Every first day of October, Nigerians celebrate the country’s break-free from colonisation, and today being the 58th year we gained our independence, here are some facts you may not have known about our great country, Nigeria. Below are 17 facts you probably never knew of Nigeria, my fatherland.
1) 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!.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) Nigeria has more Muslims than Saudi Arabia
Even the world’s Muslim seat can compete with us!,you read that right!.