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Nigeria At 58: 20 Unknown Facts About Nigeria As We Mark 58th Year Of Independence Today

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20 Unknown Facts About Nigeria As We Mark 58th Year Of Independence Today

Every 1st of October is known as Nigeria’s independence day. Going down memory lane, we all know Nigeria got her independence on the 1st of October 1960, this was the day we became free from the leadership of British colonialists.

To celebrate our independence today, we have decided to take you through dark paths with a torch.??.

Here are 20 facts you don’t know about Nigeria!

1) Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa

Seeing this at first, I also thought it is some sort of joke not until I researched more and found out this is actually true. Nigeria indeed has more people than any other country in Africa!.

2) Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups

To crown Nigeria’s population is diversity in languages. Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups!.

I bet you only know the Yorubas, the Ibos, the Hausas, the Ijaws etc, have you ever heard of the Gbayis, the Affadas, the Amos, the Banks and so on!.

3) West Africa’s longest river is located in Nigeria

Nigeria’s River Niger is West Africa’s longest river spanning about 4,180km from its source in the highlands of Guinea in South Eastern Guinea. It is largely known as the Niger Delta or the oil’s river.

4) Nigeria is one of the oldest location of human existence

From archaeological reports, it has been discovered that Nigeria is one of the oldest location for the first humans on earth as existence in Nigeria has been dated back to as far as 9000BC.

5)  Nigeria has the world’s largest diversity of butterflies

So you think the world’s first and best belongs the UK,USA and the likes?, let me give you a shocker!. Nigeria boasts of the world’s most colorful creatures, butterflies.

It is widely believed that this is found in Calabar, Cross River State and other southern part of Nigeria.

6) Nigeria has the longest bridge in Africa

Nigeria’s Third Mainland bridge in Lagos state is Africa’s longest bridge. It measures around 11.8km and was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.

7) Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of crude oil in the world

Yes you read that right. Nigeria produces averagely 2,525,000 barrels per day making it the 12th largest producer of oil in the world. Not only this, Nigeria is also the 8th largest exporter of oil

and the 10th largest petroleum reserve worldwide. This is why Nigeria has over 300 secret oil billionaires and counting till day.

8) The Richest man in Africa is a Nigerian

When you see your Dangote sugar, Dangote salt,Dangote cement etc you already know this man. Aliko Dangote is unarguably the richest man in Africa and he is a Nigerian!.

Folks what excuse have we got?.

9) The Yoruba tribe of Nigeria has the highest rate of twinning (bearing of twins) in the world

The western part of Nigeria holds the highest rate of twins birth world wide particularly the Igbo ora village in Oyo state,western Nigeria.

10) Nigeria has more Muslims than Saudi Arabia

Even the world’s Muslim seat can compete with us!,you read that right!.

11) The Niger Delta is the second largest Delta in the world

Do you need me to say more?, proudly Deltan!.

12) The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood is the second largest producer of movies in the world

About 200 movies are produced in Nigeria every week!.

13) The walls of Benin are the oldest earthworks in the world

The walls of Benin dates back to the existence of first humans in the world.Yes,it is that old!

14) The indigo birds are found only in Nigeria

The beautiful indigo birds are only found in Nigeria, Jos precisely.

15) Nigeria hosts the first African to win Miss World Beauty Pageant.

Agbani Darego name is written in gold as she paved way for the country and in fact the whole of Africa in the international scene by being the first Africa to win Miss World Beauty Pageant in the 90’s.

16) Nigeria mangroves are the largest in Africa and 3rd largest in the world

Yes, Nigeria’s mangroves are that large!.

17) Nigeria is home to the 6th happiest and most optimistic people in Africa

This fact is funny at first but then lets look deep and see within, truly the world happiness report of 2017 did not lie after all.

18) Nigeria is the 5th largest growing internet population in the world

Of course we can’t argue this fact, with virtually all businesses on Instagram, almost all on Facebook, morning tea on WhatsApp…need I say more???

19) Nigeria is home to the largest monument in Africa and the largest in medieval world

Nigeria’s monument, Sungbos Eredo is the largest in Africa. It took over a million man hours to build than Egypt’s great pyramid of Giza.

#20. Lagos state, Nigeria is the largest growing city in the world

With a growth of 85 people per hour in this cosmopolitan city,one can’t think less!

Now there you go, so which of these facts are you aware about before hand?.Share your thoughts and comments!.



  1. Natasha Williams

    October 1, 2018 at 1:03 AM

    Good write. I must admit it is quite entertaiing, I knew about 5 of them
    thanks for keeping me up to date.
    Happy ind. day nigeria

  2. Mon

    October 1, 2018 at 1:30 AM

    Nigeria used to be a country with so many potentials until #21. We became a country with the most useless, wicked and selfish leaders in the World. #22, the rich and largest country in Africa without electricity, good road, good hospital, no pipe bore water etc in this 21st century. the only giant of a continent (verbally) that her leaders travel abroad to treat an earache.
    Just add your own below, the list goes on. A country I and presumably many of us loved so much before hating her with passion.

    • Dare Oshoko

      October 1, 2018 at 1:54 AM

      Well said brother, I think it is time we start telling each other the truth. Happy ind. my foot

  3. iron bar

    October 1, 2018 at 2:23 AM

    lets not massage our ego because there is no cause for celebration.All the above mentioned things amounts to nothing..Giant ant of africa stilling living in illusions! crap

  4. uzoma

    October 1, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    The only people who will happily celebrate Nigeria independence today are the thieving politicians and their evil partners. What are we celebrating when the masses are walloping in abject poverty and the politicians are raiding the central bank and stuffing their pockets and those of their children with stolen money? Nigeria will regain its glory when we stop celebrating and worshiping criminals who are stealing the country blind.

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