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Nigeria


Flag of Nigeria

Nigeria Flag Description. Three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green.


Map of Nigeria
Meaning of Country’s name Nigeria got its name from the Niger River that flows through it. Nigeria is one of the largest nations in Africa
Capital Abuja
Largest Cities Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Benin, Maiduguri
Population 154,729,000 (2009 est)
Country Code 234
Internet Country Code .ng
Area 356,667 sq mi (923,768 km sq)
Area-Comparative Slightly more than twice the size of California
Bordering Countries Benin, Niger, Chad, Cameroon
Date of Founding (Current State) October 1,1963
Type of Government Presidential Federal Republic
Languages Spoken English, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba
Religions Practiced Islam (50.5%), Christianity (48.2%), Others (1.4%)
GDP per Capita $2,249 (2009 est) (USD)
Latest GDP Growth Rate 3.8% (2009 est)
Top Exports Oil, Natural Gas, Cocoa, Corn, Rubber, Peanuts, Yams
National Holidays New Year’s Day – January 1, Id-El-Fitri – January 9-10, Id-El-Kabir – March 17, Hajire (New Year) – April 7-18, Good Friday – April 21, Easter Monday – April 24, Workers’ Day – May 1, Children’s Day – May 27, Id-El-Maulud – June 17, National Day – October 1, Christmas Day – December 25, Boxing Day – December 26
Money Currency Naira (NGN)
National Sports Teams Nigeria National Badminton Team, National Basketball Team, Nigeria Basketball Federation, Nigeria Women’s National Basketball Team, Nigeria National Beach Socer Team, Nigeria National Cricket Team, Nigeria Davis Cup Team, Nigeria National Football Team, Nigera National under-20 Football Team, Nigeria Women’s National Football Team, Nigeria National Rugby League Team, National under-17 Football Team, Nigeria National Baseball Team, Nigeria National Rugby Union Team
Random Fact In Nigeria, age earns respect in many families. As a mark of honor, an older sibling may be addressed as a ‘Senior Brother’ or a ‘Senior Sister’ instead of their name

NEWS From Nigeria

  • Zainab Yusuf, A Middle-Aged Mother of Two Living in Northern-Eastern Nigeria, Was Distraught.

    [Daily Trust]The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika recently decried the existence of fifth columnists in the ...
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  • Huge Weapons Cache Seized in Kano

    [Daily Trust]Kano -The Joint Task Force has made the largest weapons discovery yet in Kano during a raid on a house occupied by a foreigner ...
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  • Pirates Hijack Tanker Off Nigerian Coast

    [VOA]Security officials said pirates have hijacked a fuel tanker off the coast of Nigeria, abducting an unknown number of foreign sailors.
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