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Nigeria Country Profile

The current population of Nigeria is 207,542,914, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. 

Nigeria has the largest population in Africa. The United Nations project that the overall population of Nigeria will reach about 401.31 million by the end of the year 2050.  The major contributors to Nigeria’s population growth are early marriages, high birth rates, and a lack of family planning access. The birth rate in Nigeria is about 37 births per 1,000 people.

The Nigerian government has been doing its best to help curb a rapid growth in population. They have offered free contraception over the past 10 years or so and they have even started taking steps to discourage people who are looking to have large families.

Nigeria continues to grow faster than many other countries of similar size. Nigeria's population is predicted to hit 206 million by 2020, and 264 million by 2030 - crossing the 300 million threshold around 2036.


There are 99,958,261 adults in Nigeria with 18.3 male and 18.5 female.

The overall Literacy rate is 62.02 with 37.98 illiteracy rate overall.

The AIDS epidemic, while a lot more controlled in the United States, is still a very big killer on the entire continent of Africa. Many people and multiple leaders have taken steps to help African nations such as Nigeria fight the AIDS epidemic. Fortunately, the numbers have improved significantly over the last 15 to 20 years. There are currently 3.1 million residents in this country that are living with HIV/AIDS.

the country is relatively young. For both males and females, the median age of the country is actually 18.4 years of age.  It should be noted, though, that while women are slightly outnumbered by men, after the age of 65, women outnumber the number of men.

The average life expectancy  in Nigeria is around 54.5 years of age according to WHO data, with men living an average of 53.7 years and women living an average of 55.4 years.

This very low number can be attributed to the fact that the country has a lot of health issues. As previously mentioned, the AIDS epidemic is a major player in the low life expectancy.


Map of Nigeria

But on top of that, Nigeria has also fallen victim to a high child and maternal mortality rate and the widespread growth of the polio virus. In fact, one out of every five children that are born in Nigeria will die before they reach the age of five due to the many health risks in Nigeria.

While pregnancy is obviously not a disease by any means, a lot of expectant mothers in Nigeria die from pregnancy complications every year. A Nigerian woman's chances of death during pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 13. In addition to that, many people in Nigeria do not seek professional medical attention as they feel that “healers” will help them live longer. 

In terms of access to clean drinking water, 68.5% have improved means of access while 31.5% still struggle to get clean water. Similarly, when examining the access to sanitation facilities, only 29% of the entire population of Nigeria have improved sanitation access as compared to the 71% that are still struggling.

The average number of years spent in school here is approximately 9 years, with a national literacy rate of only 59.6%.

The government is really relying on population control as a way to save their country because it is quite difficult to survive as a small country without oil or highly valuable exports.

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