Interesting facts about Nigeria

#1 - Africa’s most populous country - Nigeria has a population of 162.5 million people, representing 2.35% of the world's population. This means that essentially 1 out of every 43 people on the planet is a Nigerian!

#2 - A musical powerhouse – the Nigerian music industry is growing fast, with increasing collaborations between multi-platinum international artists and Nigerian artists. A few record labels have signed Nigerian artists, including; Kanye West signing D’Banj onto his label Good Music, and Akon signing Whiz Kid onto his label, Konvict Music.

#3 - Beating out Bollywood - The Nigerian film industry, dubbed Nollywood, is the second largest in the world in terms of output, producing between 1000 to 2000 films annually with an annual turnover of around $250million.

#4 - The population of Lagos today is about more than the total population of all Eastern states combined.

#5 - Lagos’ population in 1872 was 60,000. By 2015 it will be the third largest city in the entire world.

#6 - Discovered in 1928, Nigeria’s North and North Central region hosts West Africa’s oldest civilization; the Nok, which flourished between 1000 BC and 300 BC.

#7 - Home to the happiest and the most optimistic people in the world! - A study of more than 65 countries published in the UK's New Scientist magazine suggests that the happiest people in the world live in Nigeria. In a 53-country Gallup poll, Nigerians were rated 70 points for optimism.

#8 - President Babangida was childhood friends with President Abdulsalam.

#9 - President Obasanjo graduated Abdulsalam who later became President and went on to hand over power to democratically arranged President Obasanjo.

#10 - Cameroon was an administrative part of Nigeria in 1945, hence the NCNC party (National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons). Towards independence the UN mandated British held former German territory, south Cameroon opted to join French Cameroon and not Nigeria.