Facts & Figures

Country: The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Population: 162.5 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

Capital: Abuja

Area: 923,768 sq km (356,669 sq miles)

Main languages: English (official), local languages e.g. Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa

Main religions: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs

Life expectancy: 53 (WHO, 2011)

Literacy Rate: Adult [15+] 61%, Youth [15-24] 72% (UNESCO, 2010)

Urban Population (% of total): 18.1% (UN, 2012)

Population under 18 years: 79.9 million (UNICEF, 2011)

Child mortality: 124 children in every 1,000 likely to die before 5 years (WHO, 2011)

Child nutrition: 26.7% of children below 5 years underweight (WHO, 2012)

Number of children (0-17) who have lost one/both parents: 10.8 million (UNICEF, 2011)