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It's home to 1st Nigerian church and 6 other interesting facts about Abeokuta


Abeokuta is a city of many firsts, and the Ogun state capital has produced a lot of illustrious sons and daughters many of whom can't be ignored when talking about Nigeria's history.

Abeokuta is known to many, but some of the interesting facts about this great city are unknown.

1. Abeokuta is home to Nigeria's first church

The first church in Nigeria, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, is in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, Neptune Prime reports.

2. Nigeria's first secondary school

The city of Abeokuta was home to Nigeria's first secondary school, which was later relocated to Lagos as CMS Grammar School due to unknown reasons.

3. First monarch to visit England

The first Nigerian monarch to visit England, Alake Gbadebo I, was from Abeokuta. He was in England on a state visit.

He travelled by sea on May 2, 1904, and arrived on May 5, 1904.

4. The only Nigerian rulers from southwest

Abeokuta produced the only Nigerian leaders from the southwest in the persons of Olusegun Obasanjo and Ernest Shonekan, Owogram reports.

5. It's home to Nigeria's first hospital

The Ogun state capital is home to the first hospital in Nigeria, Sacred Heart Hospital, which is still functioning.

6. The first newspaper

Iwe Irohin, the first Newspaper in Nigeria, was founded in Egbaland in 1859 by Reverend Henry Townsend, a missionary from Exeter, England.

7. Abeokuta's first name

The first name ever given to Abeokuta was Oko Adagba, which means “Adagba’s Farmstead”. It was later changed to Abeokuta. Adagba was an Itoko farmer.

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