Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu
Official Name: Federal Republic of Nigeria
Alternate Names: Nigeria
Capital City: Abuja
Flag: 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.
Size/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.
Major 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
Highest 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
Tribes of Africa eBook
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.