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Nigeria: World’s Most Populous Black Country and Major Oil Market
Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to reach Nigeria and soon they colonialised it in the first half of the 18th century. In the second half of 18th century British-Nigeria started and soon Britain colonized Nigeria. Nigeria was under strong British control till the end of the WW II. After considerable struggle it was finally able to win complete independence in 1960. After 16 years of military rule the new Nigerian constitution was adopted in 1999 and power transferred to elected representatives. The newly elected government started massive reforms throughout the country to institutionalise democracy and counter corruption and mismanagement. The government also developed economic tie up with several developed nations in order to accelerate its petroleum-based economy.
Nigeria Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
Geographical Information on Nigeria:
Nigeria is located in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. Nigeria is bounded by Republic of Benin from west, Chad and Cameroon from the east and Niger from the North.
The Nigeria enjoys three different types of climate depending on latitude and longitude. The Nigerian far south enjoys tropical climate, where annual rainfall is 60 to 80 inches in a year. The far north of Nigeria enjoys desert-like climate, where rain is less than 20 inches in a year. The rest of country enjoys moderate climate, where rainfall is 20 and 60 inches in a year.
Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Nigeria:
Nigerian culture is as multi-ethnic as the people in Nigeria. The people of Nigeria still cherish their traditional languages, music, dance and literature. Diversity can be seen in the culture of Nigeria due to the presence of more than 250 ethnic groups. The three most dominating ethnic groups are the Hausa in the north, the Ibo or Igbo in the east and the Yoruba in the west. Animism is popular among Yoruba tribes of the western part of Nigeria. There are also numbers of smaller sects that are a mélange of two or more religions combining together.
The cuisine of Nigeria is similar to the cuisine of West Africa. Different types of spices and herbs are used in order to enhance the flavor of Nigerian food. Nigerian cuisines are rich in different types of fruits and vegetables. Different varieties of meat goat, cow, chicken, turkey, geese, guinea fowls, pigeon, fish, shrimp, crabs are used while preparing non-vegetarian dishes.
Tourist Attractions of Nigeria:
Tourists flock to Nigeria due to its vibrancy in culture, landscapes and heritage that is reflected through its 36 States. The natural beauty of Nigerian landscapes scattered in the form of beaches, rainforests, Lagos estuary, wild life of savannah to sand dunes of Sahara.
Azumini Blue River Rose: Azumini Blue River is located in Abia State and known for its attractive features that include crystal-clear blue water; canoe rides and silvery sandy beaches.
Yankari National Park: Wildlife sanctuary of Nigeria famous for its birds, animals and plants species. The elephant safari of Yankari National Park is famous through out the world.
Major Sight-seeing Places in Nigeria include:
Abuja, June 19 (IANS) At least 60 people were killed in Nigeria Tuesday when some gunmen stormed four villages of Zamfara state early morning, residents and security sources said.
Guangzhou, June 18 (IANS) It certainly recalled the memory of Sven-Goran Eriksson from the 'good old days' in Italy and England, when he was surrounded by journalists and fans.
Belo Horizonte (Brazil), June 18 (IANS) An emotional Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta, after a 1-6 thrashing by Nigeria, said his team hoped to "win the hearts" of Brazilian fans during the Confederations Cup.
Belo Horizonte (Brazil), June 18 (IANS) Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick as Nigeria crushed a spirited Tahiti 6-1 in their Confederations Cup football Group B clash here at the Mineirao stadium.
Rio de Janeiro, June 17 (IANS) The Nigerian soccer team arrived in Brazil, three days behind schedule and a day before it opens its Confederations Cup football campaign against Tahiti.
Washington, June 15 (ANI): Pakistan and Nigeria, two of the world's most brutally LGBT intolerant societies contrarily, are the top online searchers for related content.
London, June 15 (ANI): India's population is estimated to overtake that of China from 2028 and continue to grow till 2050.
