Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the most populous black country in the world. Regarded as the giant of Africa, Nigeria’s ethnic groups are so diverse that many, have, over time, questioned the multicultural diversity of the world’s most populous black country.
Beyond that, Nigerians are one of the world’s happiest people amidst political and ethnoreligious divides. Call them Africa’s social media savages and you are not far from the truth. But is Nigeria really the giant of Africa till date, despite its dwindling economies and security issues?
At the intersection between sub-Saharan Africa, the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea is Nigeria, a country with 250 ethnic groups, 317 tribes and 450 languages. The most populous state on the continent, with 180 million inhabitants, is also the first oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, the sixth-largest, and supplies 10 percent of US oil imports.
Below are 15 reasons why we think Nigeria remains the giant of Africa till date.
Who is the Giant of Africa?
Nigeria is regarded as the giant of Africa for several reasons. Below are some of the reasons Nigeria is considered the giant of Africa.
- With a population of about 180 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, the most populous black nation on earth, and the 8th most populous in the world — after China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, and Russia.
- With an annual GDP of nearly $400 billion, Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa.
- Nigeria is home to Lagos, the sixth-largest urban center in the world — after Tokyo, Mumbai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, and New York City.
- Nigeria is the only African country listed among the “Next Eleven” economies poised to become the biggest economies in the 21st century.
- Nigeria has the most diverse ethnic group in Africa. (250 ethnic groups, comprising of 371 tribes and 450 languages).
- The Nigerian economy is the 4th fastest growing in the world.
- At 125 trillion cubic feet, Nigeria has the 7th largest gas reserves in the world — after Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United States, Algeria, and Venezuela.
- Nigeria has Africa’s largest university-educated population of approximately 35 million.
- Nigeria has Africa’s largest and most prosperous middle class of approximately 50 million.
- Nigeria has one of the top 3 most powerful military forces in Africa.
- Nigeria is the first and only black country in the world where cars are locally manufactured — not assembled. (Thanks to Innoson and Proforce)
- For decades, Nigeria has been playing a “fatherly” role in African politics; providing economic support and peacekeeping assistance when and where necessary. Nigeria’s past leaders actively play vital roles during elections of other African countries.
- Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood is the biggest movie industry in Africa.
- Nigerian musicians are widely recognized in the world compared to their contemporaries in other African countries.
- Nigeria’s music industry is not only the biggest in Africa but the most supportive.
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