The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria accounts for approximately one sixth of African population (or one fifth of Sub-Saharan African population). Approximately 50% of Nigerians are urban dwellers. At least 24 cities have populations of more than 100,000. The variety of customs, languages, and traditions among Nigeria’s 389 ethnic groups gives the country a cultural diversity. Nigeria suffers from a population explosion, with a current population in excess of 170 million (2012) and a growth rate of more than 2% p.a. (or a doubling time of about 30 years), with all the associated problems such as youth bulge, crime, ethnic tension and high emigration.The most numerous ethnic group in the northern two-thirds of the country is the Hausa-Fulani, the overwhelming majority of whom are Muslim. Other major ethnic groups of the north are the Nupe, Tiv, and Kanuri. The Yoruba people are the most numerous in the southwest. Over half of the Yorubas are Christian and about a quarter are Muslim, with the remainder hold traditional Yoruba views. The predominantly Christian Igbo are the largest ethnic group in the southeast.
The Nigerian Population
Nigeria has experienced a population explosion for at least the last 50 years due to very high fertility rates, quadrupling its population during this time. Growth was fastest in the 1980s, after child mortality had dropped sharply, and has slowed slightly since then as the birth rate has sunk slightly. According to the 2012 revision of the World Population Prospects the total population was 159 708 000 in 2010, compared to only 37 860 000 in 1950. The proportion of children below the age of 15 in 2010 was 44.0%, 53.2% was between 15 and 65 years of age, while 2.7% was 65 years or older. According to the United Nations, the population of Nigeria will reach 440 million by 2050. In 2100, the population of Nigeria will reach 914 million. According to the United States Census Bureau, their calculation of the population of Nigeria will reach 402 million by 2050. Nigeria will then be the 4th most populous country in the world. Currently in 2014, Nigeria is 7th with over 178,000,000 people and behind Pakistan.
“Where We Work “
- Sierra Leone
Also targeting: India, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, Caribbean Islands and parts of the United States & Eastern Europe.