Today (October 1) marks Nigeria’s 55th year of independence! In honour of the occasion, here’s an opportunity for you to test your Naija knowledge with our fun quiz inspired by the beloved African nation. Have fun!
1. Born in 1904, he is regarded as one the most prominent figures of modern Nigerian nationalism and became the country’s first president in 1963.
2. So famous he is often referred to by just his first name, this multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, activist and Afrobeats pioneer is celebrated as one of Nigeria’s most famous sons.
3. A singer and actress, she was amongst black Britain’s most popular entertainers throughout the 1970s and ‘80s and is famed for her role in the hit African film Bisi, Daughter of the River.
4. Arguably the most popular artist of the current Afrobeats era, this singer-songwriter scored chart success with the 2012 smash hit Oliver Twist.
5. Well known for his use of brightly coloured fabric, this artist’s work explores cultural identity and post-colonialism and one of his most famous pieces, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square.
6. Celebrated for attracting new readers to African literature, this author’s popular 2006 novel told the story of the Biafran War and was later adapted into a film starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
7. A Nollywood star, this actress is famed for her roles in the films Letters to a Stranger and Mirror Boy, and in 2011 she was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood.
8. A poet and novelist, his first novel, Flowers and Shadows was published in 1980, after which, he went on to become known as one of Africa’s leading writers with works including The Famished Road and Songs of Enchantment.
9. Born in 1914, this women’s rights activist was a pioneering female politician in Nigeria’s First Republic and in 2001 Calabar Airport was named after her.
10. A retired footballer, he played for Nigeria’s national team from 1994 to 2010; he was signed by Arsenal in 1999; and he was named African Footballer of the Year in 1996 and 1999.
How do you think you did? Answers below.
1. Nnamdi Azikiwe
2. Fela Kuti
3. Patti Boulaye
5. Yinka Shonibare
6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. Genevieve Nnaji
8. Ben Okri
9. Margaret Ekpo
10. Nwankwo Kanu
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