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It is accepted the world over that people are created in double, meaning, there are people similar to you in other parts of the world.

It has also been established by facts.com and other bodies that engage in statistics that “there Are 7 People In The World Who Look Exactly Like You.”

Today, I’m putting it to you that there are places in the world that look alike, maybe not by appearance but by name and culture.

Hopefully, statistics will be drawn towards this soon.

In Nigeria, I’ve observed three places that sounds somehow similar to other places in the world.

#1. Igando and Uganda

Igando is a community located in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, South-Western Nigeria. On 26 July 2016, suspected Niger Delta militants invaded the town, killing several people and destroying properties. Alimosho General Hospital is located there.

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia.

The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania.

Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala. The people of Uganda were hunter-gatherers until 1,700 to 2,300 years ago, when Bantu-speaking populations migrated to the southern parts of the country.

#2. Oregun and Oregon

The first Oregun is situated in Eti-Osa, Lagos, Nigeria, its geographical coordinates are 6° 29′ 0″ North, 3° 38′ 0″ East and its original name (with diacritics) is Oregun.

The second Oregun, according to Urban Dictionary, is a shitty state on the West Coast, full of rednecks and gun toting religious nuts, surrounding a core of liberals called Portland. Also known as “California’s Canada” or “Washington’s Mexico’.

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Oregon is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon’s northern boundary, and the Snake River delineates much of the eastern boundary.

The parallel 42° north delineates the southern boundary with California and Nevada. It is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean, and its proximity to the ocean heavily influences the state’s mild winter climate despite its northern latitude.

Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before Western traders, explorers, and settlers arrived.

An autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country in 1843 before the Oregon Territory was created in 1848. Oregon became the 33rd state on February 14, 1859. Today, at 98,000 square miles (255,000 km²), Oregon is the ninth largest and, with a population of 4 million, 27th most populous U.S. state.

The capital of Oregon is Salem, the second most populous of its cities, with 164,549 residents. Portland is Oregon’s most populous city, with 632,309 residents, and ranks as the 26th most populous city in the United States. Portland’s metro population of 2,389,228 ranks the 23rd largest metro in the nation. The Willamette Valley in western Oregon is the state’s most densely populated area, home to eight of the ten most populous cities.

#3. Arepo and Aleppo

Arepo is located in Ogun state. It shares border with Lagos state as it’s along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway. The Voera Estate and the Garden of Eden Estate are situated in Arepo.

Aleppo is a city in Syria, serving as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the most populous Syrian governorate.

With an official population of 2,132,100 (2004 census), Aleppo was the largest Syrian city before the Syrian Civil War; however, now Aleppo is likely the second-largest city in Syria after the capital Damascus.

Aleppo is an ancient city, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world; it may have been inhabited since the 6th millennium BC.

Excavations at Tell as-Sawda and Tell al-Ansari, just south of the old city of Aleppo, show that the area was occupied by Amorites since at least the latter part of the 3rd millennium BC; and this is also when Aleppo is first mentioned in cuneiform tablets unearthed in Ebla and Mesopotamia, in which it is a part of the Amorite state of Yamhad, and noted for its commercial and military proficiency.

Such a long history is attributed to its strategic location as a trading center midway between the Mediterranean Sea and Mesopotamia (i.e. modern Iraq).

During the Battle of Aleppo, the city suffered massive destruction, and has been the worst-hit city in the Syrian Civil War.

In December 2016, the Syrian government achieved full control of Aleppo following a successful offensive.

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Author: Taofeek Ayeyemi