#NigeriaHistory: 10 Interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Nigeria

On those days when you feel less motivated and you just want to lay in your bed doing nothing, social media may come in handy as a breath of fresh air. Sometimes it motivates you to do something genius after stumbling upon some cool idea, or encourages you to join some sort of social movement. And, at other times you just end up laughing uncontrollably at something really hilarious that caught your eyes.

For instance, Twitter has morphed into a platform where you can see the world from the comfort of your home – the breaking news, the motivational stories, not forgetting the interesting and hilarious tweets and stories to start your day with.

Everyday, we wake up to hashtags and trends you wouldn’t want to miss – #NigeriaHistory is the latest, showcasing hilarious captions and memes that are sure to crack you up even if you feel particularly grumpy right now.

But come to think of it, even with all that hilariousness on Twitter, Nigeria’s history does have some interesting facts that you probably didn’t hear about in your history class.

Often referred to as the ‘giant of Africa’, Nigeria boasts as one of Africa’s largest economies, and the seventh most populous nation in the world. The African nation of over 200 million fun-loving and exciting people has some of the most interesting tourist attractions on the continent.

I bet you already know that the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria was Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.

But did you know that in 1975, a brand new car sold for only ₦2,000 in Nigeria and an air ticket to London was less than ₦100? Interesting, isn’t it? Let’s get down to ten more interesting facts about Nigeria’s history.

Did you know that?

In 1851 – One of the largest cities in Africa, Kano, made 10 million sandal pairs and 5 million hides for export every year.

In 1965  –  Cocoa house in Ibadan, Oyo was once the tallest building in tropical Africa.

In 1976 – 75 Kobo exchanged for one British Pound Sterling and 60 Kobo for one US dollar.

Until 1984, a travel visa was not required to travel to the United Kingdom.

The Walls of Benin (800 – 1400AD) in present day Edo, are the longest ancient earthworks in the world. They enclose 6500 square kilometres of community lands that connect 500 communities.

On October 1, 1961 – Southern Cameroon ceased to be a part of Nigeria and became a part of Cameroun, following the UN-organised plebiscite of February 11, 1961.

The Jos Plateau Indigo-bird, a small reddish-brown bird, is found nowhere else on earth except in Plateau, Nigeria.

Ile-Ife, in present-day Osun, was paved as early as 1000AD, with decoration originating from Ancient America. This suggests that there might have been some contact between the Yorubas and the ancient Americans half a millennium before Columbus was said to have discovered America.

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