5 Facts about Nigeria


1. There is a fine dining restaurant located inside a gas station in Texas. Sometime around 2003, Nigerian born Franson Nwaeze was denied a bank loan to open a restaurant. Undeterred, Franson applied for a loan to open a gas station instead, which the bank approved. The result: Chef Point.


2. Nigerian scammers once sold a fake airport to a major international bank for $242 million, and the scam wasn’t discovered until 3 years later.


3. Sesame Street in Nigeria has a version of Cookie Monster named Zobi the Yam Monster. Since not many Nigerian children have access to cookies, the producers decided to give Zobi an insatiable craving for one of the country’s staple foods. He often shouts out, “Me eat yam!”

Abuja Street Portrait

4. The “Nigerian Prince” scam is deliberately crafted with an outlandish premise and using poor english, because by sending an email that repels all but the most gullible, the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, reducing “false positive” responses and increasing profitability


5. During the Nigerian Civil War, the two sides agreed to a 48-hour cease fire because Pelé was in town to play an exhibition game

Dominican Chapel: Exterior Colomns and Church Hall