Think you know all there is to know about the countries of Africa? Take a look at these fun facts about Nigeria and test your knowledge!
1. Where is Nigeria?
Nigeria is a beautiful and culturally rich country in West Africa.
2. How to find Nigeria by compass.
If you’re looking for a wonderful safari adventure, head for the co-ordinates of 8.0000° N, 10.0000° E to find yourself in Nigeria!
3. It’s a lovely, varied landscape.
The terrain here features vast southern lowlands, whilst the southeast boasts beautiful mountains, the north is covered mostly by plains and the center of this wonderful country comprises hills and plateaus.
4. Nigeria is bigger than you think!
The total land area of Nigeria is 356,669 square miles (923,768 square kilometers)…that’s more than three times the size of Italy!
5. There are many, MANY people here, too.
Nigeria’s population was 201 million in 2019……that’s also around three times the population of Italy! That makes it the most populous country in Africa!
6. What’s the capital of Nigeria?
The capital is Abuja; it covers an area of 275 square miles (713 square kilometers) and had a population of 3,277,740 in 2020.
7. Temperatures here can and will vary.
The climate of Nigeria varies throughout this vast country, with the south experiencing an equatorial climate, moving to tropical in the center and arid in the north.
8. There’s an enormous bridge.
The Third Mainland Bridge, connecting Lagos to the mainland, is one of the longest bridges in Africa!
9. Nigeria is replete with wildlife.
There are many species of wildlife endemic to Nigeria, including the Sclater’s Guenon (a very cute monkey) and the Ibadan Marimba (a beautiful small black and red bird).
10. Hundreds of languages are spoken here!
The official language of Nigeria is English, although there are an amazing 520 languages that are spoken here, and 7 further languages which are no longer used!
11. What’s the spending money?
If you’d like to bring back a traditional weaved Nigerian basket, make sure you exchange your spending money into Nigerian Naira, the official currency here.
12. The life expectancy here is sadly quite short.
Nigerians live for an average of 54.33 years (2018).
Nigeria is home to the 2nd largest movie industry in the world after ‘Bollywood’ in India! Dubbed ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria actually produces more films than Hollywood, USA!
14. The country is named after the river.
The name ‘Nigeria’ comes from the Niger River which runs through the south and west of the country.
15. People have settled in Nigeria for Millennia.
Amazingly, as a result of recent archaeological discoveries and research, it is thought that people have been living in Nigeria since 11,000BC and possibly before!
16. The country’s industries are vast and varied.
Nigeria grows peanuts, corn, palm oil and cacao; they also rear cattle, catch fish and produce timber.
Its industry consists of crude oil, coal, tin, palm oil, peanuts, rubber, cotton, wood, textiles and columbite.
Nigeria exports petroleum, petroleum products, rubber and cacao.
FAQs about Nigeria
Is Nigeria safe?
Unfortunately, there are large areas of Nigeria that suffer from violent crime - so make sure to take care.
Did Nigeria have a different name?
Yes - Nigeria was once known as the Benin Empire, before it was colonized.
What is the foremost religion in Nigeria?
Nigeria is said to be predominantly Muslim, according to recent statistics - applying to over 50% of the populace.
Do you know any fun facts about Nigeria? Share them in the comments below!