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20 FACTS ABOUT NIGERIA YOU MAY NEVER HAVE KNOWN.

You may already know that Nigeria is the largest black nation in the world and the most populous nation in Africa.
You may already know that Nigeria has great dependency on crude oil, plus all the other opinions of David Cameron.
Here are 20 unpopular facts about Nigeria:

1. All over the world Nigerians are setting the pace and becoming the standard by which others measure themselves. Do you know that?
2. In the US, Nigerians are the most educated immigrant community. Search Google and you will find out. Not one of the most educated but the most educated.
3. 60% of Nigerians in the US have college degrees. This is far above the American national average of 30%.
4. Nigerians in US are among the highest earners, typically earning 25% more than the median US income of $53,000.
5. In Ivy League schools in Europe and America, Nigerians routinely outperform their peers from other nations.
6. A Nigerian family, the Imafidon family, has officially been named the smartest family in the UK.
7. The designer of the famous car, Chevrolet Volt, Jelani Aliyu, is a super talented Nigerian from Sokoto State.
8. The World’s fastest supercomputer was designed by a world renowned inventor and scientist, Philip Emeagwali, a full-blown Nigerian whose patent was awarded in 2015. This means Nigeria has the patent to the world’s fastest computer.
9. The wealthiest Black man and Black woman on earth are Nigerians, Aliko Dangote and Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija. Both have no trace of criminal record of any kind.
10. South Africa couldn’t have ended apartheid and achieved Black rule if not for the leadership role Nigeria played in the struggle.

11. Of the three South African Presidents who ruled after apartheid, two of them once lived in Nigeria under asylum. Both Nelson Mandela (1960’s) and Thabo Mbeki (1970’s) lived in Nigeria before becoming President of their country. Nigeria gave financial and human resource support and boycotted an Olympic game while her politicians, musicians and activists campaigned relentlessly against apartheid rule in South Africa.

12. 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 those countries have no oil.

13. When there was a coup in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2003, Nigeria restored the elected President to power.
14. Before there were street lights in European cities, ancient Benin Kingdom had street lights fueled by palm oil.
15. Five hundred years ago, Benin cast metal alloys to create magnificent art including the world famous Queen Ida Mask.
16. Amina was a warrior queen who ruled Zaria Emirate in Kaduna State, Northwestern Nigeria 400 years ago in 1610. Google and see what she means to Africa.
17. Nigeria gave monetary gifts to Ireland during our oil boom and built a statue for France free of charge. We are not poor Blacks. Nigeria is rich. Do not be lied to.
18. The first television station in Africa was NTA Ibadan (1960), long before Ireland had its RTE station.

Now here is what CNN, BBC, Aljazeera and other Western media will not tell you about Nigerians:
19. On the May 7, 2016, at Howard University in Washington D.C history was made. Out of 96 graduating Doctor of Pharmacy candidates, 43 of them were Nigerians and out of 27 awards given, 16 went to Nigerians!
20. There are over 180,000,000 Nigerians world over and only less than 250,000 of this figure have traceable criminal records. This is about 0.14% of our entire national population in the last 20 years. This is nothing close to 1%. Shame on global media!
The entire world envies our uniqueness as a NATION still living together despite our ethnic diversity – one single country with over 400 languages. The world will only tell you how Nigerians are scammers and cheats, how Nigerians are into drugs overseas et al.
Wherever you look in this great country Nigeria, heroes abound, both now and in our recent and ancient past. If all you do is listen to mainstream Western media, you will not get the full picture of your Nigerian heritage.
Do not listen to any leader who says Nigerians are criminals, no matter who he is, whatever his height and position.
We are not a nation of scammers, drugs and corruption, but a people with a verifiable track record of greatness.
Listen, fellow Nigerians, don’t let anybody lure you into believing that you are a criminal just because you are a Nigerian. Nigerians are NOT criminals. You are NOT a criminal. You are topnotch, second to none around the world.

Johnson Ovie
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