Nigeria Facts

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·        Nigeria official name is The Federal Republic of Nigeria.
·        Nigeria's capital city is Abuja; its largest city is Lagos.
·        Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa.
·        One in every four Africans is a Nigerian.
·        Nigeria consists of 36 States.
·        Nigeria's population is 150 million.
·        Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups.
·        Nigeria has over 510 spoken languages.
·        Nigeria's official language is English.
·        There are three major languages (Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa).
·        Each of these languages have their own dialect.s
·        Pidgin English (broken English) is spoken by almost everyone.
·        50% of Nigerians are Muslims; 40% Christians; 10% traditional beliefs.
·        There is constant fighting between fundamentalist Muslims and Christians.

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·        Nigerian currency is the naira.

·        Nigeria is one of the world's biggest producers of oil.

·        The UK is Nigeria's largest trading partner.

·        The US is Nigeria's second largest trading partner.

·        Nigeria supplies the US with one-fifth of its oil.

·        Nigeria is the only African country that has paid off all its foreign debt.

·        Nigeria holds over $45b in foreign exchange reserves.

·        Nigeria produced 2million barrels of oil a day in 2006.

·        Nigeria handed the oil rich peninsula of Bakassi to the Camerons in 2006.

·        Agriculture provides 41% of Nigeria's revenue.

·        Wealth in Nigeria is not equally distributed.

·        Nigeria has the biggest army in Africa.

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Contributions to the Second World War

How Nigeria supported the British war efforts:

·Nigeria had its own regiment in the Royal West African Frontier Force, which was the desert campaign and in Burma.

·Many Nigerians fought with the Royal Air Force.

·The first Nigerian to be commissioned with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve was Pilot Officer Peter Thomas.

·The Nigerian Marine, equipped as a Naval Defence Force, gave active assistance to the Royal Navy.

·Nigerian tin mines sent weapons to the battle areas.

·Cotton produced in Nigeria were used for making tropical uniforms for desert warfare.

·Nigerian hides and skins were used for making army belts and flying kits for RAF pilots.

·The Emir of Katsina gave a personal donation of £5, 000 to the UK to purchase a tank.

·The Nigerian 'Win the War' Fund donated £15,000 for aircraft.

·The Nigerian government donated a gift of £100,000.

·By September 1942, Nigeria had subscribed £124,331 for aircraft, to the UK for the prosecution of the war.

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