Peace Corps Nigeria Trivia Test
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1. What are the words to the Nigerian National Anthem we knew in the 60s?
Nigeria, we hail thee,
our own dear native land
Though tribes and tongues may differ
In brotherhood we stand.
Nigerians, all, and proud to serve
Our own dear motherland.
2. How many Regions were there and name them.
4 Regions: North, West, Mid-West, East
3. How many Provinces were there and name half of them.
4. How many original states were there in 1967? Name half of them.
12 states: Benue-Plateau, East Central, Kano, Kwara (or West Central), Lagos, Midwestern, North Central, Northeastern, Northwestern, Rivers, Southeastern, Western
5. How many states are there now?
6. How many national or official languages were there in Nigeria?
7. How many languages were there altogether?
over 500 (510 are living languages)
8. What is the literal translation of Oyinbo?
Without skin; white as a pig’s skin (other answers accepted)
9. Who was the Prime Minister of Nigeria before the first coup?
10. Who was first president of independent Nigeria and what was his nickname?
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was called Zik
11. Who were the two Generals who were leading troops during the Biafran War?
General Yakubu Gowan and General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
12. What famous schools of higher education did each go to?
Gowan went to Sanhurst; Ojukwu went to Oxford
13. Who was Anansi?
A spider that was prominent in folklore
14. Name 3 famous recording artists in Nigeria in the 60s:
King Sunny Ade, Victor Ladipo, Fela Kuti, Ebenezer Obey, I.K. Dairo Dele Ojo
15. Name 3 famous Nigerian authors in the 60s:
Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ken Saro Wiwa, Amos Tutuola
16. What do you call the dust fog that crept in from the Sahara?
17. What was the name of the bridge and the river you crossed from the Kaduna to Ilorin?
Jebba over Niger River
18. Name 3 major smells that permeated Lagos
sewage, diesel fuel, tar
19. What were the names of the major hotels in Kaduna? Lagos? Ibadan?
Hamdala, Mainland, Premier
20. What was the name of the famous national game park in Northern Nigeria?
Yankari Game Reserve
21. What is the temperature of Wikki Warm Springs?
22. What Nigerian school sponsored a traveling Shakespeare company?
University of Ibadan
23. Which night of the week did the Catering Rest Houses serve a curry?
24. How much did it cost to spend the night in a Peace Corps Hostel?
5 shillings (?)
25. What was the name of a national newspaper?
26. Name a U.S. magazine sent to PCVs for free.
Readers Digest, Time
27. Who dropped the famous postcard? Where? And When?
Marjorie Michelmore; University of Ibadan; Sept 1961
28. What were the names of currency prior to the Naira?
pounds, shillings, pence
29. What coin was referred to as "sisi"?
six pence piece
30. In the open-air market in the 60’s, what was the cost of:
(If you paid more, you were treated like a rich person)
31. How much did 3 Rings Cost?
32. Why did PCV’s smoke them?
Cheapest; strongest; didn’t care about taste after 2 beers
33. Name the two beers and provide a slogan for each
STAR: You’re brighter by far on a star.
GUINESS: Makes you more of a man; Grows hair on your chest; It gives you power!
34. What was the name of the margarine in a tin? and What was the color of the tin?
Blue Band was in a blue and yellow tin (with a little red)
35. What was the name of the liquid custard that was put on fruit desserts?
36. What is the difference between the red and the yellow cola nuts?
One is red, the other is yellow
37. What was the generic name for pens?
BICs [Disputed: some at the reunion claimed BIROs.]
38. Name the major gas station (you could find it in small towns).
39. What global product was named after a major Nigerian agricultural product?
Palmolive (Unilever soap made from palm oil)
40. What was the mark of a real PCV woman?
Honda burns on her leg
41. Where do you get parts for your Honda 90?
From other Hondas or the black market
42. When does the bus leave?
When it gets full
43. How long are donkey years?
44. What is next tomorrow?
Day after tomorrow
45. What was the custom at the baby naming ceremonies?
Putting coins on the couples’ head, so that they would stick there.
