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1. The River Niger Bridge at Onitsha was constructed between 1964 and
1965 by Dumez- a French construction company and cost £5 million.
2. Patience Jonathan is one of Nigeria’s most-educated First Ladies, with
an NCE, a B.Ed, and a PhD from University of Port-Harcourt.
3. The highest peak in Nigeria is located in Taraba and is called Chappal
Waddi which means “The Mountain of Death”.
4. There are 196 countries in the world and at least one Igbo person from
Nigeria lives in every one of them.
5. The Pidgin word ‘Sabi’ came from ‘Saber’, Portuguese and Spanish
for ‘to know’. Both country’s ships traded slaves from the Bight of
6. Katsina College (now Barewa College in Zaria) has produced 5
Nigerian Presidents/Heads of State since it was founded in 1921 in
7. Ojukwu taught Murtala Mohammed and Ben Adekunle at Regular
Officers Special Training School, Ghana. Both ‘fought’ their teacher
during the civil war.
8. At Nigeria’s independence in 1960, there were 41 Secondary Schools
in the North and 842 Secondary Schools in the South.
9. In 1983, Senator Arthur Nzeribe spent $16.5 million to win a
Senatorial seat in Orlu (in Imo State).
10. In 1973, the Federal Government of Nigeria considered officially
changing the name of “Lagos” to “Eko”. Regarding “Lagos” as a colonial
11. The geographical area now referred to as Nigeria was once referred to
as ‘Soudan’ and ‘Nigiritia’.
12. Offences punishable by death sentence after the 1966 coup included
embezzlement, [email protected] and H0m0sexuality.
13. MKO Abiola was named Kashimawo (Let us wait and see) by his
parents. He was his father’s twenty-third child, but the first to survive
14. Jaja Wachucku was the first person to refer to Lagos as a “no-man’s
land” in 1947, provoking a national controversy.
15. Jollof rice, chicken Bosom , serve of ice cream, tea, coffee or
Bournvita, with full cream milk and sugar: Meal Cost = 50Kobo- Unilag
in the late 1970s
16. At the point death in 1989, Sam Okwaraji was a PhD candidate and
qualified lawyer with an LL.M in International Law (University of
17. When British Bank of West Africa (now First Bank) opened a branch
in Kano in 1929, Alhassan Dantata (Dangote’s Grandfather) opened an
account depositing 20 camel-loads of silver coins.
18. Jaja Wachuku is reputed to have owned the biggest one-man library
in West Africa. Balewa sometimes referred to him as “Most Bookish
19. The colonization of Nigeria took more than 40 years to achieve and
the territories were integrated by the use of force.
20. Yoruba is spoken as a ritual language the Santeria cult in Carribean
and South-Central America.
21. Slavery existed in the Nigerian territory before the 15th century and
was abolished in the 19th century- 1807 by the British.
22. At least 55 women were killed in South-East Nigeria, in 1929 when
the women forced the Umuahia warrant chiefs to submit to their rule.
23. The coinage ‘Supreme Court’ was first used in 1863 by the colonial
administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance
24. MKO Abiola died suddenly on July 7, 1998, exactly one month after
General Sani Abacha died mysteriously on June 8, 1998.
25. Agbani Darego was the only one to wear a maillot as opposed to a
bikini during the Miss Universe contest in 2001.
26. The ‘Ankara’ material is not indigenous to Nigeria. Our indigenous
textiles include the Akwete, Ukara, Aso-Oke and Adire.
27. Aloma Mukhtar is the first female lawyer from the North and went
on to become the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
28. The area known as Makoro town in Lagos was first a swamp, later
sand-filled by the colonial government and served as the first bridge to
29. Esie Museum is Nigeria’s first museum, established in 1945. Once
reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
30. Aminu Kano formed the Northern Teachers’ Association (NTA) in
1948, the first successful regional organization in the history of the
31. George Goldie, who played a major role in founding Nigeria, placed
a curse on anyone who attempts to write his biography.
32. In 1996, John Ogbu, a Nigerian Anthropologist firmly advocated for
the use of African-American Vernacular to teach in the U.S
33. Hause Language indigenous to Northern Nigeria is spoken in 11
African States. Germany, French, U.S., and British International radio
stations broadcast in Hausa.
34. The surgeon who ‘killed’ Stella Obasanjo was sentenced to 1 year in
prison, disqualified for 3 years and fined €120,000.
35. The word ‘asiri’ means ‘secret’ in Hausa, Yoruba, Nupe and Igarra. It
also means ‘gossip’ in Igbo.
36. Igbo-Ora in Oyo State, Kodinji in India and Candido Godoi in Brazil
are the towns that produce the highest number of twin births in the world.
37. Bishop Ajayi Crowther, a Yoruba, in 1857 produced a reading book
for the Igbo Language and a full grammar and vocabulary of NUPE in
38. The first TV broadcast in Nigeria and Tropical Africa was on October
39. In 1978, a 50Kobo increase (from #1.50 to #2) in the cost of
University Students’ meal per day caused the ‘Ali Must Go’ protests.
40. Albert E. Kitson discovered coal in Enugu in 1909. This discovery
led to the building of Port-Harcourt town in 1912.
41. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil. More
than 3.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported to
42. Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata
to stack bags before export.
43. In 1967, old traditional ruler, Oba Akran and A. Ademiluyi were
jailed for 14 years (7 each) for stealing £504,750 (#2.5b).
44. Since 1960, Nigeria has been either ruled by an ex-lecturer/ex-
teacher or military man. The only exceptions are Azikiwe and Shonekan.
45. If you visited Lagos in 1975, you could spend a day at the
Presidential Suite of Federal Palace Hotel for #100, single room for #19.
46. The first aircraft to land in Nigeria landed in Kano in July 1925. A
British fighter jet flew from Khartoum (present day Sudan).
47. In 1895, Koko of Nembe (now in Bayelsa) took 60 white men
hostage. When the British refused his demands, more than 40 of those
men were eaten.
48. The ‘Naira’ was coined by Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he was
serving as the Federal Commissioner of Finance.
49. Koma Hill (settlement in Adamawa where people lived and practised
the killing of twins) was discovered in 1986 by a NYSC corps member.
50. The pilot (Francis Osakwe) that flew Ojukwu away from Biafra
(1970) was the same pilot that flew Gowon to Uganda (last flight as Head
51. In 1986, Shehu Shagari was banned from participation in politics for
life. The ban has still not been lifted.
52. As the wife of the deputy Head of State (Vice President of Nigeria) in
1984, Biodun Idiagbon personally ran a small ice cream shop in Ilorin..
53. Koma Hills (Adamawa State) inhabitants when discovered were
observed to engage in the practise of borrowing wives among
54. Juju, Dashiki, Yam and Okra are words in the English dictionary that originated from ethnic groups located .
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