We have 10 shocking facts about Nigeria you probably have not heard of before especially number 6 and 11
Nigeria is a great nation with great people from diverse cultures. Most of us today take our time to criticize the country but fail to appreciate the greatness we have with us. let us take a look at some amazing facts about the country you probably didn’t know about until now.
1. Nigeria is home to seven percent (7%) of the total languages spoken on earth.
Among the shocking facts about Nigeria is that Taraba state alone has more languages than 30 African countries. The world houses around 6500 languages, I guess you know what Taraba would look like with the 7% of 6500.
2. Sarki Muhammad Kanta The Great of Kebbi, was the only ruler who resisted control by Songhai, West Africa’s greatest empire at that time.
He founded and ruled the Hausa city-state of Kebbi around 1600 A.D and built Surame its capital, a planned city that was almost impossible to penetrate during the war. In fact UNESCO describes Surame as “one of the wonders of human history, creativity and ingenuity”, and probably the most massive stone-walled constructions in West Africa. He is listed in Robin Walker’s 50 Greatest Africans.
3. Among the shocking facts about Nigeria is The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD) in present-day Edo State
This is one of the longest ancient earthworks in the world, and probably the largest man-made structure on earth. They enclose 6500 square kilometers of community lands that connected about 500 communities. At over 16000km long, it was thought to be twice the length of the Great Wall of China, until it was announced in 2012 (after five years of meticulous measurement by Chinese surveyors) that the Great Wall is about 21,000km long.
4. The Niger Delta (which is the second-largest delta on the planet), has the highest concentration of monotypic fish families in the world, and is also home to sixty percent of Nigeria’s mangrove forests. You should know too that Nigeria’s mangrove forests are the largest in Africa and the third largest on earth.
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5. According to the World Resources Institute, Nigeria is home to 4,715 different types of plant species, and over 550 species of breeding birds and mammals, making it one of the most ecologically vibrant places of the planet.
6. Ile-Ife, in present-day Osun State, 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 millennium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America.
7. Africa’s oldest known boat is The Dufuna canoe which was discovered in Dufuna village, Yobe state, by a Fulani Herdsman in May 1987, while he dug a well. Various radio-carbon tests conducted in laboratories of reputable universities in Europe and America indicate that the canoe is over 8,000 years old, thus making it the oldest in Africa and 3rd oldest in the world. The discovery of the canoe has completely changed accepted theories of the history and sophistication of marine technology in Africa.
8. The Yoruba tribe has the highest rate of twin births in the world. Igbo-Ora, a little town in Oyo state, has been nicknamed Twin capital of the World because of its unusually high rate of twins that is put as high as 158 twins per 1000 births. In a video I watched last year on YouTube presented by Titi (a white lady who speaks Yoruba), and which was centered on twin births in Igbo-Ora, one of the locals boasted that every family in the town has at least one twin!
Here are some weird shocking facts about Nigeria in history
1. Do you know A brand new car sold for N2000 in 1975?
2. A ticket to London was less than N100 in 1975.
3. In 1976, 75 kobo exchanged for one British Pound
4. 60 kobo exchanged for one US dollar in 1976
5. A dollar was 90 kobo at the beginning of Babangida’s term in 1985.
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