5 extraordinary discoveries in Nigeria

Nigeria has two sites that are officially recognized by the World Heritage Sites while 12 others are on the tentative list. Nigeria is indeed a beautiful country and full of extraordinary discoveries.

This is encapsulated by the listing of some of Nigeria’s exciting and interesting destinations on the United Nations

Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.

Perhaps, this list will convince travellers that Nigeria is an awesome destination for a vacation.

Five of the extraordinary discoveries in Nigeria includes:

1. The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD)

In present-day Edo State, are the longest ancient earthworks in the world, and probably the largest man-made structure on earth, The Walls of Benin

They enclose 6500 square kilometres that connected about 500 communities. At over 16000km long, it was thought to be twice the length of the Great Wall of China, until it was announced in 2012 that the Great Wall is about 21,000km long.

2. Nigeria is the Twin Capital of the World

Igbo-Ora, a little town in Oyo state, Nigeria, has been nicknam Twin capital of the World because of its unusually high

rate of twins that is put as high as 158 twins per 1000 births. Locals boast that every family in the town has at least one twin!

3. The discovery of the Dufuna Canoe, Africa’s oldest boat

A Fulani Herdsman in Dufuna village, Yobe state discovered the Africa’s oldest known boat, the Dufuna canoe in May 1987, while he dug a well.

After conducting various radio-carbon tests in laboratories of reputable universities in Europe and America,

results revealed that the canoe is over 8,000 years old, thus making it the oldest in Africa and 3rd oldest in the world.

The discovery of the canoe has also completely changed accepted theories of the history and sophistication of marine technology in Africa.

4. Nigeria is home to Africa’s largest single ancient monument

Sungbo’s Eredo, a 160 km rampart equipped with guard houses and moats, is reputed to be the largest single pre-

colonial monument in Africa. It is located in present-day Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State and they built it a millennium ago.

The technological advancement of the building of this moat requires more earth to move during construction

than that used for building the Great Pyramid of Giza (one of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient World).

The most astonishing thing is that Sungbo’s Eredo was the biggest city in the world (bigger than Rome and Cairo)

during the Middle Ages when they built it.

It was constructed as a shield during the war and was built around 800 AD and 1,000 AD. The forest where the wall is located is purported to be the final resting of the Queen of Sheba. It is located in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state

5. Ancient Kano City Walls

Built between 1095 and 1134 by Sakri Gijimasu and completed in the 14th century, the Kano city wall tells the story of Kano in a nutshell.

They constructed the solid walls using mud and an ancient technique to fortify the city. In fact, parts of the wall are still standing till today.

By Victoria E.I

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