Home > Discover Nigeria > DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES

DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES

---------------------------------------------

The Nigerian Declaration of Independence was signed at the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

---------------------------------------------

At independence in 1960, Nigeria had a population of 36 million people.

---------------------------------------------

Fuji music has its roots in Islamic traditions: it originated from were/ajisari music, which is performed during Ramadan to wake Muslims up to pray before dawn.

---------------------------------------------

The city of Abeokuta (the capital of Ogun State) was originally set up in 1875 as a refuge from slave hunters from Dahomey (modern day Republic of Benin) and Ibadan.

---------------------------------------------

Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was the first African to lead a UN military operation. He was Force Commander of the UN Operation in Congo during the country’s 1960-1966 Crisis.

---------------------------------------------

Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. 

---------------------------------------------

The Benin City Walls are the world’s largest ancient earthworks. Built to protect the city and Oba and completed in the late 15th century, its moats and ramparts originally ran over 16,000 kilometres in length and reached a height of 18 metres.

---------------------------------------------

Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano is the oldest in Nigeria. Operations began there in 1936.

---------------------------------------------

Chinua Achebe almost lost the manuscript for Things Fall Apart - he sent it to a London company offering typing services and did not hear back for several months until Angela Beattie (his boss at the Nigerian Broadcasting Service) went to their offices an

---------------------------------------------

The board game ayo is one of a family of board games played across the world called Mancala. The game is believed to have originated in Ethiopia.

Pages

Subscribe to DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES