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DID YOU KNOW ARCHIVES

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In Lagos in 1865 one bag of 20,000 cowry shells was exchanged for one or two English Pounds.

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Disney owns the film rights to Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine Drinkard.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe gave a speech calling for the independence of Africa nations in Washington, DC in December 1949 - the speech can be read here.

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Nigerian author Ben Okri was just 17 when his first book was published.

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The Church of Nigeria has the second highest membership of the churches within the worldwide Anglican Communion. It has a community of over 18 million baptized worshippers.

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Two Nigerians – Ben Enwonwu and Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy – have painted official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Alhaji Sir Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s only Prime Minister, was also a published author. His novella Shaihu Umar (1955), a story of slavery, was very popular in Nigeria. It was also adapted for stage twenty years later.

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Nigeria has 774 local government areas. Learn more about Nigeria's states in our Geography section.

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Charles Dickens was a major influence on Chinua Achebe’s work. Find more facts about Achebe here.

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Joseph Yobo is the Super Eagle with the most caps (95).

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