This is one of the many reasons I celebrate my country Nigeria and I hope you will join me too. There are too many wonderful things about Nigeria and her people that are worth celebrating. It doesn’t matter the lies you have been told, just read the following open truth about the origin of the binary code.

Nigeria, a country with a rich tapestry of cultural heritage, has contributed significantly to the world in various domains. Among its lesser-known yet profound gifts to humanity is the relationship between the binary code and the ancient Ifá binary system of the Yoruba religion.

The binary code, fundamental to modern computing, traces its origins to the pioneering work of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the 17th century. Leibniz recognized the potential of a system relying on only two digits, 0 and 1, to represent complex information. You may know about the binary code, but what you may not know is that this concept bore a striking resemblance to the binary system entrenched within the Ifá divination tradition of the Yoruba people.

The Ifá divination system, developed centuries before Leibniz’s time, utilizes binary elements, called ‘Odu’, consisting of two states, ‘On’ (represented by a single vertical line) and ‘Off’ (represented by two vertical lines). These binary configurations form the basis of Ifá divination, where a diviner interprets the patterns formed by these elements to provide guidance and insights.

The parallel between the binary code and Ifá’s binary system serves as a testament to the depth of knowledge embedded in the ancient traditions of Nigeria. It highlights the ingenuity of the Yoruba people in conceiving a binary-based system long before its adoption in the realm of modern computing. Now, I may not be able to prove that it was stolen from the Ifa worshipper but it’s a historical fact that the ifa binary code predates the so-called ground-breaking works of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

Celebrating Nigeria for these contributions is paramount. Despite challenges, Nigeria has birthed exceptional minds, innovative ideas, and cultural treasures that have left indelible marks on the global stage. Embracing and showcasing these achievements not only fosters national pride but also contributes to a more balanced and positive portrayal of the nation on the world platform.

It’s essential for Nigerians to take pride in their heritage and accomplishments, to eulogize the nation’s successes, and to actively promote its rich cultural and intellectual contributions. By acknowledging and celebrating these achievements, Nigeria can rightfully claim its place in history as a beacon of innovation and cultural significance.

In celebrating Nigeria’s accomplishments, the world gains a deeper appreciation for the country’s diverse heritage and contributions, paving the way for a narrative that uplifts and acknowledges the immense value Nigeria has bestowed upon humanity.