13 Amazing Facts About The Giant Of Africa – Nigeria

  1. Nigeria nicknamed as the ‘Giant of Africa’

Nigeria’s  nickname is the ‘Giant of Africa’ , because of two factors, which are its huge population and economy. The country is quite famous for her ethnicities, diverse languages, and much more.

Fig: Nigeria, the Giant of Africa

2. Nigeria, referred to as ‘she/her’

Nigeria is referred to as ‘she/her’ because of its concept of motherhood attached to the country. ‘Nigeria’ was first coined by Lady Lugard in an 1897 London Times article which also might be the reason for the country to be called ‘she/her’.

Fig: Nigeria – ‘she/her’

3. Niger Delta is the largest, and Mangrove forest is the third-largest in the world

An incredible fact about the country is that the Niger Delta is the largest wetland in Africa, and the Mangrove forest is the third-largest in the world.

Fig: Mangrove forest in Nigeria

4. Home to world’s richest people

Do you know who is the richest man in Africa? Well, he is a Nigerian and his name is Aliko Dangote who also is the world’s 162nd wealthiest person in the world. Folorunso Alakija is one of the richest African women and one of the richest black women in the world. 

Fig: Aliko Dangote, world’s 162nd wealthiest person

5. Largest Oil Producing country in Africa

You’d be amazed to know that she is the largest oil-producing country in Africa, while being the 11th largest in the world.

Island Gas Ltd. oil well © Chris cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph Britain and  Ireland
Fig: World’s Largest oil Producer

6. Nigerian Rice tastes better in the season of grief

A fact might interest you, is that the season for grief is considered to be nice than that of celebration, you might be thinking that what is it all about, right? Well, the Nigerians believe, that the rice served on a Burial tastes better than the rice served on a wedding.

Fig: Nigerian cuisine

7. Nigerians do believe in superstitions

Like in other African countries, some Nigerians consider the left hand to be unclean and using it to be a sign of disrespect. Those that believe this do not eat, shake hands or receive items with their left hand.

8. Okra leaves and Yams can lead to high birth rate

Many locals of the Yoruba region believe that the consumption of Okra leaves and yams can be a cause for their high birth rate of twins and the reason behind it is that they think that yams have such a hormone that may cause multiple ovulation, resulting in twins.

Fig: Okra leaves

9. Nigeria is home to the Drill Monkey

The drill monkey is native to Nigeria, and it is only found in one other country.

Fig: Drill Monkey

10. Oldest Boat in Africa can be found in Yobe

Africa’s oldest boat – and the third oldest boat in the world – was discovered in Yobe. The Dufana Canoe is over 6,500 years old.

11. Nigeria has Africa’s biggest historical monument

Nigeria’s Third Mainland Bridge is the largest in Africa. In fact, Nigeria is believed to have the biggest historical monument of Africa ‘Jesus de Greatest’ which is a statue of Jesus Christ located in Abajah village in Imo State, Nigeria.

Fig: ‘Jesus de Greatest’

12. First African Country to win Gold in Olympics

Nigeria was the first African country to win gold medal for football in the Olympics. The national team has won the African Cup of Nations a total of three times.

Fig: Winner of the African Cup of Nations

13. World’s Fastest Computer designed by a Nigerian

You’d be surprised to know that the World’s fastest supercomputer was designed by a world-renowned inventor and scientist, Philip Emeagwali, a full-blown Nigerian whose patency was awarded in 2015. This means Nigeria has the patency to the world’s fastest computer.

Fig: World’s Fastest Computer designed by a Nigerian

Also, did you know? Sudan isn’t that far from Nigeria, you can check out some interesting facts about Sudan in the link here!

So, that was all for Nigeria, the Giant Of Africa. We’ll be back with another amazing article or video!

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