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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

    · National Name: The Federal Republic of Nigeria
    · Capital: Abuja
    · Total area: 923,768 sq km (356,669 sq miles)
    · Population: 151.5 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Nigerian Naira
    · Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%
    · Religion: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $2,200 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 45.78 years, Female: 47.32 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 75.7%, Female: 60.6% (2003 est.)

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:

    · The Hills of Benue
    · Lake Chad
    · Ogbunike Cave
    · The Long JuJu Shrine of Arochukwu

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May 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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Airtel revenue rises in Africa

May 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) India's Bharti Airtel Wednesday reported a 16 percent growth in revenue in its Africa operations at $1.2 billion during the quarter ended March 31 over the like period of the previous financial year.

Man held in Sri Lanka with cocaine in belly

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Colombo, May 2 (IANS) A Philippine national who had cocaine stashed in his stomach has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

15 dead in Nigeria attack

April 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

London, April 29 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed Sunday in a gun and bomb attack at a university in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, BBC reported.

UAE officials meet foreign leaders

April 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 27 (IANS/WAM) Top officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have met their counterparts from Portugal, Italy, Peru, China, Spain and Nigeria to discuss strengthening ties.

Airtel Nigeria to help fight AIDS (With Image)

April 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Abuja, April 27 (IANS) Airtel Nigeria, the Nigerian arm of Indian mobile services provider Airtel, and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) have announced a joint initiative to set up a call centre that would provide information on HIV/AIDS and help fight its spread in the West African country.

40 dead as newspaper offices bombed in Nigeria

April 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Lagos, April 26 (IANS) At least 37 people were killed and 100 others injured Thursday when suicide bombers rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the office of This Day daily, a leading Nigerian newspaper, in the capital city Abuja. A second office was bombed in Kaduna state in which three people died.

37 dead as newspaper offices bombed in Nigeria

April 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Lagos, April 26 (IANS) At least 37 people were killed and 100 others injured Thursday when a powerful explosion hit the office of Thisday daily, a leading Nigerian national newspaper, in the capital city Abuja. A second office was bombed in Kaduna state.

Newspaper offices bombed in Nigeria

April 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Lagos, April 26 (IANS) Two offices of a leading national newspaper in Nigeria were bombed by unidentified attackers Thursday, Xinhua reported.

10 mn Indians wish to move to US: Gallup poll

April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Washington, April 25 (IANS) Around 13 percent of the world's adults -- or over 640 million people -- would like to emigrate with roughly 150 million, including ten million Indians wishing to settle in America.

ABD to launch semi-premium whiskey in Nigeria

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Kolkata, April 24 (IANS) Allied Blenders and Distillers (ABD), India's third largest spirits company, is to launch 'Officer's Choice Blue', a semi-premium whiskey, in Nigeria and Malaysia within a couple of months, a top company executive said Tuesday.

22 mn Chinese seek migration to US

April 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Beijing, April 24 (IANS) Experts in China have called for more measures from the government to stop the outflow of talent after an American study said 22 million Chinese want to leave the country and settle in the US.

Neem tree can be effective for HIV treatment

April 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

A recent study by Indian origin researcher has revealed that the extracts of neem tree that are found in abundance in the tropical and subtropical areas can help to prohibit the multiplication of virus.

Neem tree may hold clues for HIV treatment

April 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): An Indian origin researcher has hinted that extracts from neem tree, profuse in tropical and subtropical areas, may thwart the virus from multiplying.

Spanish doctor kidnapped in Nigeria set free

April 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Madrid, April 22 (IANS/EFE) Spanish physician Jose Manuel Machimbarrena, kidnapped in Nigeria April 4, has been freed and is in good health though "pretty tired", officials at Spain's foreign ministry said Saturday.

India to host WITFOR 2012 tomorrow

April 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): India is all set to host the World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) 2012 at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Tuesday.

ISB signs MoU to offer executive education in Pakistan

April 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) In the first such tie-up, the Indian School of Business (ISB), one of the top B-schools in the world, Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karachi's Institute of Business Administration (IBA) to provide executive education in Pakistan.

70,000 newborns in Nigeria are HIV positive

April 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Abuja, April 13 (IANS) About 70,000 newborns in Nigeria are HIV positive, a top government official of the west African nation has revealed.

Pak students face tough Brit visa tests as 40 percent applicants could be bogus

April 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

London, Apr 13 (ANI): Britain will have tough visa tests for Pakistani students wanting to come to the country after a pilot scheme found that as many as four in ten applicants may be bogus.

Britain wastes millions on deporting migrants

April 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

London, April 12 (IANS) Britain's border control agency has wasted millions of pounds on chartering half-empty flights to deport illegal migrants, including Pakistanis and Sri Lankans, a media report said Thursday.

Spain retain top spot in FIFA ranking

April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Madrid, April 12 (IANS) Spain retained first position in the newly-released FIFA rankings but the Netherlands, which were second in March, dropped to fourth, while Germany and Uruguay moved up to the second and third positions, respectively.

