Top 10 Things to Know about Nigeria

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1. HOME TO ONE-FIFTH OF SUB SAHARAN AFRICA POPULATION

The most interesting thing about Nigeria is its population. With a population of over 180 million people, it is the most populated black nation in the world. It is also the 7th most populated nation in the world. In 2017, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs projected Nigeria to be the world’s third most populous country by the year 2050 with a population exceeding 300 million.

2. RICH CULTURAL DIVERSITY 

One very admirable component of Nigeria is its diversity. It has more than 250 ethnic groups living together with over 500 different languages. Saying it is rich and highly varied is an understatement. Nigeria’s rich heritage is testament to the versatility and industry of her people.

3. ITS WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Move over Hollywood, Nigeria’s movie industry popularly known as Nollywood has a huge following in Africa and across the world. The same too can be said about its music industry, dominating the airwaves across Africa and gaining traction in the U.S and Europe.

4. NIGERIA IS EVENLY SPLIT BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAMIC RELIGION.

In Nigeria, Christians constitute 50.8% of the population while Muslims constitute 48.2% of the population. The southern part of the country is dominated by Christian while the Muslims are majorly in the northern part of the country. Though ethnic and religious tension in the country is rife, the Muslim majority north and the Christian majority south have co-existed since the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorate in 1914.

5. THE GREAT WALL OF BENIN

In what is now southern Nigeria, Benin was the capital of a pre-colonial African empire. The Benin Empire was one of the oldest and most highly developed states in West Africa, dating back to the 11th century. The Guinness Book of records 1974 edition described the walls of Benin City as the largest earthworks carried out before the mechanical era.

6. MOST DIVERSE AND BEAUTIFUL SPECIES OF BUTTERFLY IN THE WORLD 

With over 300 species living, including the gorgeous Papillion monachus, the unusual blue Iolaus iasis, and the newly-discovered Tetra anis okwangwo, Nigeria contains the world’s largest diversity of butterflies.

7. THE LARGEST OIL PRODUCER ON THE CONTINENT

Nigeria’s daily oil production of over 2MBPD makes it the largest oil producer in the continent. Nigeria’s sweet crude is also highly sought after by European and American refiners for its low sulphur content. Despite its oil wealth though, poverty is still rampant in the West African nation because of massive corruption.

8. GOT ITS NAME FROM THE RIVER NIGER

Nigeria derives her name from the longest and largest river in West Africa. River Niger is about 4180 km from its source in the highlands of guinea in south-eastern Guinea.

 9. IT HAS AFRICA’S LONGEST BRIDGE

The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos state measuring about 11.8 km is the longest bridge in Africa.

10. IT IS A HAPPY AND WELCOMING COUNTRY 

Contrary to ill-informed opinion about Nigeria, it is home to the most optimistic and hopeful people in the world. Even faced with serious challenges, you still find many Nigerians throwing parties every weekend.
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