Nigeria, my Country clocks 56 years of independence – amidst our current woes and challenges, despite the fact that we’ve not been lucky with Leadership, there’s so much to be thankful for and a lot to hope for.
You may already know that Nigeria is the largest black nation in the world and the most populous nation in Africa but THESE ARE 10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW ABOUT MY GREAT COUNTRY OF GOOD PEOPLE.
1. In the US, Nigerians are the most educated
immigrant community. Do a Quick Google Search. Not one of the most educated, but THE MOST EDUCATED.
2. The designer of the famous car, Chevrolet Volt, Jelani Aliyu, is a super talented Nigerian from Sokoto State.
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 extinct languages.
3. The World’s fastest supercomputer was designed by a world renowned inventor and scientist, Philip Emeagwali, a full-blown Nigerian whose patency was awarded in 2015. This means Nigeria has the patency to the world’s fastest computer: a Black Nigerian.
4. South Africa couldn’t have ended apartheid & achieved Black rule if not for the leadership role Nigeria played. Nigerian First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi hid former South African President, Nelson Mandela, for six months in Nigeria to evade his arrest by the apartheid regime.
5. Nigeria spent over $3 Billion and lost hundreds of soldiers to end the wars in both Liberia and Sierra Leone which the world ignored because they have no oil.
6. When there was a coup in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2003, Nigeria helped restore the elected President back to power.
7. Before there were street lights in European cities, ancient Benin kingdom in Edo State, South South Nigeria had street lights fueled by palm oil.
8. On the 7th May, 2016 at Howard University in Washington D.C, out of 96 graduating Doctor of Pharmacy candidates, 43 of them were Nigerians and out of 27 awards given, 16 went to Nigerians.
9. The only Nobel Prize Winner for Literature out of Africa is a Nigerian. His name is Wole Soyinka.
10. The Richest black Man in the World is Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian Industrialist and Businessman.
We are Trailblazers and Pacesetters.
Be proud of Nigeria wherever you go. Just like I am today.
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria.