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DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES

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In the 1960s and 70s, the Nigerian government funded bookmobiles which connected readers in rural communities to books and library resources.

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The talking drum (one of the oldest instruments from West Africa) is called 'dundun' by the Yoruba and 'kalangu' by the Hausa.

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Tropical Africa's first skyscraper was built by Obafemi Awolowo. Cocoa House is located in Ibadan, Oyo State.

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Nigeria accounts for 70-76% of the world’s yam production.

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Kenneth Dike was the first Nigerian Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

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The Songhai Empire, one of the largest Islamic empires, encompassed parts of Northern Nigeria.

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Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu's art was first exhibited in London when he was just a teenager.

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Nigerian staple food cassava was brought to West Africa from Brazil by the Portuguese.

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A 3-day ceasefire was declared during the Nigerian Civil War in 1969 so that Brazilian football legend Pele could play exhibition matches in the country.

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Nigerian football coach Stephen Keshi's parents did not want him to play football as a child. They found out he had gone behind their backs when they saw him playing for the Nigerian youth team on television.

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