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Nigeria fun facts: Do you know?

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Emeh Joy

Almost everyone loves surprising and intriguing fun facts. Whether you are getting set for a trivia night or you are just the curious type, you will find yourself glued to this list of interesting, random facts.

One of the most talented Nigerian lecturers in Harvard has no formal education

Nike Okundayo, the Batik and Nike designer

Nike Okundayo, the Batik and textile designer, has gone viral with her informally acquired talent and creativity. She is also the owner of the Nike Art Gallery and has a good number of her students leading in the clothing and textile industry.

James Nwoye Adiche is the first Nigerian Professor of Statistics

Prof James Nwoye Adichie, the first Nigerian Professor of Statistics

Prof James Nwoye Adichie is the father of the renowned writer and novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

He was made a professor in the year 1976 at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and retired in the year 1997.

He is 88 years old and currently residing in Nsukka.

The Great Wall of Benin is the second-largest human-made structure

The Great Wall of Benin

The Great Wall of Benin was constructed between 800-mid-1400s AD). It is the second-largest human-made structure after the Great Wall of China and also the largest human-made earthwork in the world.

It was estimated to extend for up to 16000 Km in length and occupied a landmass of 6500 Km2.

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The land for the most expensive house in Abuja was purchased at N1bn

The most expensive house in Abuja owned by Abubakar Aliyu (AA oil)

The most expensive house in Abuja is an exquisite property said to be owned by Abubakar Aliyu (AA oil).

The land alone is said to cost as much as one billion naira.

Two Nigerian twins created their own Cryptocurrency, 'Populous' worth over N47bn

Sam and Steve Williams, the twins that created the cryptocurrency called populous

Sam and Steve Williams are two Nigerian-British twin brothers who created their own Cryptocurrency called 'Populous' right in the confines of their mother's kitchen.

Populous is said to be worth as much as 47 billion naira and is ranked the 51st most valuable currency in the world (out of about 2000).

Sani Abacha is the only Head-of-State to be a full General without skipping a rank

General Sani Abacha, Nigeria's former head of state

General Sani Abacha (1943-1998) is not only the first Head of State to be a full General without skipping a rank, but he is also the 'only'. History also has him as the most successful coup plotter in Nigeria's history.

Abacha, in one of his words, said, "I have no friends. It is a sign of weakness to have friends".

In Nigeria, there is a law that allows you to sue a partner for 'Breach of Promise to Marry.'

Marriage symbol

Under Nigerian law, an agreement to marry someone is seen as a binding legal contract. If one of the parties involved can provide a fact or proof of a 'promise to marry' and one party reneges, then a civil claim can be issued.

The Breach of Promise to Marry is a punishable offence.

Nigeria is the largest second-largest producer of tomatoes in Africa

Large baskets of tomatoes sold in the Nigerian market

Do you know Nigeria is the second-largest producer of tomatoes in Africa? It is the second after Egypt and the 14th largest in the world.

However, here is the shocker; Nigeria is also the world's largest importer of tomato paste.

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