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Nigeria Country Facts

Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu

Official Name: Federal Republic of Nigeria

Alternate Names: Nigeria

Capital City: Abuja

Nigeria FlagFlag: The Nigerian flag has three equal vertical bands - Green (hoist side), White, then Green.

Date of Independence: October 1, 1960 from the United Kingdom

National Anthem: Arise, O Compatriots

Population: 149,229,090 people. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with 25% of Africa's population and the eighth most populous country in the world.

Nigeria MapSize/Area: 923,768 sq km, slightly larger than twice the size of California.

Land Locked: No

Coastline: 853 km along the Atlantic Ocean

Bordering Countries: Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.

Administrative Divisions: Thirty-six states and one federal capital territory. The thirty six states are: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu,, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara. The federal capital territory is Abuja.

Abuja the capital city of NigeriaMajor Cities: Abuja, Benin City, Bonny, Calabar, Effurun, Eket, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Warri, Zaria

Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani

Religions: Islam, Christianity, Indigenous Beliefs

Major Holidays: New Year's Day (January 1), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Workers' Day (May 1), Children's Day (May 27), National Day (October 1), Christmas Day (December 25), Boxing Day (December 26)

Currency: Nigerian Naira

Currency Code: NGN

200 Nigerian NairaHighest Point: Chappal Waddi at 2,419 meters

Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean at 0 meters

Bordering Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean

Climate: The climate varies greatly depending on location. The climate is equatorial in the south, tropical in central Nigeria, and arid in the north.

Major Industries: Crude oil, coal, tin, columbite; palm oil, peanuts, cotton, rubber, wood, hides and skins, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food products, footwear, chemicals, fertilizer, printing, ceramics, steel, small commercial ship construction and repair

Major Agricultural Products: Cocoa, peanuts, palm oil, corn, rice, sorghum, millet, cassava (tapioca), yams, rubber, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, timber, fish

Natural Resources: Natural gas, petroleum, tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc, arable land

Time Zone: UTC +1



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This eBook is the most complete listing of African tribes available on the internet. The first section of this book is the tribes sorted alphabetically by country. The second section is the tribes sorted alphabetically by tribe name.



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