How Well Do you Know #Nigeria? (Part 2)

I am restarting a feature I began (and wisely discontinued) a few years ago:

Do you think you know lots about Nigeria? Well, here is a chance to show off how much you really know about that country.  Take the 10 question quiz below. Answers to the questions will be posted here in due course.

NO CHEATING, no use of Wikipedia or Google (or other web search engines!). ;-)


1)    Who coined the name Nigeria?

2)    In what year was Nigeria’s current national anthem adopted?

3)   Nigeria’s first Prime Minister was Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. What does ‘Tafawa Balewa’ mean in English?

4) What was the last military post held by president-elect Muhammadu Buhari before he became head of state on December 1, 1984?

5)  What was former president General Obasanjo’s career before he joined the army?

6)    Abuja succeeded Lagos as Nigeria’s capital city. Which city was the capital before Lagos?

7) Which school counts among its alumni, four different Nigerian heads of state?

8)   Who is the longest reigning head of state in Nigeria’s history? (single uninterrupted reign)

9)   Who is the only Nigerian to have commanded the air force of two different countries?

10) What was the first political post held by president-elect Muhammadu Buhari?


8 responses

  1. I don’t think I know the answer to any of these questions! Even after living in Nigeria for 24 years, and publishing my memoir Nigeria Revisited, and giving a talk tomorrow at SOAS in London on Igbo Women’s Inheritance, I still have a lot to learn. Eagerly awaiting your answers!

    1. Catherine, I actually thought you would know 2 and 4. :-)

  2. […] Siollun posted 10 questions, asking, How well do you know Nigeria? I don’t know the answers to any of Max’s questions. Do you? There are fairly detailed, […]

  3. The Truth Online | Reply

    1. Mrs. Flora Lugard (nee Shaw).
    2. 1978
    3. No idea
    4. He was the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Armoured Division, Nigerian Army based in Rukuba Cantonement, Jos, Plateau State now renamed Maxwell Kobe Cantonement.
    5. Clerk
    6. Calabar
    7. Barewa College, Kaduna
    8. General Yakubu ‘Jack’ Gowon (29th July, 1966 – 29th July, 1975)
    9. No idea
    10. Governor of North-East State.

    1. Well done. Great effort. You got 7/10 (I will give you number 2 as well! :-).

    2. No 3 is ‘deduction’ that’s the meaning of the

  4. Correct answers so far:

    1) Flora Shaw
    2) 1979
    4) GOC – 3 armoured division – Jos
    6) Calabar
    7) Barewa College
    8) General Yakubu Gowon (1966-1975)
    10) Military Governor of North-Eastern State

    That still leaves 3, 5, and 9. Answers anyone?

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