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6 Amazing Historic Monuments Even Nigerians Don’t Know Nigeria Has

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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.

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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.

4. The Niger Delta is the second largest delta on the planet. It also has the highest concentration of monotypic fish families in the world, and is also home to sixty percent of Nigeria’s mangrove forests. Nigeria’s mangrove forests are the largest in Africa and third largest on earth.

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5. Sungbo’s Eredo, a 160 km rampart equipped with guard houses and moats, is reputed to be the largest single pre-colonial monument in Africa. It is located in present-day Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State and when it was built a millennium ago it required more earth to be moved during construction than that used for building the Great Pyramid of Giza (one of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient World). The most astonishing thing is that Sungbo’s Eredo was the biggest city in the world (bigger than Rome and Cairo) during the Middle Ages when it was built!

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!!!


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