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West African nation

  • Nigeria got its name from the River Niger that runs through the country.
  • Nigeria became the largest economy in Africa, overtaking even South Africa in 2013.
  • It is expected to become one of the world's Top 20 economies by 2050.
  • It is given an Emerging market nation status by the World Bank.
  • It is the most populous country in Africa and the 8th most populous in the world.
  • The country is a member of both the Commonwealth of Nations, and the African Union.
  • Abuja is its capital.
  • Nigerian Naira is its currency.
  • The country has 521 languages (7% of world languages) though English is the official language.
  • The country became independent on 1 October 1960 from United Kingdom.
  • The country is a Federal Republic modelled after the United States.
  • The country has the highest paid legislators in the entire world.
  • Christianity and Islam are the two major religions.
  • Football is a popular sport in the country.
  • Nollywood is the name given to local film / movie industry.
  • The country is the 12th largest producer of Crude Oil.
  • The Drill Monkey is only found in this country.
  • The country has the highest rate of twin-births.
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