Some interesting 'Must Read' Facts..

These are Some Interesting Facts You May Not Have Come Across....

1. There is a town in Jamaica called ABEOKUTA. It was founded by former slaves from present-day Ogun State who were brought to a plantation in that part of Jamaica.

2· The letter 'i' that Apple use (in their products iPhone, iPad, iMac, iPod) stands for "Interactive".

3· Edward James Roye, the fifth President of Liberia, was of Igbo(Nigeria) descent.

4· President Robert Mugabe was Africa’s oldest Head of State and the world’s second oldest Head of State before his death. He was born in 1924.

5· The name, "Nigeria" was coined by Flora Shaw, the wife of Lord Lugard, Nigeria's Governor-General from 1914 to 1919. Nigeria means "Niger Areas."

6· There is a high school in Kingston, Jamaica named "CALABAR" High School, the capital of Cross River State.

7· Queen Elizabeth II is the only person who travels to any country in the world without any visa!

8· Ebun House, located at 85 Odunfa Street, Lagos, )was the first three-story building built in Lagos. It was constructed in 1914.

9· The city of Port Harcourt (capital of Rivers State) was named after Lewis Vernon Harcourt in 1913 by Sir Lord Frederick Lugard. It was originally known as Iguocha.

10· There are 3 things the Human Brain cannot resist noticing – Food, Attractive People and Danger.

11· The CMS Grammar School in Lagos, Nigeria's oldest secondary school in Nigeria. It was founded on June 6, 1859.

12· The first book written in the Igbo language (Isoama-Ibo :A Primer) was written by Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the renowned Yoruba/Creole bishop and the First Anglican Bishop in Africa.

13· Gatwick Airport in London, which is not that far from Heathrow Airport also in London, England is owned by a Nigerian businessman of Yoruba extraction named Adebayo Ogunlesi.

14· The Naira, Nigeria’s currency, was named by Late Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo(1909 ~ 1987).

15· Nigerian staple food cassava was brought to West Africa from Brazil by the Portuguese.

16. The first African to graduate from Harvard University in 1956 @ age 21, is Prof. (Amb.) Lawrence Ekpebu(an Ijaw man from Okpoloba, Balyesa State, Nigeria). Through the scholarship he organised with Harvard University, over 200 Nigeria professors including 12 Vice Chancellors had been produced! The 83-year old trail blazer is still alive kicking!

17. The first Nigerian engineer was Late Engineer Herbert Macaulay. Again, he was the first Nigerian to form a political party in 1922. The great Nigerian nationalist died in 1946 as the leader of NCNC.

18. The Official Residence of the President of Barbados, a Caribbean country, very close to Jamaica and Bahamas is called Oronna Court. The name Oronna was used by two Barbadorian Citizens close to a decade in tracing their origin to Ilaro in the present day Ogun state, Nigeria. One was named Odewale and the other was named Aramide Oronna (the German Shepherd man) was one of the heroes/founders of Ilaro town alongside Iya Ala. Oronna is just like the likes of Lisabi and Shodeke in Egba land, Ogedengbe in Ijesa land, Obanta in Ijebu land, Ajagunnla in Ila-Orangun(Igbomina, Oranmiyan in Benin, Oyo and Ile-Ife.

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