June 17, 2021 3 min read

The 1st of October means two things!
It is the first official day of Black History Month and it is also Nigerian Independence Day. Omo Naija toh baddd!!
In honour of this historical month we are bringing you Ten Facts on Nigeria in honour of Nigerian Independence Day !! 
Let's Go!! 

ONE 

Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria but it isn't the capital. The capital city Abuja is one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a population of 6 million in its metropolitan area, Lagos on the other hand has a population of 21 million people and is one of the most populous cities in the world!  Nigeria is the seventh-most populous country in the world, home to more than 200 million people. 

TWO 

Nigerian are one of the most ethnically diverse groups in Africa. More than 250 ethnic groups call Nigeria home, the biggest being Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba!

THREE

Nigeria is most known for its oil-petroleum production and export. It remains Africa's largest oil producer with 70% of the government's revenue coming from oil sales!

FOUR

The oldest iron smelting forge is in Nigeria and because of that people were able to go from  the stone age right to the iron age bypassing the bronze age. 

FIVE 

Africans had always believed in the existence of the Supernatural even before Europeans came to colonise them. They believed in a Supreme natural being who created everything on earth. Oshun has her origin in Yoruba, and she is the god of sweet and freshwaters. She always has a mirror to admire her beauty. Oshun is revered by many for her abilities to heal the sick, foster prosperity, and bring fertility.

SIX

The languages of Nigeria are classified into three broad linguistic groups: Niger-CongoNilo-Saharan, and Afro-AsiaticThere are over 500 different languages spoken in Nigeria by different tribes and even though English is considered the official language of the nation some of the other major languages include Yoruba, Igbo, Edo, Hausa and Tiv. 

SEVEN

In Nollywood around 200 movies are produced every week on estimate making the Nigerian Entertainment industry Nollywood bigger than Hollywood and second in the world after Bollywood.

EIGHT

 

"Dangote, Dangote
Dangote still dey find money o"

Nigeria is home to Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa. Mr Dangote's business interests lay in agriculture, banking, cement, manufacturing, salt and sugar and have earned him his net worth of more than $12 billion. Now you really understand why Burna Boy's - Dangote HITS!

NINE

 

Like in most West African countries, some Nigerians consider the left hand to be unclean as it is used to wipe your bum and using it for other things to be a sign of disrespect. Those that believe this do not eat, shake hands or receive items with their left hand. Other cultural values include not looking someone in the eye. In Nigeria it's expected to avoid eye contact especially if you're younger talking to someone older than you. It is perceived as aggressive and disrespectful.

TEN

 

There has been many historical dynasties over time and evidence of human life in Nigeria dates as far back as 9000BC. West Africa’s oldest civilisation, The Nok, have been in the country since 1000 BC.

BONUS FACT 

The people of the Igbo Ora within the Yoruba group of Nigeria has the highest rate of twin births in the world. It is believed by some that the group’s consumption of yams contributes to this.

These are just a handful of wonderful facts about Nigeria!! We didn't even get into the impact of Nigeria on music, fashion and culture but we will leave that for next time. We hope you use this day to enjoy all the Pepper soup, Yam Porridge and Pounded Yam.

Jenifer Nguyen
Jenifer Nguyen


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