Nigeria Facts for Kids

A Picture of the Flag of Nigeria
  • Country Name: Nigeria
  • Continent: Africa
  • Primary Language: English
  • Population: 200,962,417 (2019 estimate)
  • Currency: Naira (NGN)
  • GDP: 397.27 billion (2018, World Bank)

27 Nigeria Facts for Kids

  1. Nigeria is a country on the continent of Africa.
  2. The official name for Nigeria is the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  3. A native or resident of Nigeria is called a Nigerian.
  4. The primary language spoken in Nigeria is English. However, many still speak their natural language also.
  5. In Nigeria, over 500 languages have been spoken.
  6. The capital city of Nigeria is Abuja.
  7. The population of Nigeria was 200,962,417 based on 2019 estimates.
  8. According to estimates by the United Nations in 2019, Nigeria was the seventh most populated country in the world.
  9. Nigeria is home to over 250 ethnic groups.
  10. The national currency of Nigeria is Naira (NGN).
  11. In 2018, the World Bank estimated the GDP of Nigeria was 397.27 billion USD.
  12. According to estimates by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Nigeria was 23rd on the list of countries with the highest GDP (PPP) in 2019.
  13. The country of Nigeria covers 356,669 square miles.
  14. Nigeria is the 33rd largest country by square miles.
  15. The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos.
  16. The city of Lagos in Nigeria is one of the most populated urban areas, and one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
  17. The highest point in Nigeria is a hill at 7,936 feet named Chappal Waddi.
  18. The longest river in Nigeria is the Niger River at 2,600 miles long.
  19. One of the largest lakes in Nigeria is the natural Oguta Lake.
  20. The government of Nigeria is a Federal presidential constitutional republic.
  21. Nigeria is divided into 36 states and one Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
  22. Drivers in Nigeria drive on the right side of the road.
  23. The country calling code for Nigeria is +234.
  24. The ISO 3166 code for Nigeria is NG.
  25. The national anthem of Nigeria is called “Arise, O Compatriots”.
  26. The motto of Nigeria is “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress”.
  27. It is estimated that of the people living in Nigeria, 51.6% are Muslim, and 47% are Christian.

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