46. How many hair styles (for men or women) of the 1960s can you name?
Follow Me Lady, Yakubu Gowan, Lagos Airport, To Keep Nigeria One, Policeman
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From the camera of Karen Keefer, Nigeria 26 (hence many of the subjects are Nigeria 26)
Karen Keefer (Nigeria 26), Molly Uzor (President and Founder, Learning Right; Member, Executive Board, Nigeria in Diaspora Organization [NIDO]), & Dan Ela (Nigeria 26) at the book sale.
David + Kathy McDonald (Nigeria 26), John McComas (Nigeria 25)
Bob Haslam (Nigeria 26), Bob Ela (Nigeria 26), Clare McMahon Yates (Nigeria 14), David McDonald (Nigeria 26)
Bob Haslam, Nigeria 26 makes a point
Dan Ela, Nigeria 26
Paul Willis (Nigeria 25), Dr. Marcelina Ogbu (Chief Operating Officer, Community Based Primary Care Services, Department of Health, San Francisco), & Veronica Ufoegbune (Adjunct Lecturer of Teacher Education, California State University, East Bay; Member Advisory Board, Nigeria California Forum)
Paul Willis, solo
David + Kathie McDonald
From the Camera of Ginna Frank Fleming (Former spouse of Murray Frank, Staff 61-64)
Mike Goodkind (FON President, Nigeria 16) making comments at the General Meeting.
Dr. Marcelina Ogbu, Molly Uzor, and moderator Father Edward Inyanwachi (associate parish priest in Burlingame) at the start of the panel discussion.
The full panel: Veronica Ufoegbune, Dr. Marcelina Ogbu, Molly Uzor, Father Edward Inyanwachi, and Dr. Steve Ugbah, Professor, California State University, East Bay, President, Nigeria California Forum. Each panel member arrived just in time to speak!
Signkeeper and Traffic Director, Pam Allen (Nigeria 27)
Bud Abbott, Nigeria 19, sampling some chocolate.
Louise ? & Michael Abkin
Pam Allen (Nigeria 27), Maureen Osen (Nigeria 8), & Eric Osen (spouse) sampling some San Francisco fried food.
Pam Allen (Nigeria 27), Portia Gage (Nigeria 29), Bud Abbott, John E McComas (Nigeria 25), & Christine Kobayaski (John McComas' wife) at the lunch stop after the morning walk.
Bud Abbott explaining the Bay to Pam Allen, Eric Osen, & Portia Gage
Melissa of Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Tours pouring. Tomoko Malaghan, Dorrie Dodge (staff), & Christine Kobayaski sampling some local produce.
? conversing with Veronica Ufoegbune in the foreground. ? in the back left, ? sitting down, Bud Abbott + Peter Hansen standing in the background.
Murray Frank, Staff 61-64 & ?
Anne Sherwood (Nigeria 11) & Maureen McTigue Osen (Nigeria 8), key helpers in organizing the SF Reunion.
Richard A Smith (Peace Corps Physician) & Murray Frank (Staff) remembering old times, now more than 40 years old.
? & Norm Gary, Nigeria 1.
Mike Goodkind & Anne Sherwood.
?, Sally Levin Nigeria 11, & ? going over old mug shots.
Cathy + Clem Onyemelukwe (Nigeria 4) with Veronica Ufoegbune
Karen Keefer (Nigeria 26), Dorrie Dodge (ex staff wife, Kaduna 63-64), Tim Burke (Nigeria 9), & Alice Gary (Ethiopia PCV married to Norm Gary) at the book sale.
?, ?, Molly Uzor, & ?
Michael Brown (Nigeria 12), David Strain, ?, & Mills Tandy (Nigeria 7).
Panelists + Karen Keefer (Nigeria 26) at dinner.
From the Wine Tasting Tour:
Bob Wynne (Nigeria 4, Board Secretary), Maureen Osen, & Eric Osen.
Listening to the guide explaining the magic of grapes.
Cathy + Clem Onyemelukwe in the sunshine.
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