Fun Facts About Nigeria

The elections are all that anyone seems to talk about these days. So, it is only right that we learn some interesting facts about Nigeria.

There are over 250 ethnic groups that live throughout Nigeria.

While English is the official language, there are over 500 indigenous languages in Nigeria.

Seven percent of the total languages spoken in the world are spoken in Nigeria.

Nigeria has a federal presidential republic government.

Nigerians must be at least 18 years old to vote.

Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria.

Football is one of the country’s most popular sports. Its national team has won the Africa Cup of Nations a total of three times.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa.

In terms of size, Nigeria is about double the size of the state of California.

In some Islamic marriages in Nigeria, once a woman is married, she may no longer see any of her male relatives again.

Like other African countries, the left hand is considered dirty by Nigerians. It is in poor taste to eat, shake hands, or pass or receive items with the left hand.

The country is the 7th largest democracy in the world.

Oil accounts for over 70% of the country’s exports.

The Niger River, which spans 2,600 miles, is the third largest river in West Africa.

Speaking of the Niger River, it was the inspiration behind Nigeria

Nigeria’s movie industry is known as “Nollywood” and it is one of the largest movie industry in the world.

The city of Abuja was built in the 1980s and eventually replaced Lagos as the capital.

I hope you’ve learned a thing or two about Nigeria.

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