8 Little Or Not Known Interesting Facts About Nigeria

Do you know who the "Giant of Africa" is? It's Nigeria. This western African country can boast a very large territory where hundreds of different ethnic groups live, oftentimes in the same villages. The high number of different ethnicities should also explain why Nigerian villages are often the theater of internal conflicts. Such conflicts take place usually for religious reasons.

It's not rare to see Nigerians struggle to understand each other. That's another feature of the Giant of Africa, where people from different cultures can't even understand their neighbors from a near village because they speak different languages. And that's another typical feature of Nigeria. However, if you go to the largest metro areas, you can find many Nigerians who can speak English fluently as the level of education is averagely higher than in the small villages.

Things About Nigerian Culture You May Miss

Most western people can't see the difference between Nigerians from different villages, which keeps the immensely big diversity of this corner of Africa almost completely unknown to people outside Nigeria.

We want to focus here on a series of facts about Nigeria, its culture, and society that we think you may still miss, just to expand your knowledge about this side of the world:

  1. SportsNigerian football player Ahmed Musa
    The recent growth of the sports industry in Nigeria leads to a wider diffusion of sports among people. Currently, soccer football, rugby, athletics are the best sports that skyrocket Nigerian athletes in the world. Many western sports gamblers already start to appreciate athletes from Nigeria, especially for certain sports where Nigerians get the best outcomes. On this sports betting online venue, you can find a large variety of sports like football, volleyball, tennis, and many more. As you can see, there are plenty of western football leagues that enroll Nigerian players in their teams.

  2. Population
    You can't really say that Nigerians are a rarity in this world! The Giant of Africa is indeed the 7th-most populous country with a population of over 200 million people. So, the next time you meet a black person, there are reasonable chances he/she is from Nigeria! No matter if it's a large city or a small village: every place in Nigeria looks overcrowded. But Nigerians don't think this is a problem. Their positive, optimistic, and happy vision of life helps them see a resource in everyone.

  3. The Home of Twins
    We're sure you haven't ever heard of this town in Nigeria. Well, it's also known as the "Home of Twins" because of the high rate of twins in the local population. According to Nigerians in Igbo-Ora, the rate of twins is due to the consumption of yams and okra leaves that enhance the level of fertility. Experts confirm that yams contain a natural hormone that might cause multiple ovulation, but there's no trace of scientific studies about this phenomenon.

  4. Religions
    As we've just mentioned above, differences in religious faith can lead to local conflicts. As a result, Nigeria counts a high number of religious conflicts due to its many religions. Although the majority of the Nigerian population is either Christian or Muslim, there are many minor religions spread all through the country, usually very old pagan religions with voodoo rituals or animal sacrifices.

  5. Languages
    Along with different religions, Nigerians do also have many different languages. To be precise, it's been calculated that there are over 520 spoken languages all through Nigeria, with English being the official language. Some of the most diffused languages include Igno, Yoruba, Hausa.

  6. Africa's Big AppleLagos
    There's a "Big Apple" also in Nigeria, not only in the US, and that's Lagos. This very large city is Nigeria's former capital. Currently, Abuja is the country's capital city.

  7. Nollywood
    Again another reference to the US: Nollywood is the Nigerian version for Hollywood, home to thousands of successful films. Nigeria can boast one of the world's most developed and flourishing film industry, that is second only to Bollywood, the Indian version of the Floridian city of film studios.

  8. The richest man in Africa
    Do you know who is the richest man in Africa? Probably, the name Aliko Dangote doesn't tell you anything particular, but you have to know that this is the richest man in the entire continent with a net of more than $12 billion built through agriculture, banking, manufacturing, and other investments in a few more industries.

Nigeria is also Africa's largest economy with its numerous population, the natural resources offered by its large territory. This is also a reason why foreign investors seem to prefer investing in Nigeria rather than elsewhere in Africa.


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