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Some Of Nigeria's Interesting Facts

This article may not contain all about Nigeria, but it will list oit some few important facts anyone could hold unto for knowledge sake. In this article, you will learn about Nigeria Ethnicity, Nigerian Languages, Nigeria Religion, Nigeria's Population, Nigerian Official Languages, where Nigeria is located, the Richest Man in Nigeria as at this article's published date.

Welcoming You In Nigeria

Nigeria is located in the western part of of the continent, Africa. Nigeria is a very beautiful country with lots of natural resources, and nice citizens. 

Beautiful Site In Nigeria
Beautiful Rural View Of Nigeria

The largest economy in Africa is home to hundreds of languages and thriving film industry. Nigeria is a diverse West African country that is officially known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria, also known as the "Giant of Africa," is home to hundreds of different ethnicities, languages, and butterfly species.

Here are some interesting facts about Nigeria you should know 

1. Nigeria is the world's seventh-most populous country, with over 200 million people. While that is a large population, the population would likely be even larger if not for the country's high mortality rates and low life expectancy.

2. While a variety of religions are practiced in Nigeria, the majority of the population is either Christian or Muslim.

3. Igbo-Ora is known as the "Twin City" of Nigeria. Many local Yoruba people believe that their consumption of yams and okra leaves is to blame for their high rate of twin births. While some fertility specialists believe that certain yams contain a natural hormone that can cause multiple ovulation, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

4. Nigeria is a multiethnic country with over 520 languages spoken. While English is the official language, Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo are also widely spoken.

5. Lagos, Nigeria's former capital before it was relocated to Abuja, is the country's largest and most populous city and has been dubbed "Africa's Big Apple," about New York City.

6. The country's film industry, known as Nollywood, is one of the world's largest, second only to India's Bollywood.

7. Africa's richest man is named Aliko Dangote who is from Nigeria. Dangote has different businesses in agriculture, manufacturing, sugar, salt, cement, and banking, and finance. His net worth is estimated to be $12 billion.

Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, owing largely to its export market. While agriculture employs approximately 70% of the country's workforce, petroleum products are the primary export, accounting for more than 90% of Nigeria's exports.

9. Like in other African countries, some Nigerians regard the left hand as unclean, and using it as a sign of disrespect is frowned upon. Those who hold this belief do not eat, shake hands, or accept items with their left hand.

Despite gaining independence in 1960, Nigeria has remained a member of the British Commonwealth, a group of 53 sovereign states. In addition, the country is a member of the African Union.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the location of Nigeria?

Nigeria is a large country located in western Africa. Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, is located in the country's center. Nigeria is surrounded by four countries and the Atlantic Ocean. The four neighboring countries are as follows:

To the west is Benin. Niger is to the north, Chad is to the east, and Cameroon is to the south. Nigeria shares its longest border with Cameroon.

Nigeria is approximate twice the size of California/USA, or slightly larger than Venezuela. In comparison to European countries, the combined land area of Spain and Germany is slightly smaller than that of Nigeria. Nigeria is a 6-hour flight from London/UK or an 8-hour flight from Dubai.

Languages in Nigeria

Although English is the official language of Nigeria, the country is home to more than 500 different languages.

Nigeria has another language that everyone in it speak as well, though the mother language tongue could make it a little bit  different, but still understood by all. 

The language is called, PIDGIN. The language was crafted off English, but very different from it. The Nigerian Pidgin language has spread widely across africa, and arw spoken fluently by some people in the neighbouring countries such as Ghana and Cameroon. The pidgin language feels and sounds like an upside-down version of English For example, the English question, " what's wrong with you" would be spoken this way by Nigerians, "wetin dey worry you"?

The pidging language seems to be easy to learn, because of the partly English aspect of it. Staying a month with typical pidgin speaking person, can turn you part Nigerian .

Nigeria, an African country, has more than 500 languages spoken, making it one of the most diverse countries on the planet! In comparison, the European continent only has about 300 languages. English is Nigeria's official language, and it is taught in schools across the country. However, English is not the most widely spoken language in the country. The three major Nigerian ethnic groups are Yoruba,  Hausa, and Igbo. These are widely heard across diverse states in the country.


Nigerian Yourba man
Youruba Man With A Talking Drum At A Traditional Function

Yoruba is mostly spoken in south western Nigeria, in the region that was once part of the kingdom of Benin. Yoruba is a member of the vast Niger-Congo language family. Yoruba, a tonal language with three tones, is spoken by nearly 30 million people. When speaking in tonal languages, changing from higher to lower pitches can change the meaning or intention of words and sentences. Yoruba is also pluricentric, which means that there are numerous regional variants of the language. Central Yoruba, Northwest Yoruba, and Southeast Yoruba are the three standard versions.

With approximately 35 million native speakers and 15 million speakers who have learned it as a second language, Hausa has the most speakers in Nigeria. The Afro-Asian language family includes Hausa. The language's native speakers are primarily from the Hausa ethnic group, which is found in northern Nigeria, Niger, and Chad. These nations occupy the former Songhai Empire, which flourished in the 1400s and 1500s. Hausa has been a common trade language throughout western Africa since the Songhai era. Unlike Igbo or Yoruba, it is widely spoken outside of Nigeria.

Nigeria's great diversity of languages is due, in part, to the way the country came to be. Before early European contact in the late 1400s, and subsequent colonization, Nigeria was a diverse collection of smaller kingdoms and states, many with their languages and dialects. The region was also a crossroads and trading hub for all of western Africa, so many distant languages were spoken there as well. Later, neighboring kingdoms invaded, diversifying the region's languages and cultures even further.