NIGERIA


Federal Republic of Nigeria
In Western Africa, southern lowlands merge into central hills and plateaus; mountains in southeast, plains in north. 923,768 km2 (slightly > 2xCA ), 33% arable.

Capital Abuja (Pop est. 1.4M)
Population 149M (161.3/km2)
Life expectancy 47 years
HIV/AIDS 3.1%
Literacy 68%
Lang(s) English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani
Religions Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, Indigenous beliefs Ethnic groups Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 4%, Tiv 3%
Ethnic Groups Black 83%, Mixed 12%, East Indian 2%, other 3%
Gov’t Federal Republic
GDP/cap $2,400
PCVs 1961 - 1971; 1992 – 1995, education (2094 volunteers served)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day (National Day) 1 October (1960)

 

Focus word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Hausa: Shagali (sha-ga-lee)
Fulani: Fêto (Feh-toe)

 

Books

A History of Nigeria
by Toyin Falola
Book Description
This succinct, authoritative, and engagingly written history of Nigeria from its earliest beginnings through 1998 provides an excellent introduction to the country's history written by a leading historian on Nigeria.

 

Kids' Books

The distant talking drum: poems from Nigeria
by Isaac Olaleye; paintings by FranÈ Lessac.
Honesdale, Pa.: Wordsong; [New York] : Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Ages 12 to 16.

 

Music

Mo’ Hits Allstars
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Music from Nigeria

 

Films

Nollywood Babylon (Ben and Addelman and Samir Mallal, 2008)

 

Recipes

Egusi with Efo/Soup with melon seeds
Zobo/hibiscus drink