10 Interesting Facts About Nigeria

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Nigeria is a country in West Africa having boundaries with Niger and Chad Republic in the north, Cameroon on the eastern part, Benin Republic on the western border and the Atlantic ocean at the southern end. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with more than 160 million people living there. What this means is that one in every 7 Africans is a Nigerian. Geographically, Nigerian terrain changes from the high savanna-covered plateaus in the north to the oil-rich Niger Delta in the southern part down to the rain forest belt region towards the coast. Despite the insecurity and some slight political instabilities facing the country, there are some interesting facts about Nigeria that are worth noting. Answers Africa brings you the most interesting and fun Nigeria facts.

Top 10 Facts About Nigeria

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10. Most Populous Country in Africa

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the 8th most populous in the world with a population of more than 160 million people. The next African country to come close is Ethiopia with a population count of 84 million. That is just about half of Nigerian population.

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9. More Than 250 Ethnic Groups

Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups however, there are 3 dominant tribes: the Ibo (Igbo), Hausa- Fulani and Yoruba which make up 18%, 29% and 21% respectively.

8. Christianity and Islam Are The 2 Major Religions

The major religion in Nigeria are Christianity and Islam. About half of the Yorubas are Christians and half Muslim, though many maintain traditional beliefs. The Igbos in the southeast are mostly Christian; The Hausa/Fulani in the northern Nigeria are mostly Islamic and dominated by the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group. Southern Nigeria is more westernized and urbanized than the north, with the Yoruba in the southwest and the Igbo in the southeast.

7. Niger River is West Africa’s Largest River.

The longest and largest river in West Africa is the river Niger from where Nigeria derives her name. River Niger spans about 4,180 km (2,600 mi) from its source is in the Highlands of Guinea in southeastern Guinea. It courses in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, and eventually emptying into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean after passing through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta or the Oil Rivers.

6. One of the Oldest Locations of Human Existence

Evidence from archaeological discoveries have shown that there was a history of human existence in Nigeria which has been dated to as far back as 9000 BC. The Nok civilization (around 500 BC-200 AD) is the earliest known civilization here.

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5. Home Of Nollywood

Nollywood is the name given to the Nigerian movie industry and it has recently been ranked the second largest producers of movies in the world; just trailing behind Bollywood; the Indian film industry and ahead of America’s Hollywood. Nollywood produces up to 200 movies every single week and her movies has won half of the yearly awards for best picture since 2005.

4. Largest Diversity of Butterfly

Nigeria boasts in being the most suitable habitat for the worlds largest diversity of the most colorful creatures – the butterflies. It is widely believed that the areas surrounding Calabar, Cross River State in the southern part of the country harbors the world’s largest diversity of butterflies.

3. Ogun State Has The Highest Number of Universities in Nigeria

Ogun State is one of the states in the western part of the country and it has a total of nine registered universities, making it the state with the highest number of Universities in Nigeria

2. The Longest Bridge in Africa

The Third Mainland Bridge (in Lagos State) connecting Lagos Island to the mainland is the longest bridge in Africa—it measures about 11.8km. The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way, and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to the Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990

1. Largest Producers of Crude Oil

Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of crude oil in the world (averaging 2,525,000 barrels per day) and the 8th largest exporter. Nigeria has the 10th largest proven reserves of petroleum worldwide. Petroleum plays an important role in the country’s economy and contributes to more than 85% of the total government’s revenue.

  • valentine

    dnt confuse the inflation which zimbabwe had with poverty.. come to zimbabwe n u wil really c the natural resources(wild parks, the good soil,) tourist places(vic falls, kariba), the diamonds… a lot of celebs really get surprised wen they visit the ‘once giant nation of Africa’.

  • Andy

    The publisher must be a South African. Why? Because he or she is baised about the GDP status of Nigeria vs. South Africa.

  • Artist With Brains

    I feel sorry for the people living in these areas. I wonder if these countries have a better government, then will they suffer less? That’s the question.

  • lulu

    I have been following these articles the writer is so wrong. How can u compare zimbabwe and Somalia. We all kno there is hunger in Somalia. Zimbabwe has rich soils and it’s people are eating at least three meals a day. The DRC is naturally blessed with a vast of natural resources from oil to minerals yet you say it is the poorest. Get your facts right Mr. Writter

  • somebd

    What about Somalia ?

  • Hunnah

    You can’t say, DRC is the poorest, how about Somalia??!!!!

  • stoto

    zimbabwe is not that poor. also the life expectancy is not that low

  • shallom veniqshia

    Waoh! Thanx ave learnt something abt my continent

  • Melkam Endalew

    Is Ethiopia erased from the map of Africa??

  • PlushZIm

    The ranking of Zimbabwe is biased and contains connotations tarnishing the image of our nation and her people. For example why is the mention of inflation that happened in 2008 has to do with the ranking in 2014. If this is an old article either update it or pull it off.

  • ravy

    the answer is yes. if the government was not so selfish then all this country wouldnt be here plus it wouldnt be any poor country in africa, because africa is the richest continent in the world but then again governement so selfish.

  • dingaan nteeo

    let us stop pointing fingers to each other and develope our beautiful continent

  • sadiiq

    People here re sayin somalia this somalia tht. Why cnt u jst accept tht ur country zimbabwe and DRC rE one of the poorest countries in the world.somalia isn’t poor its jst civil and governmential wars takin place

  • Mahaman

    Feel sad when Niger is ranked among the poorest. Whether the writer is right or wrong I believe that Niger is a poor country and this is due to many things like the influence the western countries have on us, the leaders are unpatriotic…