Tell me about Nigeria
Official Name: Federal Republic of Nigeria
Head of State: Gen. Olurun Obasanjo (ret.) elected Head of State February, 1999.
Area: 356,700 sq mi. (Twice the size of California)
Population (1998 est.): 110,532,242; average annual rate of natural increase: 2.96%; infant mortality rate: 70.7/1000; density per sq mi.: 310
Capital Abuja, pop. (1995 est.) 339,000
Largest cities: Lagos: metro. area (1996 est.) 10,878, 000. Other large cities: Ibadan, 1,365,000; Ogbomosho, 711,900; Kano, 657,300
Monetary unit: Naira. Value, 2000 N100:US$1.00
Languages: English (official) Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, and more than 200 others
Ethnicity/Race: Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Ibo, Kanuri, Ibibio, Tiv, Ijaw
Religions: Islam, 50%; Christian, 40%; indigenous, 10%
Literacy rate: 51%
Economic summary: Income (1996 est.): $138.00 per capita. Real growth rate: 3%. Inflation: 57% (1996 est) Agriculture: peanuts, rubber, cocoa, grains, fish, yams, cassava, livestock. Labor force: 42.844 million; agriculture, 54%; government, 15%; industry, commerce and services, 19%. Products: crude oil, natural gas, coal, tin, processed rubber, cotton, petroleum, hides, textiles, cement, chemicals. Natural resources: petroleum, tin, columbite, iron ore, coal, limestone, lead. Exports: $11.6 billion (f.o.b., 1995): oil, cocoa, palm products, rubber. Imports: $10 billion (c.i.f., 1995): consumer goods, capital equipment, raw materials, chemicals. Major trading partners: Western European countries, U.S., Japan.
Member of Commonwealth of Nations
(Demographics fromhttp//:www.INFOPLEASE.COM/IPA/a0107847.HTML), updated, May, 2000.
Nigeria. What does that name bring to mind? Most people know it's in Africa. Some people think of jungles, monkeys, lions, mud huts, and disease. In reality, Nigeria is a large country with many different climates, a multitude of cultures, and a level of development that surprises many westerners.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country in West Africa on the
Nigeria has a diverse topography, with arid savanna, rainforest,
Most of the people in Nigeria belong to one of three large language
Nigeria became independent from Britain in 1960 and is now divided
Nigeria has had a predominantly military government since Dec. 31,
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A glimpse of Nigeria brings to mind five words: Land, People,
The land itself is big and beautiful. From ancient hardwoods bordering
There are lots of people! At more than 100 million citizens, the pop-
The people themselves are very diverse. Traveling 50 miles, you may
A Nigerian tends to be a lively person. They enjoy visiting, laughing,
Lastly, growth is very obvious. The population doubles about every