I was excited when I first got the idea to make this list.
However, my excitement quickly degenerated into amusement when I got stuck at #2.
So before we get into this list, let me just thank the following people who contributed their great minds in order to make this blog post possible:
Now, on to the list.
9 Positive Milestones in Nigerian History
October 1, 1960 – Nigeria releases itself from colonialism and begins the journey toward self-government and self-determination.
Nollywood is the second largest film industry in the world, an internationally recognized body with its own unique brand of story telling.
1986 – Wole Soyinka wins the Nobel Prize for literature. A former professor at Oxford, Stanford, Cornell, and Yale, Wole Soyinka represents the intellectual and international potential of which Nigeria is capable.
1996 – The Nigerian Men’s soccer team made the entire nation stand a little taller in a remarkable victory over Argentina in Atlanta.
May 29, 1999 – Nigeria transitions from a history of coups and military oppression into the beginnings of a young and promising democracy.
2001 – Agbani Darego wins Miss World competition, beating 92 other countries including Brazil, France, Germany, and the United States. Agbani also placed top 10 in the Miss Universe Competition that same year.
2014 – Dr. Samuel Achilefu invents the world’s 1st optical device that allows surgeons to “see” cancer tumors during operations. A revolutionary discovery in medicine.
2014 – Aliko Dangote breaks into the top 25 billionaires in the world as ranked by Forbes. Aliko Dangote is worth 3x more than Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan combined.
March 28, 2015 – Nigerians successfully vote for the incumbent President, thereby toppling the existing administration through democratic means and zero violence. This is a crucial milestone not only in Nigerian history; but also in African and global history.