The country, Nigeria, is a great nation with great people from diverse cultures. Let us take a look at some amazing facts about the country you probably didn’t know about until now.
1. The Great Walls of Benin
The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD) in present day Edo State, are the longest ancient earthworks in the world, and probably the largest artificial structure on earth. They enclose 6500 square kilometers of community lands that connected about 500 communities. At over 16000km long, it was thought to be twice the length of the Great Wall of China, until it was announced in 2012 (after five years of meticulous measurement by Chinese surveyors) that the Great Wall is about 21,000km long.
2. The Highest Point in Nigeria
Mt. Chappal Waddi is the highest point in Nigeria at 2,419 m (7,936 ft). It is in Taraba State close to the Cameroonian border. It has a hilly rugged terrain that you would find attractive if you are a mountain climber. Nature lovers will be awed by the plenty of flora and fauna whose fabulously lush vegetation is taken care of by the buffalo herds while leopards guard its ranges. The Columbus and Putty Nose monkeys are ever waiting to wave you back in a warmly welcoming gesture.
3. The Major Religions
There are three basic religions in Nigerian, the Islamic religion which is prevalent in the northern part of the country, the Christian religion which is widely practiced in the eastern part of Nigeria and middle belt and the traditional religion. The Islamic religion was introduced to Nigeria by traders from Mali ( according to history) while The Christian religion was introduced to the Easterners by British missionaries.
4. The 7th Largest Democracy in the world
Democracy has been practiced in Nigeria for several decades now. Though it has occasionally been disrupted by military indiscipline, the trajectory seems to have stabilized now as Nigeria takes its formidable place of being the guarantor of peace and democracy in West Africa through its dominant position within the ECOWAS. Being the 7th most populous country in the world, this naturally makes it the world’s 7th largest democracy.
5. Evidence of human life/civilization in Nigeria dates as far back as 9000 BC.
Nigeria comprises of a region with one of the most ancient civilizations. Not only have there been many historical dynasties over time, but there are also many artifacts that continue to be discovered pointing towards the sophistication of the ancient civilization that once occupied the land. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
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