Rio de Janeiro, June 14 (IANS) Brazilian sports minister Aldo Rebelo said the government will have a zero-tolerance policy against hotels that overcharge visitors during several upcoming international sporting events to be held in Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro, June 14 (IANS) World football's governing body FIFA has guaranteed that Nigeria is in no danger of forfeiting particiaption in the Confederations Cup beginning Saturday.
New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) The government Thursday finally paved way for the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to bid to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup as the union cabinet cleared the proposal for submitting guarantees to the world body FIFA.
Rio de Janeiro, June 10 (IANS) Spain and Uruguay raise the Group B curtain at Recife's Arena Pernambuco Sunday in a fixture laden with European-based stars. The less-fancied Tahiti and Nigeria open their campaign the following day at Belo Horizonte's Mineirao.
Abuja, June 10 (IANS) At least 19 people have been killed in a renewed attack by insurgent group in Nigeria's Maidiguri city, local residents and military sources said Sunday.
Belo Horizonte, June 9 (IANS) The prospect of confronting a team boasting of football stars like Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta is enough to strike fear into any opposing coach. Unless his name is Eddy Etaeta.
Kano (Nigeria), June 8 (IANS) The Nigerian state of Kano has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Skipper Group of India for the construction of hydroelectricity plants at Tiga and Challawa dams in the state, Indian High Commissioner in Abuja, Mahesh Sachdev has said.
New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) A Nigerian official Friday asked the Indian industry to take advantage of the country's new visa policy, aimed at attracting global investors and tourists.
Abuja, June 7 (IANS) Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan launched a national mobilization campaign for grassroot sports tagged "Rhythm and Play".
Abuja, June 6 (IANS) The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has warned the national team, known as Super Eagles, not to be carried away by the victory over the Harambee Stars of Kenya.
Rio de Janeiro, June 6 (IANS) Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta has described a 0-7 defeat to Chile's under-20s as a "spanking" and hopes it will serve as an impetus to his team's Confederations Cup football campaign.
Accra, June 5 (IANS) Indians have been advised to avoid visiting three states in Nigeria where emergency has been declared to combat militancy.
Montevideo (Uruguay), June 5 (IANS) Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Napoli's Edinson Cavani will lead a star-studded attack for Uruguay during this month's Confederations Cup in Brazil.
London, June 3 (IANS) Spanish police have busted a ring involved in smuggling of women from Nigeria and forcing them into street prostitution by burning them with irons and using voodoo rituals.
Washington, May 30 (ANI): The killing of Christians is reportedly on the rise in Islamic countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt according to a human rights group, with the Vatican claiming that 100000 Christians are being killed each year.
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), May 28 (IANS) India's progress came up for discussion when a panel at the African Union deliberated upon the UN's Human Development Index.
Nairobi, May 28 (IANS) Kenya's national football team Harambee Stars players' allowances have been increased from $35 to $118 as motivation ahead of their remaining 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Bangalore, May 25 (IANS) An eight-year-old African girl from Nigeria got a new life after she was cured of a brain tumour at Narayana multi-specialty hospital in this tech hub.
Lagos (Nigeria), May 23 (IANS) India wants increased partnership with Nigeria in education through institutional cooperation, content development, faculty exchange and joint ventures that would enhance the West African country's human resource devlopment, according to Indian High Commissioner Mahesh Sachdev.
Hyderabad, May 22 (IANS) Netxcell Limited, a leading telecom technology services provider, Wednesday announced its association with Funmobile, a leader in the mobile content domain in west Africa.
Johannesburg, May 18 (IANS) An Indian team comprising IITians and a Nigerian team promoting low-cost farm products have triumphed at an India-Africa business competition held here.
Kaduna (Nigeria), May 17 (IANS) Dozens of people have been killed in a military strike launched by Nigerian army since Thursday night in the northern part of the West African country, reported Xinhua citing security sources.
Beijing, May 14 (Xinhua-ANI): More than 180,000 teenagers are living with HIV in Nigeria, the United Nation Children Education Fund (UNICEF) said here on Tuesday.
