Nigeria is one of Humanities Oldest Locations
Credible information gotten from archaeological sites and sightings states that Nigeria has an indication of human life that goes back as early as 11,000 BC. These remains were found by archaeologists in the south-western region of Iwo Eleru, neighbouring Akure. The first and oldest noticeable sign of civilization found in the country was the Nok civilization, which started about 500 BC – 200 AD. Although, there are some isolated collections of ancient tools and artificats found during different eras of the Stone Age. It is believed also that people might have been residing earlier than the date above at Ugwuelle-Uturu (Okigwe) south-eastern region of Nigeria. Microlithic and ceramic industries were grown by savannah pastoralists from at most the 4th millennium BC and continued by successive agricultural communities. The people of Efik/Ibibio/Annang of a single ancestor from the southern coastal region of Nigeria are known to have resided in this area long before Christ i.e. several thousands of years BC.
The Nok civilization
This civilization got its name from the village of Nok, which was where the findings were first sighted. The Nok culture was discovered in 1928 during tin mining activities on the Jos plateau. Mining activities at the time were led by European miners, one of whom was Lt-Colonel John Dent-Young. He led mining activities in a village called Nok in the Jos region. During one of their mining operations, miners found a small terracotta (Sculpture) of a monkey head. Other sculptures found included a human foot and head. A few years later in 1932, a group of 11 statues were discovered near the northern cities of Sokoto and Katsina similar to those found earlier in Jos.
By 1977, terracotta objects found during the course of mining activities and systemic excavations were up to 153 units. Most of these objects were found in diverse locations due to secondary deposition. Secondary deposits are objects or materials transported to a new location by floods or rivers. The statuettes discovered in Nok were believed to have been transported there by floods near the valley and buried in dried-up river beds in savannahs in northern and the southwestern portion of the Jos plateau in central Nigeria.
Originally Neolithic (New Stone Age) made the switch to the Iron Age. The Iron Age refers to when people in a particular location learned to use iron for tools and weapons as well as when they started using iron more than other metals. Iron Age civilizations were still considered prehistoric because most of them did not keep detailed written records of their history. In most circumstances, these societies passed through three ages of technology starting with the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age, and finally the Iron Age.
The people of Nok were farmers and reared cattle’s. They also seemed to pay particular attention to their personal beautification, most especially on their hair. Unique features of the Nok art comprises of naturalism, conformed treatment of the mouth and eyes, corresponding proportions of the head, body and feet, deformation of the human facial features, and use of animal forms. The reach of Nok type figures in a large area in the southern region of the Jos Plateau, encompassing the south of Kaduna state south-eastward to Kastina Ala and south of the Benue River. These implies a well-defined culture that left marks still attributable in the lives of residents in the area till today. Throughout the south-western region of Nigeria, the sculptures found points to the fact that the Nok Culture was the core for art of world class calibre.
Many of the unique features of Nok art can also be seen in later advancements of Nigerian art created in places such as Ife, Benin City, Igbo Ukwu and Esie.
Some other reports show that the first settlers (Nigerians) lived in the area that is Nigeria in the year 1100 BC. More African civilizations resided in this region that is called Nigeria which are the Benin Empire, the Kingdom of Nri and the Oyo Empire.
Did you know?
SwiftTalk Limited is an internet service provider. We provide core internet service with over 20 year’s track record of provisioning our clients with enterprise connectivity solutions. .
With our fiber points of presence across the nation, in over 100 towns, and Private 3G/4G Services available nationwide, we can deliver internet and WAN in any location within 20km off every major city in Nigeria via fiber or radio last mile. WAN and Internet Service POPs Nationwide.
Did we leave anything out? Let us know using the comment box below.
Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.
You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic
to be actually something that I think I would never
understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get
the hang of it!
I am curious to find out what blog system you are utilizing?
I’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest blog and I would like to find
something more safeguarded. Do you have any suggestions?
Try to use wordfence plugin on wordpress.
Excellent post. I was checking constantly this weblog and I’m
impressed! Extremely helpful info specifically the final part :
) I deal with such info a lot. I used to be looking for this certain info for a long
time. Thanks and best of luck.
Great write-up, I am regular visitor of one¦s blog, maintain up the nice operate, and It is going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time.
nolvadex for pct Smits MG, Nagtegaal EE, van der Heijden J, Coenen AM, Kerkhof GA
Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!
Its excellent as your other content : D, regards for posting. “The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.” by Robert Green Ingersoll.
Somebody necessarily help to make critically articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and so far? I surprised with the research you made to create this particular publish amazing. Magnificent process!
I really enjoy looking at on this internet site, it contains excellent articles.
Good info. Lucky me I reach on your website by accident, I bookmarked it.
I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They are really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for beginners. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.
An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!
Well I definitely liked reading it. This article provided by you is very effective for correct planning.
Real nice layout and good content material, hardly anything else we want : D.
Hi! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when viewing from my iphone4. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to fix this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!
Does your website have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.
Yes on the home page