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DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES

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The University of Ibadan, the oldest university in Nigeria, traces its origins to Yaba College (which was established in 1932).

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The first black woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Oxford University was Nigerian educationist and writer Lady Kofo Ademola.

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The oldest known boat on the African continent was found in Nigeria. The Dufuna Canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in May 1987 in the region of the Yobe River.

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Niger State is the largest in Nigeria with a land mass of 76,363 square kilometres.

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The first black woman to receive an undergraduate degree from Oxford University was Nigerian educationist and writer Lady Kofo Ademola.

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The oldest known boat on the African continent was found in Nigeria. The Dufuna Canoe was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in May 1987 in the region of the Yobe River.

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Nigerians have won the Caine Prize for African Writing more times than writers from any other country. Past winners include Rotimi Babatunde (2012), EC Osundu (2009), SA Afolabi (2005) and Helon Habila (2001).

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The name Lagos is the Portuguese term for "lakes".

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The popular Nigerian snack akara is also eaten in Brazil (where it goes by the name acarajé).

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Queen Elizabeth II remained Nigeria’s official head of state until the First Republic was declared in 1963.

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