Accra, May 15 (IANS) Unlike India, China is not assisting in the fight against counterfeit medicines even though the influx has been mainly from that country, Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says.
Lusaka (Zambia), May 14 (IANS) The Zambia Cricket Union (ZCU) named a 14-member squad for the ICC Africa U-19 World Cup Qualifiers (CWCQ) Division 1 tournament Tuesday.
Dubai, May 13 (IANS) Nearly half of over $61 billion sent by expatriates in the Gulf countries in 2012 went to India, according to new data.
Lagos, May 10 (IANS) Former Nigeria national football coach Joseph Ladipo passed away in the southwest city of Ibadan. He was 72.
New York, May 09 (ANI): One in ten profiles on online dating sites is fake, according to a new research conducted by dating website SeekingArrangement.com, which deletes more than 200 fraudulent accounts every day.
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna is all set to expand themselves in the African market with their store in Lagos, Nigeria. They currently retails from Egypt and Morocco.
Nairobi, May 8 (IANS) Four players were dropped from Kenya's squad preparing for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria here June 5.
Abuja, May 8 (IANS) At least 55 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram sect, a Nigerian rebel group, attacked security formations in the country's troubled Borno state, military and police officials said.
Yola, May 6 (Xinhua-ANI): At least 10 people were killed in attacks on a market and a church in northeastern Nigeria, police reported on Monday.
Beijing, May 4 (Xinhua-ANI): The UN Human Rights Office on Friday expressed its concern about the large number of casualties, reportedly including many civilians, and massive destruction of houses and property, as well as displacement that has taken place over the past few weeks in Nigeria.
London, May. 2 (ANI): One in three children being born in England and Wales have at least one foreign-born parent.
Johannesburg, May 1 (ANI): More than three quarters of Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia favour traditional sharia to be 'the official law of the land' in all Islamic countries, but are divided on the issue of its application, a recent survey has revealed.
Islamabad, May. 1 (ANI): A US government-appointed panel has urged Washington to step up pressure on Pakistan over religious freedom, warning that risks to its minorities have reached a crisis level.
Washington, May 1 (IANS) A US federal advisory body has reiterated its concerns about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's admissibility to the US due to his alleged "complicity in the 2002 riots" in the state.
Abuja, April 28 (IANS) Nigerian troops operating in the oil-rich Niger delta region have arrested 76 suspects and seized two boats used for oil bunkering, the military said Sunday.
Washington, Apr. 26 (ANI): Global attitudes regarding domestic violence have changed dramatically during the first decade of the 2000s, according to a new study.
London, Apr.26 (ANI): Microsoft founder and a business magnate, Bill Gates has pledged to donate 1.8 billion dollars for the cause of eradicating all polio types.
Abu Dhabi, April 26 (IANS/EFE) Billionaires Bill Gates and Carlos Slim said that they planned to join forces to eradicate polio in six years.
Jos (Nigeria), April 25 (IANS) At least 113 people were killed in the violence which hit areas of Wase and Bokkos in Nigeria's north central Plateau State last month, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed Thursday.
Lagos (Nigeria), April 24 (IANS) Boko Haram, a Nigerian rebel group which battled the military over the weekend and left 185 people dead, has become a major challenge for the security forces, pushing the army chief to ask soldiers to be alert and confront the guerrillas who use "unconventional weapons and tactics".
Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has brought light into the lives of over a thousand residents of Velunje village, in Nashik.
Johannesburg, Apr 23 (ANI): For world's leading express mail service DHL, transporting anything from lions to livers to specially prepared food and lifesaving medicines is becoming increasingly common.
Borno (Nigeria), April 22 (IANS) At least 185 people were confirmed dead in a weekend crossfire between the military and Boko Haram sect in Baga, a fishing community located in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State, according to military authorities.
Marrakech, April 21 (IANS) The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria lashed Congo 7-0 here to qualify from Group B for the semi-finals of the ongoing 10th African Under-17 Football Championship.
