Have you heard of the Niger River in Nigeria? Sit tight. I’m going to school you.
The Niger River is a principal river in West Africa with it’s source in Guinea. The river runs from Guinea to Mali and Nigeria.
One beautiful thing about this river is that it meets with another river in Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria. You know what that means.
Geography tells me that, when two Rivers meet it is called a confluence. And that’s where the slogan of the state, Kogi State, comes from.
In the history of Nigeria, Lokoja was once the Federal Capital Territory. Just so you know, the famous Lord Frederick Lugard settled in Lokoja and till date, his house is still there as a monumental sight that hails colonial Nigeria.
Anyways, the reason I bring this here today is to tell the importance of everything, in this case, canoe and the Niger.
The implication is that, without the river there’ll be no canoe and several other things like people trade, language contact, etc.
I think I have said enough. So, let’s get on with the business of the day. Before I do that, I’d like to give a warm shout out to a friend who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday.
You all know him as Verde. Happy birthday my friend.
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Picture Credit: Stephen Arudi