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More interesting facts on Nigeria
- Uli is a traditional type of design long practiced by the Igbo people of Nigeria?
- a pipeline exploded in Nigeria on October 18, 1998, killing a total of 1,082 people and injuring hundreds more?
- Yakubu Mu'azu is one of a group of Nigerian former military administrators who formed the United Nigeria Development Forum, a political pressure group?
- Tunde Baiyewu, the singer from Lighthouse Family, is the step-son of Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo?
- Sam Mbakwe was nicknamed "the weeping governor" for shedding tears when trying to get the federal government of Nigeria to pay more attention to his state?
- attacks by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, led by Nigerian rebel Henry Okah, are believed to indirectly raise the price of oil?
- in 1892, the Governor of Lagos, Gilbert Thomas Carter, ordered an attack on the Ijebu people of pre-colonial Nigeria "in the interest of civilization"?
- the Emir of Katsina in northern Nigeria Usman Nagogo played polo with the highest handicap of any African?
- the airport in the Nigerian city of Calabar is named after Margaret Ekpo, the 1950s civil rights activist?
- the Defaka people of Nigeria are gradually abandoning their language in favour of the language of the Nkoroo, their close neighbours?
- the Area Boys are a gang of Nigerian street children and teenagers who roam the streets of Lagos extorting money from passers-by?
- the 1982 release of the album Juju Music by the Nigerian band King Sunny Adé and His African Beats has been credited with launching the World Beat movement in the United States?
- Jaja, one of the most successful merchant kings in 19th-century Nigeria, began his life as a slave in Bonny?
- Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, a Nigerian Senator from the People's Democratic Party, is the daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo?
- LA's St. Cecilia Church, built in 1927, adapted to its multiethnic community by installing shrines to a beatified Nigerian priest, a Oaxacan Virgin, and a Guatemalan "Black Christ"?
- Nigeria's Bakolori irrigation project, one of the world's most expensive irrigation schemes, adversely affected downstream farming in the floodplains?
- India established its diplomatic representation in Nigeria in 1958, two years before Nigeria's independence from British rule?
- emigration of physicians and nurses poses a major problem for Nigeria's health care system, as there were 21,000 Nigerian doctors practising in the U.S. alone?
- coal mining in Nigeria, for which the Nigerian Coal Corporation had a monopoly until 1999, peaked in the 1950s, then suffered from the use of oil and the Nigerian Civil War afterwards?
- Nigeria, which contains what was once the Kingdom of Benin, has repeatedly called for the U.K.'s return of the Benin Bronzes, in a situation similar to Greece's petition for the return of the Elgin Marbles?
- Nigerian businessman Alhassan Dantata was the wealthiest person in West Africa at the time of his death in 1955?
- Frederick Rotimi Williams was the first Nigerian to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria?
- Iya Abubakar, a Nigerian mathematician, served as his country's Minister of Defence?
- confraternities, a type of Nigerian university student organization started by Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka, are now linked with organized crime?
- Chika Chukwumerije had financial backing unavailable to most Nigerian athletes because of his father Uche Chukwumerije?
- rioting in 2001 involving Christians and Muslims in Jos, Nigeria, caused over 1,000 deaths along with many buildings, cars, and people being burned?
- Chinua Achebe's novel A Man of the People described a coup d'état so similar to the real circumstances of Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi's rise to power in Nigeria that Achebe was suspected of knowing about the coup in advance?
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