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Five Fun Facts about Nigeria

Happy Independence Day Kids!!! On this day, in 1960, Nigeria got her independence! This means that Nigeria could be free and rule herself. In honour of this day, we have gathered five interesting facts about Nigeria.

  1. I am sure you have all been on the Third Mainland Bridge; but did you know the Third Mainland Bridge is the longest bridge in Africa?! It measures about 11.8km! The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.
  2. Ogun state has the highest number of universities in Nigeria. It has a total of nine registered universities. They must really like to read!
  3. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the 8th most populous in the world with a population of over 160 million people!
  4. Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria. The national team known as the ‘Super Eagles’ have made 5 appearances at the World Cup, won the African Cup of Nations 3 times and won the football gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.
  5. The capital city is of Nigeria is Abuja. But it wasn’t always the capital. Abuja was planned out and then built in the 1980s. Before that, Lagos was the capital city of Nigeria. Abuja officially replaced Lagos as the capital in 1991!

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