Some Interesting facts about Nigeria
- Travel Visa was not required to travel to the United Kingdom till 1984.
- In 1976, 75 kobo exchanged for one British Pound and 60 kobo for one US dollar.
- Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa is 160th out of 177 countries in HDI (Human Development Index).
- Nigeria has the highest paid legislators in the entire world.
- Kano: In 1851, this city, one of the largest in Africa, made 10 million sandal pairs and 5 million hides for export every year.
- Yobe: The oldest discovered boat in Africa, and 3rd oldest on the world, the 8500 yr old Dufuna canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in 1987 in Dufuna village, Fune LGA.
- Akwa Ibom: King Jaja of Opobo (1821–1891) founded Opobo city-state in 1867 and shipped palm oil to Britain independently of British middle men.
- 1st republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi hid former South African President, Nelson Mandela, for six months in Nigeria to evade his arrest by the apartheid regime.
- Activist Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome-Kuti travelled widely, including to the Eastern bloc (Hungary, USSR and China where she met Mao Zedong). These interactions angered Nigeria, Britain and America. America called her a communist and refused her a U.S. Visa.
- There are several Nigerian officials in the government of English speaking The Gambia.
- Lagos’ population in 1872 was 60,000. By 2015 it will be the third largest city in the entire world
- A brand new car sold for N2000 in 1975. A ticket to London was less than N100 in 1975
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