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Happy Independence Day Nigeria!!!

It's fifty seven years today since Nigeria got her independence and yes we are excited. We are not where we want to be but we are happy we are making gradual progress. To celebrate independence, here are 10 interesting facts about Nigeria.

1. Nigeria has more than 160 million people, which makes it the most populous African country and the 8th in the world.

2. The Federal Government of Nigeria officially changed the name of “Lagos” to “Eko” In 1973, because "Lagos" is regarded as a colonial name.

3. The Pidgin word ‘Sabi’ was derived from Spanish and Portuguese word ‘Saber’which means ‘to know’.
4. There are 196 countries in the world today and at least one Igbo person from Nigeria resides in each one of them. Igbo Kwenu!!!
5. Barewa College, Zaria (formerly called Katsina College) has produced five (5) Nigerian Presidents/Heads of States since it was founded in 1921 in Katsina.

Ogun State has nine registered universities, which makes it the state with the highest number of Universities in Nigeria.

7. In 1929, When British Bank of West Africa (now known as First Bank) started operation in one of her branches in Kano, Dangote’s Grandfather (Alhassan Dantata) opened an account depositing 20 camel-loads of silver coins.

8. The name ‘Supreme Court’ was first used in 1863 by the colonial administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance No. II.

9. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil. More than 3.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported to Brazil.

10. Chappal Waddi/ Gangirwal is The highest peak in Nigeria and it's located in Taraba State.
Happy Independence!
Written by SWP editor