There are over 4,600 people worldwide with the last name "Hitler," the majority of which live in Nigeria. forebears.io/surnames/hit…
During the 19th century, a Scottish missionary named Mary Slessor lived in Nigeria, where she helped end the practice of killing twin babies among the Efik tribe. The natives believed mothers who gave birth to twins were guilty of a sin and they accused them of procreating with an evil spirit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The majority of African migrants in the United States are from Nigeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Before 1975, the BBC overwrote or destroyed old show tapes. Hundreds of Doctor Who episodes were thought lost forever, until a worldwide hunt began to turn them upβ€”e.g. 2 in a London Mormon Church, and a goldmine 9 in Nigeria (employees had ignored instructions to burn them). 97 remain unfound. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In the 2000s Guinness was marketed in Africa by a James Bond type character called Michael Power. This campaign was so successful Nigeria became the third largest consumer of Guinness in the world. They even made a Michael Power movie. youtube.com/watch?v=ZMmzU…
33% of women in Nigeria reported that their husbands have more than one wife; polygamy is recognised and regulated by the civil law that allows a man to marry up to four women under certain conditions west-africa-brief.org/con…
In 2013, 9 lost episodes of Doctor Who from 1968 were found in the storeroom of a TV station in Nigeria cbsnews.com/news/lost-doc…
The government of Nigeria has to pay a high interest rate on bonds in part because of the high fertility rate; there are many children and less savings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
, That despite its popular use in scams and pop culture, Nigeria doesn't have a Monarchy and hasn't had one since 1963 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Queen Elizabeth II was the Queen of Nigeria in 1960-1963 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
The Yoruba people of Nigeria have the highest rate of twin birth probably because of a type of yam that they eat. medicine.yale.edu/news/ya…
The guy who played the Xenomorph in β€˜Alien’ was a 7’2” man from Nigeria named Bolanji Badejo. He was discovered by a member of Ridley Scott’s casting team by chance in a pub in Soho. His role as the Xenomorph was his only film credit ever. cnn.com/2016/03/07/africa…
The two sides in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire to watch PelΓ© when he and his team came to visit Nigeria in 1967. britannica.com/biography/…
In 1969, a civil war in Nigeria held a ceasefire for a couple of days to watch a match of Pelé’s Santos. The governor decreted a holiday and opened the city’s bridge without any restrictions so everyone could watch the game. afroballers.com/the-story…
Nigeria drinks more Guinness than Ireland edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
Nigeria is the third largest English speaking country, behind India and United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
St Patrick, as well as being Patron St of Ireland, is also Patron St of Nigeria! And their Guinness is almost twice as potent. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
Chinese leader Sun Yun-suan was credited for overseeing the transformation of Taiwan from being a mainly agricultural economy to an export powerhouse. Sun was also sent to Nigeria and he increased Nigeria's power supply by 88% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Nigeria is being sued by a company called P&ID, who have been awarded $9 billion, but the whole case may have been built on a scam. bloomberg.com/news/featur…
The Lekki Conservation Center In Lekki, Nigeria, is an oasis of nature within the urban chaos of Lagos, and the suspended canopy walkway that rises over the reserve is the longest in all of Africa atlasobscura.com/places/l…
During the 1967 war between Biafra and Nigeria, Biafra established a puppet state called the Republic of Benin, that lasted one day before being occupied by Nigeria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Today I learned of Efunroye Tinubu, a powerful slave trader in 19th century Nigeria. She was thought to have been so unapologetic and profit minded, she attempted to subvert a British anti-slavery treaty and, after a slave trade went wrong, said she: "would rather drown the slaves than sell them at a discount." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efu…
Nigerian scam made Emmanuel Nwude $242 million richer. He sold a non-existent airport to Nelson Sakaguchi, a director of bank. Nwude has become Nigeria's fraud kingpin after pulling off one of the biggest 'deals' in history. legit.ng/1100779-the-stor…
9 missing episodes of the 1960s Dr Who series were found in a TV station in Nigeria. They’d been left there in the 60s-70s for foreign syndication. It was the largest haul of classic Who episodes ever recovered in the last three decades. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
The BBC publishes in the informal oral language of Nigerian Pidgin, which is spoken by ~75mil people across Nigeria and neighbouring countries, but due to its informality and variety of dialects does not currently have an agreed written form. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afri…
Nigeria still has 160,000 annual deaths due to AIDS, while in Swaziland more than 1 in 4 adults has it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Yoruba people of Nigeria have among the highest birthrates of twins in the world, but that a specific town in the country - Igbo-Ora - produces more twins than anywhere in the world. So many twins are born in Igbo-Ora that the town holds a festival to celebrate them. bbc.com/news/av/world-afr…
