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Historical Facts About Nigeria You May Not Know

Historical Facts About Nigeria You May Not Know

You may think you know all about Nigeria, but here are a few facts about this nation to test your historical trivia on her day of independence.

 

800AD

By this time, the Yoruba civilization was already well established. This was based on thirteen farming villages centred at Ilé-Ifẹ̀. Mega-state at Igbo-Ukwu had complex social structure, produced copious artefacts including bronzes.

 

1450

This was the beginning of European contact on the Atlantic coast.

 

1500

The nominally Muslim Hausa Kingdoms were established in Northern Nigeria.

 

1845

The first building in Nigeria was built in Badagry, Lagos State.

 

1851

Kano one of the largest cities in Africa was making 10 million sandal pairs and 5 million hides for export every year.

 

1851

Treaty Between Great Britain and Lagos.

 

1914

Formation of Nigeria under Governor Frederick Lugard

 

1959

The new Nigerian currency was introduced.

 

October 1, 1960

Nigeria gained independence from Britain.

 

October 1, 1961

Southern Cameroon ceases to be a part of Nigeria and became a part of Cameroun, following the UN-organized plebiscite of February 11, 1961.

 

October 1, 1963

Nigeria became a republic.

 

1965

Cocoa house in the city of Ibadan, Oyo state was once the tallest building in tropical Africa.

 

1975

A brand new car sold for N2000

 

1975

An air ticket to London was less than N100

 

1976

75 Kobos exchanged for one British Pound Sterling and 60 Kobos for one US dollar.

 

Until 1984, a travel visa was not required to travel to the United Kingdom.

 

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