I’m a proud Nigerian, though some folks give us a bad image which makes the rest of us feel totally irked sometimes but hey, when i see how much that beautiful place has achieved even in ancient times, I can’t help but feel proud again. Do checkout these amazing facts about my country!
And nope, they’re not fabricated, you look it up yourself. I type that with a big grin across my face.
1. Ile-Ife, in present day Osun State, west of the country, 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 millenium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America. The origin of the pavement is explained in a popular story: according to Yoruba mythology, Queen Oluwo ordered the construction of the pavement when her robes were muddied in the dirt.
I guess they couldn’t wait for the washing machine.
2. The Niger Delta in the southernmost part of Nigeria is home to sixty percent (60%) of Nigeria’s mangrove forests. Nigeria’s mangrove forests are the largest in Africa and third largest in the world.
3. Nigeria is home to seven percent (7%) of the total languages spoken on earth. One particular state alone, Taraba state, in the north, has more languages than 30 African countries! We talk alot. And we talk alot in alot of languages
4. The Anambra waxbill, a small bird of many beautiful colours, is found only in Southern Nigeria and nowhere else on earth. It is known with certainty from only five reported sightings!
5. Sarki Abdullah Burja of Kano (ruled 1438-1452 AD), the 18th ruler of Ancient Kano, created the first Golden Age in Northern Nigeria and ushered in a period of great prosperity. During his reign, Hausa became the biggest indigenous language spoken in Africa after Swahili. He is on the list of 50 Greatest Africans in Robin Walker’s book, “When We Ruled”.
6. Sungbo’s Eredo, a 160 km rampart equipped with guard houses and moats, is reputed to be the largest single pre-colonial monument in Africa. It is located in present-day Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
when it was built a millennium ago, it required more earth to be moved during construction than that used for building the Pyramid of Giza. Dayuum!
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, as he dug a well. Carbon dating tests from European and American laboratories 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 Jos Plateau Indigobird, a small reddish-brown bird, is found nowhere else on the planet but Plateau state, Nigeria.
it mimicks the trilling song and calls of the Rock Firefinch.
9. 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 which was almost impossible to penetrate during war. UNESCO actualy 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.
That looks formidable enough!
10. The Walls of Benin, in present day Edo State, are one of the longest ancient earthworks in the world. They enclose 6500 square kilometers of community lands that connected about 500 communities. At over 16000km long. The Great Wall of China is about 21,000km long. It was estimated that earliest construction began in 800 AD and continued into the mid-1400s
11. 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.
Don’t forget what country we’re talking about here. Nigeria!
Alright, let’s move on…
12. The Niger Delta (the second largest delta on earth, remember?), has the highest concentration of monotypic fish families in the world.
13. 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.
Now is that amazing or what?? Makes me wanna visit. Oh, wait, I live there.
Sources: Nairaland, Birdlife.org, metmuseum.org, ilike2learn.com, Wikipedia, whenweruled.com