In Lagos in 1865 one bag of 20,000 cowry shells was exchanged for one or two English Pounds.
Disney owns the film rights to Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine Drinkard.
Nigerian author Ben Okri was just 17 when his first book was published.
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.
Two Nigerians – Ben Enwonwu and Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy – have painted official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.
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.
Nigeria has 774 local government areas. Learn more about Nigeria's states in our Geography section.
Charles Dickens was a major influence on Chinua Achebe’s work. Find more facts about Achebe here.
Joseph Yobo is the Super Eagle with the most caps (95).