Nigeria has been the home of several indigenous pre-colonial states and kingdoms.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world, with an estimated population of 211 million.Not forgetting its Oil refinery which the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote taps in the same business, Nigeria has over hundred interesting facts that the country is best known for.
1. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa
Almost 200 million people live here, which makes Nigeria one of the most populous countries in the world. The country’s largest city, Lagos carries half of the entire country’s population.In estimation in 2019, Nigeria ranked the 7th most populated country in the world.
The majority of the people are either Muslims or Christians with 50% and 40% of the total population with diverse ethnic groups.
2. Nigeria has Over 500 indigenous languages spoken throughout the country
Nigeria has over 500 indigenous languages spoken throughout the country . It does not only have many people living within its borders but it is also multicultural. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of indigenous languages spoken on a regular basis.
Experts estimate that more than 500 different languages are spoken. Some of the major languages are Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba,Pidgin.
3.When we talk of social media popularity is any country,Nigeria hold a the stamp
Nigeria is of the most industrialized African countries, perhaps this is not one of the most surprising facts about Nigeria.About 75% of the total population uses social media on a regular basis. The people are more vest in things of the internet.
What’s unique for the Nigerian population is that the majority uses a smartphone rather than a laptop.
4. Nigeria is the Home of the richest man in Africa
The Dangote Group was established as a small trading firm in 1977, the same year Dangote relocated to Lagos to expand the company.Today, it is a multi trillion naira conglomerate with many of its operations in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Togo. Dangote has expanded to cover food processing, cement manufacturing, and freight. The Dangote Group also dominates the sugar market in Nigeria and is a major supplier to the country’s soft drink companies, breweries, and confectioners. The Dangote Group has moved from being a trading company to be the largest industrial group in Nigeria including Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement , and Dangote Flour.
When Forbes listed the 100 richest people in the world, he was included on the list.
5. Nigeria is an African country with diverse Ethnic Groups
Nigeria has a lot of ethnic groups.There are many different languages spoken here, which totally makes sense when you realize that there are over 250 ethnic groups with a distinct culture and traditions.
6. Nigeria can also boast of the biggest Oil exporter in Africa
Nigeria is a large producer of Crude oil with an average of 2,5 million barrels a day. They have a massive reserve of petroleum, and it plays a vital role in the Nigerian economy. The Oil refinery adds a larger amount of funds to the country’s economy making it the largest economy.
7. Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria
Abuja is the capital of Nigeria, but Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria with the half of the country’s population. It is said that being in Lagos is the only place that can make a person rich or it is the city that an individual can make it .Abuja the capital on the other hand was built in the 1980s and was planned to replace Lagos as the Nigerian capital even before it was built. It’s the country’s political and administrative center.Abuja is one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a population of around 6 million people in its metropolitan area. Lagos, however, is the largest Nigerian city with a population of more than 21 million people.
8. The country also brag of the movie industry which is known as Nollywood
Nollywood is the nickname for the Nigerian Movie Industry, and it’s even bigger than Hollywood. It is estimated to be second in the world, only to Bollywood in India. About 200 movies are produced every week, which means that Nollywood produces more than 10, 000 movies per year. This is extremely awesome.Nollywood is Nigeria’s biggest industry aside their music sector.
9. The life expectancy is just 55.2 years
Life expectancy is generally lower on the African continent, and unfortunately, Nigeria is not an exception. The main reason for the low life expectancy is poverty.Many Nigerians are poor and some of them die young due to diseases that could’ve been treated. Child mortality is also quite high. Some other reasons include toxic drinking water and diseases like cholera and malaria.
This is one of the sad facts about Nigeria, and while things get better for some Nigerians, the rapid population growth is expected to bring further problems for the poorest.
10. Nigeria is a member of the British Commonwealth
Lagos was invaded by the British in 1851 and became a British protectorate in 1901. The colonial rule lasted until 1960 when Nigeria finally attained their independence.
Although it’s an independent state, it remained part of the British Commonwealth, just like Canada, New Zealand and Australia and the likes.
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