FACTS ABOUT THE MONTH OF ‘MAY’
•Ojukwu’s promotion announced. [NIGERIA]
On May 4, 1968, Radio Biafra announced the elevation of its leader, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu from the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to General.
•It is the third and last month of the season of spring.
And also the second month of the raining season in Nigeria.
•May, from the Latin ‘Maius’, is named after Maia, a Roman goddess of growth.
•The last week of May is Library and Information Week.
•ECOWAS was born
The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) was established by a treaty signed in Lagos, Nigeria on May 28, 1975. The ECOWAS has over the years, played a more significant role in diplomacy and peacekeeping than in its core purpose of economic integration.
•May is National Asparagus Month, National Share-a-Story Month and National Burger Month in the UK.
•Nelson Mandela visited Nigeria for the first time after 27 years of incarceration on May 13, 1990. It was a great honour to the government and people of Nigeria who had voiced a ceaseless opposition to Apartheid in the international community.
•In response to May 1 being Labour Day, May 2 was named the International Day of Idleness at the World Tramps Congress in Argentina in 1966.
•The Robin Williams film What Dreams May Come (1998) is the only film with the word ‘May’ in its title to win an Oscar (for Best Visual Effects).
•No US President has ever died during the month of May.
•Yar’ Adua passes. [NIGERIA] Yar’ Adua died in office on May 5, 2010. Popularly remembered for his Seven- Point Agenda, Yar’ Adua showed exemplary leadership in being Nigeria’s first sitting president to declare his assets.
•Midsummer Night’s Dream is the only Shakespeare play that mentions a maypole.
• ‘May’ was the 493rd most popular name given to a baby girl in the UK in 2003. ‘Mae’ was 499th.
•In 2004, a study of 40,000 people showed that people born in May think themselves luckier than those born in any other month.
•According to old superstitions, it is unlucky to marry, buy a broom or wash a blanket in May.
•The birthstone of May, the emerald, symbolizes success and love.
•May in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to November in the Southern Hemisphere.
•May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”.
•In Old English May is called the “month of three milkings” referring to a time when the cows could be milked three times a day.
•The Indianapolis 500 car race is held each year during this month. The Kentucky Derby, the world’s most famous horse race, is also held on the second Saturday of this month.
•The month of May is devoted to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church.
Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha made his debut for the Super Eagles at Abidjan on May 2, 1993 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier tie with the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire. Okocha, known for his dribbles on the pitch of play, captained the Super Eagles to the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. He retired from Nigeria’s national side in 2006.
•The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.
•May 1st is Workers’ Day in Nigeria. A public holiday.
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