Nigeria trivia

2010-06-05 11:10


Situated in West Africa

Borders & neighbouring contries:

Chad – North East

Cameroon – East

Benin – West

Niger - NorthWest

36 states plus Abuja, the Federal Capital territory


Population: estimated between 120 – 140 million people – the most

populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous country in the


Major ethnic groups:

Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani, Ibo, Igala, Kanuri, Tiv, Ibiobio, Ijaw,

Efik, Urhobo, Edoma, Itsekiri

More than 250 minor ethic groups

4000 dialects

Business and official language: English


Islam, Christianity, Yoruba Orisha and Ifa


Oil is the bedrock of the economy bringing in 80% of the foreign

exchange earnings

12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th

largest petroleum exporter

Nigeria has the worlds 5th largest natural gas reserves

Fun facts:

Nigeria boasts the second largest newspaper market in Africa

Highest rate of twin births in the world

Nigeria is named after the Niger River - the third largest river

in Africa

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