Nigerians know that Nigeria is the most populous black nation in the world, they also know that Nigeria ranks among the top oil producing nations of the world. However, when it comes to history, most Nigerians have no clue, not necessarily because they are uninterested, but because there are no proper documentations. Nigeria has some interesting monuments that many countries of the world would do anything to have.
1. Seven percent (7%) of the total languages spoken on earth, belongs to Nigeria. Taraba state alone has more languages than 30 African countries.
2. The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD), in present day Edo State, are the longest ancient earthworks in the world. They enclose 6500 square kilometers of community lands that connected about 500 communities and is over 16000 km long.
3. Ile-Ife, was paved as early as 1000AD, with decorations that originated from Ancient America suggesting there might have been contact between the Yorubas and the Ancient Americans half a millenium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America.
6. Nigeria boasts of being the most habitable place for ‘Butterflies’. It is widely believed that areas surrounding Calabar, Cross River in the Southern part of Nigeria is home to the world’s largest diversity of butterflies.
If you didn’t know… well, now you do!!!