6 Things About Nigeria That Most People Don’t Know

When it comes to Africa, not everyone can seriously be proud of their level of knowledge of its geography, population, and economy. African countries are mostly unknown to people around the world and that's simply because our culture has always been "west-focused".

We can learn about the Roman Empire or about World War II, but what about Africa and what everything around it in the meanwhile? The answer is that we still know little or nothing about certain African countries.

Insight On Nigerian People

As a matter of fact, Nigeria is Africa's largest and most crowded place on the continent. We might make a parallel among Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the US in terms of population density, as all of the 4 countries have pretty similar population growth. It's expected that the Nigerian population will exceed 440 million people by 2050. So far, it's enough to consider that 1 out of 7 black people is Nigerian.

However, things aren't that easy – in Nigeria, you can find 250 different ethnic groups, which is what causes local conflicts. On top of such dispersion in many ethnic groups, we can count up to 510 different languages, as well.

What You Have To Know Before To Go To Nigeriabeautiful place in Nigeria

Recently, travel agencies offer more destinations in Africa and Nigeria. Nigeria is actually blessed with enchanting natural landscapes and beautiful places that you can't really find outside the country.

Before you pack your stuff in a suitcase and jump on a plane to Nigeria, you'd better get a deep understanding of the place and of its main features – just to avoid cultural shocks once on the spot!

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  1. Make sure to visit a safe city or town far from any local conflict.
    Nigeria is a very tricky country as we said above due to its high number of different ethnic groups. Now, you have to consider that differences in ethnicity correspond to differences in religion, as well. People are half Muslims and half Christians, with a high number of Islamic extremists who create violence and destruction among Christian communities.

  2. Religions and places.Abuja, Nigeria
    Probably, you feel more at ease if you visit a corner of Nigeria where you can find people who believe in your religion. Consider that Hausa in the north of the country is mostly Muslim with small Christian communities. On the other hand, Igbo in the southeast is mostly Christian while Yoruba in the southwest is half Muslim and half Christian. Generally, Nigerians are fine with religious differences, although there's a high risk of extremist violence.

  3. Economy and employment.
    Nigeria is the African country #1 thanks to its flourishing economy (many wealthy investors from China and other western countries are actually investing in local infrastructures, like transportation or education, which spins Nigerian economy towards development). Moreover, Nigeria has abundant oil reserves, which speaks itself about the economic role of this country in Africa.
    However, 24% of adult people are unemployed and 2 out of 3 people live in extreme poverty.

  4. Languages and communication.
    As we said, there are many different languages in Nigeria. However, just because people can speak the same language doesn't mean that they can communicate so easily. Although Nigeria's official language is English, only highly educated people can speak it well. Others use their local language. But even though two Nigerians can speak English, they might have difficulty to understand each other because of different accent. That's an important fact to know for all tourists from abroad.

  5. Electricity goes out many times a day.
    If you have the chance to visit someone in Nigeria, they might want to invite you to have dinner at their home. Well, if you see that the power goes out three or more times during your meal, just take it easy as it's normal in Nigeria.

  6. White people in Nigeria are a new thing.
    Kids on the street might want to get closer to you if you are white. They want to look at you and to even touch your hand or arm as they haven't ever seen a white person before. White people are actually very rare to meet in most Nigerian cities.


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