Chennai, April 19 (IANS) Business analytics and technology services company Dun & Bradstreet Technology and Data Services is focusing on African, Middle East and South Asian markets for its banking analytical solutions, said a top company official.
New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Two Nigerians were arrested here with a kilogram of heroin worth about Rs.1.25 crore in the international market, police said Thursday.
Lagos, April 17 (IANS) The Nigerian Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has called on all levels of the government to endeavour to sponsor other sporting activities, besides football.
Lagos, April 17 (IANS) Nigeria's Boxing Board of Control (NBBC) has appealed to the government to grant adequate tax rebates for corporate organisations that sponsor professional boxing in the country.
Marrakesh (Morocco), April 15 (IANS) Nigeria defeated Ghana 6-1 here in their opening group B match at the ongoing 10th Confederation of African Football (CAF) Under-17 championship.
Islamabad, April 13 (IANS/EFE) The Pakistani Taliban has said they will back the government's polio vaccination program if they are guaranteed it will not be used to mask a US espionage campaign.
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Five contemporary English fiction titles from India - Misi Saran's "The Other Side of Light", Jeet Thayil's "Narcopolis", "Em and the Big Hoom" by Jerry Pinto, "The Wildlings" by Nilanjana Roy and "God on Every Wind" by Farhad Sorabjee - have been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2013.
London, Apr. 12 (ANI): An ambitious global plan to eradicate polio, a disease that once paralyzed and killed millions, has the backing of more than 400 eminent scientists from 80 countries.
Islamabad, Apr. 10 (ANI): A polio team was attacked by gunmen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province's on Wednesday, killing one policeman and injuring another.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 10 (IANS) Technopark headquartered IBS has entered into a multi-million dollar, 10-year contract with Chevron for implementing its 'Ilogistics solution suite' in the company's 29 countries in five continents.
Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) Though India has not reported a single case of polio in the past two years, there is no room for complacency as the virus still exists in some neighbouring countries, an official said here Tuesday.
Nairobi, April 6 (IANS) Kenya will face former African champions Ghana in an international friendly June 1, which coincides with the country's Independence Day.
Abuja, April 6 (IANS) At least 60 people were killed when a luxury bus, a truck and a fuel-laden tanker collided in Nigeria, officials said.
Rio de Janeiro, April 4 (IANS) Almost 70 percent of available tickets for June's Confederations Cup in Brazil have already been sold out, world football's governing body FIFA said.
Oran (Algeria), March 31 (IANS) Egypt Under-20 football team snatched the 2013 African Youth Championship (AYC) title at the Ahmed Zabana Stadium here after edging past Ghana 5-4 on penalties.
Islamabad, Mar 30 (ANI): Some 240,000 children in Pakistan have missed UN-sponsored polio vaccinations due to security concerns in the country's tribal regions, a top WHO official has said.
Call it a deliberate clash of dates or mere coincidence, the Indian elephant and the Chinese dragon were caught courting Africa on exactly the same dates this month!
London, Mar 23 (ANI): Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, also known as the 'father of modern African literature', has died at the age of 82 after a brief illness.
Washington, March 22 (IANS) Some 10 million Indians say they would like to leave their country and move to the US permanently -- the No. 1 desired destination for potential migrants around the world, according to a new poll.
Washington, Mar. 21 (ANI): A civilian court in New York has tried a man charged with violent and international terrorist crimes that prosecutors said is exactly what comes to mind when they think of 'al Qaeda'.
Abuja, March 20 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed and 65 injured in a suicide attack in northwest Nigeria Monday evening, police confirmed Tuesday.
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) India's efforts to raise its engagement with French-speaking Cote d'Ivoire - the former Ivory Coast - will see the formation of an India-Cote d'Ivoire Business Council that can serve as a bridge to the west African region.
Accra/New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) As Indian pharmaceutical companies face charges of selling counterfeit drugs in Africa, India has dubbed the allegations as "calculated attempts" by Western cartels to destroy its march to provide affordable medicines.