Today I learned of Igbo Ora, a town in Nigeria known as the β€œtwins capital of the world”. It’s in the south west part of Nigeria which has a documented 50 sets of twins born out of every 1,000 births. Locals say it is due to an okra leaf they eat. One woman says it’s responsible for her having 8 pairs of twins. reuters.com/article/us-ni…
Ben Enwonwu was one of the first African artists to win critical acclaim, having exhibited in Europe and the US. During her visit to Nigeria in 1956, Queen Elizabeth II commissioned and sat for a portrait sculpture by Enwonwu and a crater on Mercury is named in his honour en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Nigeria drinks more Guinness than Ireland!!! edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
The national language of Nigeria is English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The richest preacher in the world is David Oyedepo of Nigeria, with a net worth of $150 Million. The 63-year old pastor owns 2 private jets, a $10 million house, and controls churches in 45 African nations. informationng.com/2018/01…
Film Industry of Nigeria (Nollywood) was ranked as world's second largest film producer with 872 films in 2009, ahead of the United States(485), Japan(417), China(330), and France(203). It was only left behind by India with 1091 films. news.un.org/en/story/2009…
The name "Nigeria" was coined by Flora Shaw, the wife of the first Governor-General of Nigeria (1914-1919) Fredrick Lugard, for the British Protectorate on the Niger River. Lugard had merged the Northern and Southern Protectorates to form one country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
In 1803, the Igbo people (ethnic group from Nigeria) managed to take control of their slave ship. They committed mass suicide instead of submitting to slavery in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igb…
It’s illegal to wear camouflage in: Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia or Zimbabwe. You probably won’t end up in jail, but you can expect to part ways with all your camouflage gear. godsavethepoints.com/camo…
During the regime of General Sani Abacha (1993-98), Wole Soyinka (first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature) escaped from Nigeria. Abacha later proclaimed a death sentence against him "in absentia." With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, Soyinka returned to his nation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Among the 10 richest pastors on the world, 5 are located in Africa (Nigeria and Zimbabwe) moneyinc.com/richest-past…
The worst performing district in terms of HDI in the Philippines is on the same level as Nigeria's poorest state, while the best performing district in the Philippines performs as well as Slovakia. ph.undp.org/content/phili…
Unilever originated in part as the British Royal Niger Company and at one point controlled much of modern Nigeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
A Nigerian scam artist sold a fake airport for $242 million by impersonating the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emm…
The countries of Niger and Nigeria are named after the Niger River. The river takes its name from the Berber phrase "ger-n-ger" meaning "river of rivers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Nigeria suffered the most looting in Africa. At the National Museum in Ile-Ife in 1994, thieves with an inside contact smashed open 11 display cases and took off with terra-cotta and brass heads worth about $200 million. It was the museum's third burglary that year content.time.com/time/wor…
When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria in 1967, writer Chinua Achebe supported Biafran independence and acted as ambassador for the new nation. He was politically involved after Nigeria retook Biafra but soon resigned due to frustration over the corruption and elitism he witnessed booksafricana.com/book-au…
Eighty percent of babies in Nigeria receive pre-chewed food, as do a quarter of infants in Gabon. Ethnographers have documented premastication on every continent and in every type of society from hunter-gatherers to farmers undark.org/article/premas…
A London couple kept a man from Nigeria as their slave for 24 years before he finally escaped. After their arrests they were sentenced to 6 years in prison. bbc.com/news/uk-england-l…
Millennium Park in Abuja, Nigeria, visually links the enormous Cotton Tree, a holy tree situated on one side of the Millennium Park, with Aso Rock, the holy Rock. The park, conceived and designed by the Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti, was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Nok terracotta artwork dating back to 1500 BC were discovered in modern-day central Nigeria in the 1940s. The terracottas are now in great demand in the Western art market, and scholars believe that the international art market is solely responsible for the looting of almost all Nok sites newafricanmagazine.com/40…
Today I learned about Ogbunigwe, a family of surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles developed in Biafra during the war with Nigeria. They were the first rockets developed in Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogb…
The ancient Kingdom of Benin (Edo State, Nigeria) has the largest man-made structure, considered as the largest single archaeological phenomenon on earth. Four times longer than the Great Wall of China, and consumed a hundred times more material than the Great Pyramid of Giza. face2faceafrica.com/artic…

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