Nigeria Facts: 9 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Nigeria
Nigeria Facts: 9 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Nigeria.
Today, as Nigeria clocked her 58 years of Independence, I also would want to bring to you fact about Nigeria that relate to Nigeria Histories. Somethings you didn’t know about they really exist. Although Nigeria is always the hot topic of the day, she has some interesting history and facts we should familiarize ourselves with.
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- The Nigerian National flag designed by Micheal Taiwo Akinkumi in 1959, originally have a red quarter sun on the white part as a symbol of divine protection and guidance, but this was removed by the committee.
- The National Youth Service Corps was established by the decree No.24 of 22nd of May,1973, during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.
- Nigeria boasts of being the most habitable place for ‘Butterflies’. It is widely believed that areas surrounding Calabar, Cross River in the Southern part of Nigeria is home to the world’s largest diversity of butterflies.Also check: Nigeria Independence Day
- Nigeria is home to seven percent (7%) of the total languages spoken on earth. Taraba state alone has more languages than 30 African countries.
- The Niger Delta is the second largest delta on the planet. It also has the highest concentration of monotypic fish families in the world, and is also home to sixty percent of Nigeria’s mangrove forests. Nigeria’s mangrove forests are the largest in Africa and third largest on earth.
- Sungbo’s Eredo, a 160 km rampart equipped with guard houses and moats, is reputed to be the largest single pre-colonial monument in Africa. It is located in present-day Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State and when it was built a millennium ago it required more earth to be moved during construction than that used for building the Great Pyramid of Giza (one of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient World). The most astonishing thing is that Sungbo’s Eredo was the biggest city in the world (bigger than Rome and Cairo) during the Middle Ages when it was built!
- The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD), in present day Edo State, are the longest ancient earthworks in the world. They enclose 6500 square kilometers of community lands that connected about 500 communities and is over 16000 km long.
- Ile-Ife, was paved as early as 1000AD, with decorations that originated from Ancient America suggesting there might have been contact between the Yorubas and the Ancient Americans half a millenium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America.
- The Nigerian civil war/ Biafran war lasted for 2 years, 6 months, 1 week and 2 days (6th of July, 1967 to 15th of January, 1970).Now you have some historical monuments to visit as a tourist and facts about some of Nigeria’s government, politics and culture.