19+ Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Nigeria

Posted: November 3, 2014 by Patrice Miles in Uncategorized

Shalomie The Homie

Think Nigeria is all about traffic jams, internet scams and Boko Haram? Wrong! This fascinating and diverse country is so much more than that. The following tidbits about Nigeria’s history, wildlife, people, and places might raise your eyebrows and make you reconsider what you thought you knew about the country.

The floating shantytown of Makoko, near Lagos, Nigeria (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung / Flickr)

1. One-Fifth of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Population Lives There

Of the estimated one billion people that live in sub-Saharan Africa, 168 million of them are in Nigeria. And it’s rapidly growing. By the year 2050, researchers estimate that the population will reach a whopping 440 million. 50% of Nigerians live in cities, most notably greater Lagos, which has between 17 and 20 million residents.

A Hesperus Swallowtail butterfly on a 1982 Nigerian stamp (Boris15 / Shutterstock)

2. It’s Famous for Butterflies

The area around Calabar, one of Nigeria’s regional hubs, contains the world’s largest diversity of butterflies. A good way to see them is to tour Cross River National Park, where over 300…

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