Interesting, Crazy, Mind Blowing Nigeria Facts 

These are the most organized, most interesting, and most informative facts about Nigeria's people, land and culture.

Touching on History, Geography, Sports and lots more, this is your last stop for all Nigeria Facts.

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1.       Mr. H.S Freeman was the first appointed Governor of Lagos Colony

2.       British journalist Flora Shaw, later wife of Lord Frederick Lugard, suggested the name “Nigeria”, describing the area around the River Niger.

3.       The first Nigerian and the first African to be appointed Governor in the Commonwealth was Sir Adesoji Aderemi.

4.       The British colonized Nigeria in the late 19th century through to 1960 when Nigeria became independent.

5.       Nnamdi Azikwe was the first President of the Republic of Nigeria.

6.       The first ever coup in Nigeria was staged by the army in 1966.

7.       The Biafran war started on July 6, 1967.

8.       After more than two million people were reportedly killed, the Biafran War came to an end on January 15, 1970.

9.       Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja is one of the most well planned cities in the country.

10.   Lagos, Nigeria is the country’s second most populous city after Kano and the third most populous in Africa. It was once the capital of Nigeria before the seat of power was shifted to Abuja. Lagos, though, is still the economic and financial capital of the West African giant.

11.   Nigeria is more populous than most countries of the world. Only China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Russia have more citizens.

12.   The most popular lingua franca in Nigeria is ‘Pidgin’ otherwise called ‘Broken English’.

13.   Nigeria is the sixth largest producer of oil in the world.

14.   Nigeria is among the top 5 producers of cocoa beans in the world.

15.   The second largest deposit of bitumen can be found in Nigeria.

16.   The Faith Tabernacle of Winners Chapel Church, Otta, Nigeria is the largest church auditorium in the world.

17.    There are more Muslims in Nigeria (60 million) than there are in Saudi Arabia (20 million). The country also has the largest Muslim population in Africa.

18.   Nigeria contains two species of the rarest animals in the world: the lowland Gorilla and the Drill monkey.

19.   The economy of Nigeria is greater than that of the rest of West Africa combined.

20.   The pastor of the largest church in the United Kingdom, Mathew Ashimolowo of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, is a Nigerian.

21.   Yankari National Park, Nigeria’s most popular national park is located in the savannah of the north-east.

22.   Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups, the three largest of which are the Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo. 

23.   The currency of Nigeria is called the Naira.

24.   English is the official language of Nigeria and is used for official purposes. In rural areas, though, many indigenous languages are more commonly spoken.

25.   The two largest rivers in Nigeria are the River Benue and the River Niger.

26.   Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria. The English Premier League is the most widely followed league football in the country.

27.   The Super Eagles, Nigeria’s national football team, have made 5 appearances at the World Cup, won the African Cup of Nations 3 times and won the football gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.

28.   Nigeria is a mix of Christianity, Islam and indigenous beliefs. Islam dominates the North. Christianity is concentrated in the South.

29.   Nigeria’s four main international airports are located in Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

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