Historical Facts About Nigeria


In 1991, a certain man in Nigeria named Prophet Daniel Abodunrin got himself devoured when he was trying to recreate the biblical story of Daniel by entering a lion’s cage in a zoo in Ibadan, Western Nigeria. Apparently, unlike him, the lions didn’t hear the voice of God.


The Moremi Statue of Liberty in Ile-Ife is 42 feet high. It is the tallest statue in Nigeria and the third tallest in Africa. The tallest statue in Africa, African Renaissance Monument, is located in Senegal, and the second tallest is the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt.


The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna is the only Military University in Nigeria. Training in this academy spans five years; four years of academic studies and 1 year of military training. The NDA is one of the best military academies in Africa.

4. There are some cultures that believe it is rude not to look someone in the eye. In Nigeria, however, it is customary to not look somebody in the eye (especially young people to elderly people), for direct eye contact is often seen as a form of disrespect.

5. Nigeria has one of the lowest life expectancy with an average of 52 years. This is due to poor health care, the lack of clean water, and general poor living conditions.


King Jaja of Opobo (1821 – 1891) was a former slave who rose to become a wealthy man by trading in Palm Oil. As at that time, Britain was the world’s 1st industrialised nation and needed Palm Oil as an industrial lubricant. Through King Jaja of Opobo, the natives of the Niger Delta profited immensely from Palm Oil trading. By the year 1870, Palm Oil was the foremost Niger Delta export ahead of slaves.


The above is the exchange rate of the US Dollar to the NIgerian Naira between 1972 and 2019.


Nigeria is blessed with the largest diversity of butterflies in the world. Some areas of Calabar in Cross River State, for example, are believed to harbor the largest diversity of butterflies in the world.

9. Stephen Keshi and Mahmoud El are the only two people in the history of footballing to have won the African Cup of Nations as a player and a coach.

Keshi – 1994 AFCON (Player), 2013 AFCON (Coach)

Mahmoud – 1959 AFCON (Player), 1998 AFCON (Coach)


Brazilian Baracoon in Badagry was built by a slave who negotiated with his captors and masters to supply them slaves in exchange for his freedom. The baracoons consist of small room where slaves to be transported were kept before their journeys. They were usually held there in wait of transport ships.


Emediong Uduak, the 19-year-old Nigerian medical student, is the youngest artist and also the first African to ever have her artwork displayed on the walls of the Cyprus Modern Art Museum.


The Late Umar Musa Yar’adua is the first Nigerian President to publicly declare his assets. A campaign promise he fulfilled when he resumed office. He had assets of N856,452,892 and liabilities of N88,793,269.77.


Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, born in Awgbu Town, Anambra State, has been elected and sworn in as the First Black Mayor of London Borough of Brent, UK. He graduated from the University of Nigeria and is a scientist. He will hold this position for a year.


Funmilayo Ransome – Kuti, Fela Kuti’s mother, was pictured on Punch Newspaper in 1977. She was in hospital receiving treatment from injuries she sustained in her son’s (Fela’s) Kalakuta Republic compound where she was thrown from a high window by unknown soldiers.


Nigeria is the number one Scrabble nation of the world.


in 2012, a Nigerian businessman named Uroko Onaja died when his four wives became jealous of each other and then raped him at knife point because he was paying too much attention to the fifth wife.


In 2010, Angela and Ben Ihegboro, two Nigerian immigrants in London, gave birth to Nmachi, a white baby. The doctors believed it would either have been Albinism, the parents carry a dormant caucasian DNA or the baby has a unique genetic mutation.

18. Nigeria has more Muslims than 3 countries (Saudi Arabia, Syria and Afghanistan) combined.


A picture of a child-soldier trying to help his wounded colleague to safety during the Biafran War in 1968.


A Katsina United player undergoing medicals at their “medical facility” in Katsina in 2018.

21. Nigerians are the most educated immigrants in the United States of America. More than 60% of Nigerians in America have college degrees.


Fela Anikulapo Kuti was arrested on over 200 different occasions, including his longest stint of 20 months after his arrest in 1984. He remains the most persecuted music artist ever in history.


The Malimbus Ibadanensis known as the “Ibadan Malimbe”, is a rare red-headed bird which can only be found in the city of Ibadan.


In 2013, Mr Ojo Obaniyi from Ibadan, built the world’s first hadwoven car. The car runs on petrol like any other car in Nigeria.


Sade Adu (Born ‘Helen Folasade Adu’) is the first Nigerian ever to win a Grammy award. She is also the mist successful Solo Artiste in British history to have over 50 million sales with 110 music albums. She was born in Ibadan, Oyo State.


Fela Kuti and Shabba Ranks once had a smoking challenge when he visited Fela’s Kuti’s shrine in Lagos. Shabba Ranks lost when he fell asleep.

27. Yoruba is one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa, with over 40 million people in total. The ethnic group (Yoruba) makes up 21% of Nigeria’s population.


Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha holds the record for the Most Dribbles completed in a FIFA World Cup game since 1966 (15 for Nigeria against Italy in 1994).


Emmanuel Ifeajuna was the first black African to win gold in an international sports event. He won gold at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. He was sentenced to death by firing squad for treason.


Josiah Jesse Ransome – Kuti (Right) is the first Nigerian to release a record album. He recorded Yoruba hymns in gramophone and released them in 1925 under Zonophone Records, known today as Warner Music Group. His album is in the British Museum. He is Fela Kuti’s grandfather.