Spanish doctor kidnapped in Nigeria

April 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Madrid, April 12 (IANS/EFE) The kidnapping in Nigeria of a Spanish physician has "all the characteristics" of being an economic crime rather than a political one, Spain's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Smart robocopters to ferret out pirates' boats

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Washington, April 9 (IANS) US naval robocopters, carrying powerful sensors, will be able to ferret out small pirate boats even if they are indistinguishable from other vessels.

Family seeks release of Indian sailor from pirates

April 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Family members of a Kerala sailor, who is among 17 Indians on board a Nigerian vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, have urged the Indian government to intervene in seeking their release.

Urban populations expected to grow in Asia, Africa: UN

April 6, 2012 at 1:21 PM

United Nations, April 6 (IANS) The 2011 version of a UN report on urbanization has projected that there will be significant increases in population in cities on the Asian and African continents by the year 2050, an official said here.

Iran to play UAE in football friendly

April 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Tehran, April 5 (IANS) Iran's national football team will play a friendly match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in preparation for the final stage of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil.

Blast in Nigeria kills bomber

April 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Kaduna (Nigeria) April 2 (IANS) A bomb explosion in Nigerian city of Kaduna left a suspected bomber as killed while seriously injuring two others, said police.

Unicef urges India to curb open defecation

March 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Tuesday stressed the urgent need for India, the first among 12 countries where open defecation takes place, to check and curb the practice and reduce the high rate of water-borne disease in rural communities.

Maiden title for Vekic in women's tennis championship

March 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Bangalore, March 24 (IANS) Ninth seed Donna Vekic, the 15-year-old from Croatia, ranked 397, won the $25,000 QNet ITF Open women's tennis tournament beating fourth seed Andrea Koch Benvenuto of Chile 6-2, 6-4 in the final here Saturday.

Human Rights Watch says UN rights council vote on Lanka is a strong message for justice

March 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Geneva, Mar.23 (ANI): The United Nations Human Rights Council's adoption of a resolution on Sri Lanka demonstrates strong international support for accountability for abuses committed in Sri Lanka's armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said.

Ex-Nigerian president to visit India for five days

March 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

New Delhi, Mar.12 (ANI): Former Nigerian president Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo will undertake a five-day visit of India from March 12 to 16. He will be accompanied by a nine-member delegation that includes prominent Nigerian businessmen.

WHO removes India's name from polio endemic countries list

February 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed India?s name from the list of polio-endemic countries.

WHO takes India's name off polio endemic countries list

February 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

New Delhi, Feb.25 (ANI): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has taken India off the list of polio-endemic countries.

PM to inaugurate 'Polio Summit 2012' on Feb. 25

February 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the two-day 'Polio Summit 2012' at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Saturday.

PM to inaugurate 'Polio Summit 2012' on Feb. 25

February 23, 2012 at 5:40 PM

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the two-day 'Polio Summit 2012' at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Saturday.

Future of telecom industry very secure, says Bharti Enterprises Deputy CEO

February 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

NOIDA (Uttar Pradesh), feb.17 (ANI): Inaugurating the eighth National Telecom Seminar with the theme ' Telefocus' here this week, Akhil Gupta, Deputy CEO and MD, Bharti Enterprises, said that he believed that the future of the Indian telecom industry was secure and bright, while admitting that it was facing some problems.

Future of telecom industry very secure, says Bharti Enterprises Deputy CEO

February 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

NOIDA (Uttar Pradesh), feb.17 (ANI): Inaugurating the eighth National Telecom Seminar with the theme ' Telefocus' here this week, Akhil Gupta, Deputy CEO and MD, Bharti Enterprises, said that he believed that the future of the Indian telecom industry was secure and bright, while admitting that it was facing some problems.

Intelligence agencies warn of growing 'Lone Wolf' terror threat to UK ahead of Olympics

February 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

London, Feb.8 (ANI): Britain and the Olympics face a growing threat from "lone wolf" terrorists who have taught themselves how to build bombs using al Qaeda publications, a leading security think tank has warned.

'Al-Qaeda aiding Boko Haram in carrying out deadly attacks in Nigeria'

February 6, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Abuja, Feb 6 (ANI): Al-Qaeda operatives in North Africa have reportedly helped to transform Boko Haram into a terrorist group capable of killing hundreds in sophisticated attacks.

Islamist group Boko Haram vows to 'continue violence' until Nigeria establishes sharia law

January 28, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Abuja (Nigeria), Jan 28 (ANI): Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed almost 1,000 people in the country, has vowed to continue its campaign of violence until the nation reverts to sharia law.

Islamist group Boko Haram vows to 'continue violence' until Nigeria establishes sharia law

January 28, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Abuja (Nigeria), Jan 28 (ANI): Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed almost 1,000 people in the country, has vowed to continue its campaign of violence until the nation reverts to sharia law.

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