London, Mar 16 (ANI): Just 20 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) out of over 42,201 are responsible for spreading 50 percent of junk mails, phishing attacks and other malicious messages, a survey has revealed.
Accra/Lagos, March 13 (IANS) At a time the Indian pharmaceutical industry is attempting to brand itself to counter allegations of exporting counterfeit drugs, Ghana's Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has accused three local companies of distributing fake drugs from India.
Karachi, March 11 (ANI): A group of students from University of Karachi has explored health benefits of papaya and discovered some facts about the delicious tropical fruit, including its usage in lowering chances of heart attack and controlling diabetes.
Washington, Mar 11 (ANI): Britain, Italy and Greece have confirmed that hostages from their countries were among seven construction workers reported killed in Nigeria over the weekend.
Moscow, March 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Seven foreign hostages have been killed by a Nigerian Islamist group, the western governments said Sunday.
London, March 10 (IANS) Seven "Christian foreigners" taken hostage by a Nigerian Islamic terror group are feared to have been executed, a British daily said Sunday.
Washington, Mar 9 (ANI): FIFA has written to the Nigerian Football Federation to seek explanation over reports that lesbians have been banned from playing in the West Africa nation.
Los Angeles, March 9 (IANS) Basketball player Kris Humphries is unhappy about being blamed by some people for estranged wife Kim Kardashian's recent health issue.
Washington, March 9 (IANS) Nirbhaya, the "Fearless" victim of a gang rape in a Delhi bus, who became the focus of women around India and their fight against gender-based violence, was honoured Friday with a posthumous US "woman of courage" award.
Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) A subsidiary of Indian-owned Indorama Corporation, the world's largest producer of polyester and PET resin, will set up a $1.2 billion fertilizer plant in Nigeria - which will also be the single largest urea manufacturing complex in the world.
Geneva, Feb 22 (IANS/EFE) Some 30,000 elephants are slaughtered each year for their ivory tusks, a figure that could be reduced dramatically if Thailand, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria ban the ivory trade, the World Wildlife Fund, or WWF, said Thursday.
Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian Navy's Udaloy I class anti-submarine destroyer Severomorsk will take part in a NATO anti-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, a navy spokesman said.
Gaborone, Feb 21 (IANS) Botswana's cricket national team will depart for Uganda Thursday to compete in the International Cricket Council (ICC) - Africa Cricket Association (ACA) Twenty 20 Division One tournament that starts Sunday.
Abuja, Feb 21 (IANS) At least three people were killed and two injured in a suicide bomb attack Wednesday in Nigeria's Maiduguri city, Xinhua reported. The dead included the suicide bomber.
Lagos, Feb 20 (IANS) Gunmen attacked a vessel off southern Nigeria and kidnapped six foreigners on board, including three Ukrainians, two Indians and a Russian, police said Wednesday.
Kampala (Uganda), Feb 19 (IANS) Uganda has named an 18-man squad that will defend its title when the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa T20 tournament kicks off here Feb 23.
London, February 18 (ANI): A children's charity has said that the lives of 95 babies could be saved every hour if mothers started breastfeeding their newborns in the hour after their birth.
Washington, Feb 17 (ANI): Lionel Messi has passed yet another milestone in his already stellar career after he scored 300th goal for Barcelona as the Spanish La Liga leaders came from behind to beat Granada 2-1 on Saturday.
Lagos, Feb 15 (IANS) An Indian information technology company will train 1,500 computer aided designs and drafting (CADD) engineers in Nigeria annually.
Abuja (Nigeria), Feb 14 (IANS) The Nigerian House of Representatives called on the government to provide adequate funding for football and sports in general.
Abuja (Nigeria), Feb 13 (IANS) Nigeria's victorious football team was splashed with national honours, including plots of land and cash for winning the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Abuja (Nigeria), Feb 12 (IANS) Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan lauded the country's football team for their victory at the just concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosted by South Africa.
Johannesburg, Feb 12 (IANS) The Confederation of African Football (CAF) selected five members of the Nigerian national team for inclusion in the Team of the Tournament for the just ended Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).