This Twitter account @SeeMeSeeNigeria, compiles the most interesting facts in Nigerian history. We compiled these awesome pictures from Nigeria’s past that we weren’t taught in school. Thank us later for this lesson in history.

1. The oldest record of Efik language in written form.

2. The first Igbo bible written in 1913.

3. The 1st successful open heart surgery in West Africa was performed at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu.

4. A rare picture of the ancient Bornu empire.

5. Priscilla Nzimiro, the first female doctor to work in the entire Igbo region.

6. Igwe Israel Iweka, the monarch responsible for the construction of the popular Iweka road in Onitsha.

7. When the Earl of Plymouth visited the Oba of Benin back in 1935.

8. The oldest canoe in Africa which was discovered by a Fulani herdsman in 1987.

9. Esie museum, Nigeria’s first museum located in Kwara state.

10. This facial scarification was used to identify royalty in Igbo land.

11. A view of Tinubu street on Amalgamation Day in 1914.

12. This photo of a village court in Uyo was captured in 1949.

13. An emergency currency used in Nigeria in 1918.

14. A woman in Borno riding a cow, like a boss!

15. How soldiers celebrated the end of the unfortunate civil war in 1970.

16. That time current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, met Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, as a little boy.

17. A view of Kano City in the 50s.

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