Nigeria at 56 : In spirit of Independence, I'd be sharing some things I want my readers to know about Nigeria & Nigerians. I hope you learn.
      Do you know that ?

-The River Niger bridge at onitsha was constructed between 1964 and  1965 by Dumez - a French construction company and cost £5 million.

-Patience Jonathan is one of Nigeria's most educated First Ladies , with a NCE , a B.Ed and a PhD from the University of Port Harcourt.

 -The highest peak in Nigeria is located in Taraba and is called Chappai Waddi which means "The Mountain Of Death".

-The Pidgin word 'Sabi' came from 'Saber', a Portuguese and Spanish for 'to know'. Both country's ship traded slaves from the Bight of Benin.

-Katsina College (now Barewa College in Zaria) has produced 5 Nigeria Presidents/Heads of state since it was founded in 1921 in katsina.

-Ojukwu taught Murtala Mohammed and Ben Adekunle at Regular Officers Training School , Ghana.  Both 'fought' their teacher during the civil war.

-At Nigeria's independence in 1960, there were 41 Secondary Schools in the North and 842 Secondary Schools in the south.

-In 1983, Senator Arthur Nzeribe spent $16.5 million to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu(in IMO state).

-In 1973, the Federal Government considered officially changing the name of "Lagos" to "Eko". Regarding "Lagos" as a colonial name.

-The geographical area now referred to as Nigeria was once referred to as 'Soudan' and 'Nigiritia'.

-Offences punishable by death sentence after the 1966 coup included Embezzlement , Rape, and Homosexuality.

-MKO Abiola was named Kashimawo (Let us wait and see) by his parents. He was his father's twenty-third child , but the first to survive infancy.

-Jaja Wachukwu was the first person to refer to Lagos as a "no-mahn's land" in 1947, provoking a national controversy.

-Jollof rice, Chicken breast , Serve of ice cream, Tea, Coffee or Bournvita, with full cream milk and sugar. Meal Cost = 50kobo. Unilag in the late 1970s.

-When British Bank of West Africa(now First Bank) opened a branch in Kani in 1929, Alhassan Dantata (Dangote's Grandfather) opened an account depositing 20 camel loads of silver coins.

-Jaja Wachukwu is reputed to have owned the biggest one man library in West Africa. Balewa sometimes referred to him as "Most Bookish Master".

-Since 1960, Nigeria has been either ruled by an ex-lecturer/ ex-teacher or military man. The only exceptions are Azikwe and Shonekan.

-If you visited Lagos in 1975, you could spend a day at the presidential suite of Federal a Palace Hotel for N100 ,single room for N19.


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