

At Some Point, The North Was The Country’s Most Educated Region In Africa, With Over 25,000 Islamic Schools.

The Indigo Bird Is Unique To Only Jos, Plateau State., It Isn’t Found Anywhere Else In The World.

Nigeria Ranks 136th Out of 176 In The List Of Corrupt Countries In The World.

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.

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

Nigeria in 2013 was rated the worst country to be born based on welfare and prosperity projection.

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.

Ilorin’s Oba Afonja utilized Fulani warriors to help rebel against the Oyo Empire. The warriors after defeating Oyo took over Ilorin and Sheikh Alimi, their leader became the first Emir.

The Cost Of Living In Abuja Is Higher Than The Cost Of Living In London.

Nigeria Has The Highest Number Of Musicians In The World.


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