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DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES

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"Naija", a slang term for Nigeria, also means "daughter of wisdom" in Hindi.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe is the only individual whose name has appeared in a democratic constitution (in Nigeria's 1963 Republican Constitution).

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Hubert Ogunde, Nigerian actor, playwright and musician, once appeared alongside Pierce Brosnan (best known for playing James Bond) in the movie Mister Johnson. The movie was filmed in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

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Nigeria’s first railway line opened in 1901 and ran from Iddo (in Lagos) to Ibadan (the capital of Oyo State).

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The Nok civilisation is Nigeria’s most ancient culture. It dates back to around 900 BC and is famous for its terracotta sculptures and ironwork.

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The naira, Nigeria’s currency, was named by Obafemi Awolowo.

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The area surrounding Calabar (the capital of Cross River State) is believed to contain the world's largest diversity of butterflies.

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The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach Nigeria (in 1472).

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Nigeria’s national anthem from 1960 to 1978 was “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”.

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Chappal Waddi, a mountain located in Gashaka Forest Reserve in Taraba State, is the highest point of elevation in Nigeria at 2,419 metres.

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