By: Omo Jigaloye
Every 1st of October is Nigeria’s Independence day and her citizens both home and abroad join in harmony to celebrate Independence Day. The Independence was attained in 1960 after the long-ruling of the British Colonial Masters.
23 Amazing Facts About Nigeria:
1. We are rich in culture and a diverse multi-ethnic country with over 520 spoken languages. The official language of Nigeria is English.
2. We are the seventh-most populous country in the world, home to more than 200 million people and the most populous nation in Africa.
3. Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, it is situated in the middle of the country and the administrative capital of Nigeria. The skyline of the city, which was built largely in the 1980s, is dominated by Aso Rock, an enormous monolith.
4. Nigeria has abundant natural resources, notably large deposits of petroleum and natural gas and the continent’s biggest oil producer.
5. Largely due to its export market, Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa. While the agricultural industry accounts for approximately 70 percent of the country’s employment, petroleum products are the primary export—accounting for more than 90 percent of Nigeria’s exports.
6. The city of Lagos – Renowned as Africa’s big apple, Lagos is an economic focal point, an industrial hub and a commercial powerhouse to not just Nigerians, but to the world.
7. Nigeria has a tropical climate with variable rainy and dry seasons, depending on location. It is hot and wet most of the year in the southeast, but dry in the southwest and farther inland.
8. Nigerian musicians are making a major impact and penetrating markets across the globe.
9. Nigeria’s film industry, known as Nollywood, is one of the largest film producers in the world, second only to India’s Bollywood.
10. We have great authors/writers like Wole Soyinka who is a Nigerian Nobel laureate, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda to mention but a few
11. Nigerians are known to be one most resilient and happiest people in the world
12. The first black African to be crowned Miss World is from Nigeria.
13. Nigeria stands among one of the top 10 countries with the highest number of internet users, at the top of developed countries like the United Kingdom, South Korea, France and Canada.
14. Nigerians hold the largest number of postgraduate degrees out of any subgroup in the United States.
15. Nigerian cuisine is known for its richness and variety. Nigerian feasts are colourful and lavish and one of them is the popular Nigerian is Jollof Rice, while aromatic market and roadside snacks cooked on barbecues or fried in oil are plentiful and varied.
16. 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.
17. The Third Mainland Bridge, connecting Lagos to the mainland, is one of the longest bridges in Africa.
18. The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined on January 8, 1897, by British journalist Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Lugard, a British colonial administrator.
19. Nigeria is divided into thirty-six states and one Federal Capital Territory, which are further sub-divided into 774 Local Government Areas.
20. Nigeria has a highly developed financial services sector, with a mix of local and international banks, asset management companies, brokerage houses, insurance companies and brokers, private equity funds and investment banks.
21. Nigeria has one of the fastest-growing telecommunications markets in the world basing their largest and most profitable centres in the country
22. Lagos is regarded as one of the largest technology hubs in Africa with its thriving tech ecosystem. Several startups have been built to leverage technology in solving issues across different sectors.
23. Nigeria has a manufacturing industry that includes leather and textiles (centred in Kano, Abeokuta, Onitsha, and Lagos) and also have an indigenous auto manufacturing company located in Nnewi in the eastern part of Nigeria
All these and many more makes us unique and we can be much more. As Nigeria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, we strongly believe that her future is brightly filled with joy, peace and greatness. Let us all join hands together to make Nigeria better and stronger!
Happy Independence Day Nigerians.
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