Nigeria Basic Facts:
Nigeria is West Africa’s economic giant and more of a business destination than a tourist attraction. Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country and is very culturally diverse. Nigeria has a number of attractions for visitors, including interesting historical sights, colorful festivals and a vibrant nightlife. But it’s Nigeria’s oil that attracts most foreigners to the country and its reputation as a somewhat volatile and corrupt nation that keeps tourists away.
Location: Nigeria is located in West Africa bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon, see map.
Area: 923,768 sq km, (almost twice the size of California or Spain).
Capital City: Abuja
Population: Over 135 million people live in Nigeria
Language: English (the official language), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani. French is also widely spoken especially among traders with Nigeria’s neighbors.
im 50%, Christian 40%, and indigenous beliefs 10%.
Climate: Nigeria’s climate varies with equatorial weather in south, tropical in the center, and arid in north. Rainy seasons vary within the regions: May – July in the south, September – October in the west, April – October in the east and July – August in the north.