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Ten Interesting Facts about Nigeria

1. Nigeria takes its name from the Niger River, the third largest river in Africa.

2. Nigeria is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest growing economies.

3. Nigeria has one of the world’s greatest birth rates for twins.

4. It is Africa’s most populous country and one of the continent’s top oil producers.

5. The largest butterfly diversity in the world can be found in the areas around Calabar, Cross River State.

6. The drill monkey, one of the most endangered mammal species in Africa, can only be found in the wild in Nigeria and its neighboring country of Cameroon. (A sub-species is found in Equatorial Guinea.)

7. Majek Fashek, one of the more popular reggae artists from the ’80s and early ’90s, is a Nigerian.

8. In Nigeria, the terms “010,” “101,” etc. refer to meals in a day. “010” means to skip breakfast and dinner but eat lunch, while “101” means to skip lunch but to eat breakfast and dinner.

9. Chinua Achebe, author of the successful novel “Things Fall Apart,” was born in Southeastern Nigeria in 1930.

10. When a Nigerian man gives a gift to a woman, he would say that the gift came from his wife, mother, sisters, etc., and not from himself.