Nigeria is referred as the Giant of
Africa due to its population and economy, it has a great variety of attractions that merits its name in the world. Here we have compiled 40 interesting Nigeria Facts where you can find interesting information. Read on to learn more facts about this African country. 1. The Federal Republic of Nigeria is the official name of Nigeria.
2. Nigeria is a country located in West
Africa. 3. The total population of Nigeria is around 188,462,640 people.
Source: Media Source 4. Nigeria is the 7th most populous country in the world.
5. It is the 32nd largest country with 356,669 square miles.
6. The capital city of Nigeria is Abuja.
Source: Media Source 7. Nigeria shares its border with Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.
8. The official currency of Nigeria is the Naira.
9. The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos.
Source: Media Source 10. Nigeria is a member of both the African Union and the British Commonwealth.
11. The official language of Nigeria is English.
12. Chappal Waddi is the highest mountain in Nigeria.
Source: Media Source 13. The Niger is the third-longest river in Africa, exceeded only by the Nile and the Congo River.
Football is one of the country’s most popular sports. 15. About half of Nigerians are Muslim.
Source: Media Source 16. In Nigeria, the left hand is only used for doing things that are considered dirty.
17. Abuja is a planned city, and was built mainly in the 1980s.
18. The movie industry of Nigeria is known as “Nollywood”.
Source: Media Source 19. Nigeria is the
largest oil producer in Africa and the 11th largest in the world. 20. Nigeria is divided into 36 states.
21. Professor Wole Soyinka is the first Nigerian Nobel Laureate.
Source: Media Source 22. Africa’s oldest boat and the third oldest boat in the world was discovered in Yobe, Nigeria.
23. The richest man in
Africa, Aliko Dangote lives in Nigeria. 24. Nigeria wins the Olympic gold at the 1992 Olympics in Atlanta.
Source: Media Source 25. The Portuguese were the first European travelers to visit Benin, Nigeria in 1472.
26. The Jos Plateau Indigobird is a bird species that can only be found in Nigeria.
27. The drill monkey is native to Nigeria.
Source: Media Source 28. The nickname of Nigeria is “Giant of
Africa”. 29. The Niger Delta in Nigeria is the largest wetland in Africa and the third largest mangrove forest in the world.
30. The oldest water works in Africa is found in Nigeria.
Source: Media Source 31. Folorunso Alakija is one of the richest African women, and one of the richest black women in the world.
32. Nigeria’s Yoruba tribe has the highest number of twin births in the world.
33. The National Flag of Nigeria was designed by Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi in 1959.
Source: Media Source 34. Nigeria has more Muslims than in
Saudi Arabia. 35. Nigeria is home to the single largest monument in
Africa. 36. Nigeria’s Cross River State has the largest diversity of butterflies.
Source: Media Source 37. Ogun State has a total of nine registered universities, the highest of any state in Nigeria.
38. Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom on 1 October 1960.
39. Nigeria is home to 4,715 different types of plant species.
Source: Media Source 40. Babangida formally signed the legal instrument, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Decree 51 of December 12, 1991.