Fun Facts About Nigeria you Never Knew!

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This article is about some fun facts about Nigeria.

 Nigeria is no doubt a beautiful country, flowing with milk and honey. Ironically, however, it is a country where citizens are suffering in the midst of plenty. Besides, the country is plagued by political instability and insecurity, especially in the Northern part, as well as endemic corruption which has eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation. Despite the numerous challenges, Nigeria has some hidden fun facts you will love to read.

 Sharing boundaries in the North with Chad and Niger Republic, Cameroon in the East, and Benin Republic on the Western part—is a beautiful country inhabited by great talents. That is not all. We will be taking a quick look at some fun facts about Nigeria.

According to the 2016 World Bank estimate, Nigeria has a population of about 185 million. Nigeria remains the most populous black nation in the world and of course, the largest country in Africa. This means that one in every 4 Africans in the world is a Nigerian.

According to the geographical distinction, Nigeria is blessed with high savannah-covered plateaus in the North and the Niger Delta region in the Southern part, down to the Tropical rain forest area along the coast.

 

Brief Facts about Nigeria

·         Independence: October 1st, 1960

·         Political Divisions: 36 states & 6 geo-political areas

·         Climate: Tropical

·         Longest River: River Niger which measures about 4180km in total length (measures 1175km within Nigeria)

·         System of Government: Presidential, Federal Republic

·         Currency: Naira

·         Largest State: Niger State

·         Most Populous State:  Lagos

·         Smallest State: Lagos state

·         Richest State: Lagos State

·         Lingua Franca: English

·         Major Languages: Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo

·         Capital: Abuja (From December 12th, 1991 till date!)

·         Population: 186 million (2016 World Bank Estimate)

·         Growth Rate: 2

·         Population Density: 188.9 persons/square kilometer

Nigeria is the Most Populous Nation in Africa

According to the 2016 World Bank estimate, Nigeria has a population of about 185 million. Nigeria remains the most populous black nation in the world and of course, the largest country in Africa. This means that one in every 6 Africans in the world is a Nigerian.

The next most populous nation to come close to Nigeria is Ethiopia, which is just 84 million, about a third of Nigeria’s population.

Nigeria is the 12th largest Producer of Crude Oil in the world.

Meet Nigeria, which produces more than 2.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, to clinch the top position as the 12th largest Producer of Crude Oil in the world. Interestingly and of course unfortunately, Nigeria (currently, the 8th largest crude oil exporter!) exports more than 80% of that quantity of crude oil overseas for refining, since the refineries are not able to adequately refine all the crude oil produced locally.  No thanks to corruption and saboteurs.

Nevertheless, Nigeria would not have been able to run her economy without oil revenue, as it contributes to over 85% of total government revenue.

Nigeria has got the longest Bridge in Africa

Isn’t it one of the best fun facts about Nigeria? You can bet it is! Measuring about 11.8km in length, the popular Third Mainland Bridge remains the longest bridge in Africa. It serves the vital role of connecting the Lagos Island to the Mainland.

The bridge starts from Oworonshoki linking Apapa Oshodi Express way and the Lagos Ibadan Express way, and ending on the Lagos Island, around the Adeniji Adele Interchange.

Nigeria has the largest Diversity of Butterflies

Yes, in case you didn’t know. Butterflies love Nigeria sooooo much. Nigeria currently houses the largest collection of the most colorful butterflies in the world. You will find the most abundant colorful butterflies in the southern part of the country such as Cross River, Calabar and so on.

Nigeria is the Second Largest Producer of Movies in the World

In case you didn’t know, Nigeria is currently ranked the Second Largest Producer of Movies in the World. Many thanks to Nollywood for being able to put us on the global spotlight. In case you didn’t know, Nollywood is the name given to the Nigeria movie industry.

We are currently trailing behind Bollywood, India’s movie industry, which is notably the largest movie producer in the world. Hollywood is currently ranked the third largest, behind our dear Nollywood.

Nollywood produces about 200 movies every single week. Nollywood movies have so far earned more than half of the year awards for best picture quality ever since year 2005.     

In conclusion…

Nigeria is no doubt a beautiful country, flowing with milk and honey. Ironically, however, it is a country where citizens are suffering in the midst of plenty. Besides, the country is plagued by political instability and insecurity, especially in the Northern part, as well as endemic corruption which has eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation. Despite the numerous challenges, Nigeria has some hidden fun facts you will love to read.

 Sharing boundaries in the North with Chad and Niger Republic, Cameroon in the East, and Benin Republic on the Western part—is a beautiful country inhabited by great talents. That is not all. We will be taking a quick look at some fun facts about Nigeria.

According to the 2016 World Bank estimate, Nigeria has a population of about 185 million. Nigeria remains the most populous black nation in the world and of course, the largest country in Africa. This means that one in every 6 Africans in the world is a Nigerian.

According to the geographical distinction, Nigeria is blessed with high savannah-covered plateaus in the North and the Niger Delta region in the Southern part, down to the Tropical rain forest area along the coast.

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