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DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES

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Nigerian-American basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

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Nigeria's first president Nnamdi Azikiwe spoke Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo (the three major Nigerian languages).

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Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu was the first professor of fine arts at Obafemi Awolowo University.

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In 1979 former president Olusegun Obasanjo nationalised British Petroleum's holdings in Nigeria in protest at the British government's links with Rhodesia's (now Zimbabwe) white-minority regime.

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Until 1904, cowry shells were used as currency in Nigeria.

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Teslim Balogun was the first Nigerian footballer to be signed by a foreign club. He was signed by Petersborough United following the national team’s tour of England in 1949.

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William Akinola Dawodu was the first Nigerian to import cars into the country. His business started in 1905 with a mechanic workshop, and he eventually became the sole agent for Firestone Tyres, Dodge, Charlotte and Reo Motors.

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Zulu Sofola was Africa's first female Professor of Theatre Arts.

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Rashidi Yekini scored Nigeria's first World Cup goal during a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria at USA 1994.

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The Gwari people of Northern Nigeria believe that the head is sacred, and therefore do not carry loads on their heads. Items are carried on the back of the neck.

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