1. Nigeria, with a 2013 estimated
population of 174,507,539 is the most
populous Black nation and the 7th most
populated nation in the entire world,
trailing after—from least to most—
Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, USA, India
and China (1.3bn).
2. Nigerians are 1/5th the total
population of Black Africa.
3. Nigeria, with 521 languages has the
fourth most in the world. This includes
510 living languages, two second
languages without native speakers and 9
4. The Portuguese reached Nigeria in
1472. In 1880 the British began
conquering Nigeria’s south. The north
was conquered by 1903.
5. Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian Nobel
laureate. He wrote ‘Telephone
6. With a net worth of $16.1bn,
Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote is the richest
Black person in the world.
7. Yoruba and their bloodlines
worldwide have the highest rate of
twinning (having twins) in the world.
8. The 2006 Census found Nigerians to
be the highest educated ethnic or racial
group in America.
9. The Northern knot, Arewa insignia
has Christian origins, investigation by
Ibraheem A. Waziri revealed. It is
adapted from the Church Celtic knot.
10. Pre-tribalism: Malam Umaru Altine,
a northern Fulani man was the first
elected Mayor of Enugu, in the east, and
was even re-elected for a second term.
11. Pre-tribalism: John Umoru, from
Etsako in today’s Edo State (Western
region) was elected for the House of
Assembly to represent Port Harcourt in
the Eastern Nigerian House of
12. The Colonial Cantonments
Proclamation of 1914 established
‘foreign quarters,’ ‘Sabon Gari,’
institutionalizing the Sabon Garuruwa
system of ‘foreigner’ residential
segregation in Nigeria.
13. Crispin Curtis Adeniyi-Jones
(1876-1957) who the street in Ikeja,
‘Adeniyi-Jones’ was named after, was a
medical director from Sierra Leone (a
Saro). As a co-founder of NNDP, he won
one of the Lagos 3 legislative council
seats in 1923 and represented Nigerians
for 15 yrs.
14. Saros was the name given to 19th
and 20th century ‘Creole’ African literati
migrants from Sierra Leone.
15. Amaros was the name for
repatriated Brazilian and Cuban slaves;
the ‘Aguda’ people of Lagos today. This
Brazilian community includes deportees
of the brave “Malê Revolt” in Portugal.
16. British colonization was not all
voluntary ‘happy slave trade,’ but
involved brutal terror against non-
cooperation and stiff opposition.
Captain Lord Esme Gordon Lenox, ‘With
The West African Frontier Force,’
describes: “…we stormed down to
Amassana, which was a town supposed
to be friendly and fined them 25 goats
and 20 chickens for non-assistance, then
returned to Agbeni and burned half…
October 1st was spent in continuance of
yesterdays incendiraism by burning
every town or farm we could see. I
shudder to think of how many houses
we have destroyed in these two days.
On our way back to Egbbeddi in the
afternoon we passed by Sabagreia and
told our old friend Chief Ijor that most
likely we should burn down Sabagreia
the next day…”
17. Nigeria’s population was just 16
million in 1911. It is projected to hit
444 million by 2050, surpassing the US
and becoming the 4th largest in the
18. The population of Lagos today is
about more than the total population of
all Eastern states combined.
19. Lagos’ population in 1872 was
60,000. By 2015 it will be the third
largest city in the entire world.
20. Nigeria’s north (719,000 sq. km),
occupies 80% of Nigeria’s land mass. In
size it is four times the South.
100 Years And 20 Interesting Facts About Nigeria, No. 8 Will Shock You
1. Nigeria, with a 2013 estimated