facts about Nigeria
facts about Nigeria

Nigeria is undoubtedly the ‘Giant of Africa’, and it is the seventh most populous nation in the world. Obejor Blog would be revealing to you, 7 interesting facts you didn’t know about Nigeria, stay glued and learn. It’s no doubt that Nigeria is located in the Southern Coastal part of West Africa with Abuja as its capital city.

The first-storey building is located in Badagry, Lagos State.The foundation of the building was laid in 1842 and the house was completed in 1845.History has it that the ancient structure was erected by Reverend Henry Townsend of the Church Missionary Society (CMS).
Nigeria’s journey as an independent nation may have begun on October 1, 1960, but its history dates back far before the colonial era.

Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of the most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja that’s pictured on the national currency.

Brief History

facts about Nigeria
facts about Nigeria

Many aspects of modern life in Nigeria were established in the 16th century is the period in which many aspects of modern life in Nigeria was established. This is during the colonial era but by the middle of the 20th century the desire for Africans to end all forms of foreign control and influence grew. Most countries were fighting for the right to take charge of their political, social and economic affairs which eventually led to Nigeria to be granted independence on 1 October 1960 under a constitution with parliamentary government and a favourable degree of autonomy for the country. Nigeria marked total independence from Britain when it became a federal republic after a new constitution was adopted on 1 October 1963 with Nnamdi Azikiwe as its first President.

The culture of Nigeria is shaped by Nigeria’s multiple ethnic groups. … The rest of Nigeria’s ethnic groups (sometimes called ‘minorities’) are found all over the country but especially in the middle belt and north. The Hausa tend to be Muslim and the Igbo are predominantly Christian.

Here are 7 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Nigeria

1. First Storey Building in Nigeria:

Did you know, the first-storey building is located in Badagry, Lagos State.The foundation of the building was laid in 1842 and the house was completed in 1845.History has it that the ancient structure was erected by Reverend Henry Townsend of the Church Missionary Society (CMS).

2. Nigeria’s Independence:

Nigeria gained independence from Britain on the 1st of October, 2019, with late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as the Prime Minister leading a coalition government of parliamentary system. Three years later, it became a republic.
In October 1963, Nigeria proclaimed itself the Federal Republic of Nigeria and late Nnamdi Azikiwe became the country’s first President.
In October 2010, Nigeria celebrated its golden jubilee ’50th anniversary of its independence.’ In October 2019, Nigeria became 59.

3. Travelling to the UK from Nigeria

Having a trip to the from Nigeria to the United Kingdom didn’t require a travelling visa until 1984 and a ticket to London was also less than N100 in 1975.

4. Number of Ethnic Groups

Nigeria has 250 ethnic groups. The most populous and politically influential include: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%.

5. Nigeria Hosts the Longest River in Africa

The River Niger is known to have one of the most unusual routes of any of the major rivers in the world. It starts approximately 150 miles from the Atlantic Ocean (240 kilometers). Instead of flowing to the nearby Atlantic Ocean it instead heads inland, away from the sea into the Sahara Desert. It turns sharply near the city of Timbuktu and heads to the Gulf of Guinea.

6. Nollwood is one of the Biggest Movie Industries in the World

Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world in terms of film output, surpassing Hollywood in the U.S., and second only to Bollywood in India. The prolific industry — according to journalist Norimitsu Onishi, who helped coin the term “Nollywood” — produces about 2,500 films a year. Nollywood is the second largest employer after agriculture in Nigeria. As of 2014, Nollywood was worth US $5.1 billion and makes up 5% of Nigeria’s GDP. 4.

7. Home of Second Longest Bridge in Africa

Third Mainland Bridge is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland.The others are the Eko and Carter bridges. It was known to be the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when the 6th October Bridge located in Cairo was completed.

Hope with these facts, Obejor Blog has helped you understand some facts about Nigeria.