THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(Abuja, Nigeria )
For Immediate Release August 26, 2000
- Nigeria is nearly twice the size of California.
- Nigeria, with a population estimated at 110 million, is the most
populous country in Africa and the 10th largest in the world.
- One in five sub-Saharan Africans is Nigerian.
- There are hundreds of thousands of Nigerians currently in the United
States. Nearly 200,000 are American citizens.
- Nigeria is inhabited by over 250 ethnic groups. Muslims make up
about 50 percent of religious adherents, Christians about 40 percent,
while 10 percent follow traditional beliefs.
- Nigeria is the world's sixth-largest oil exporter, accounting for 7%
of oil imports to the United States.
- There is 1 telephone for every 220 people in Nigeria.
- Only 9,000 Nigerians have access to the Internet.
- Sixty percent of Nigerians earn less than $1 per day.
- The Nigerian Stock Exchange is one of the few stock exchanges in the
world to be run by a woman. The Chairman is Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke.
- The life expectancy, at birth, is 56 years in Nigeria compared to 76
years in the United States.
- Nigeria's infant mortality rate is 87 deaths per 1,000 live
births-the 15th highest rate in the world.
- Nigerian military and uniformed police personnel have participated in
27 peacekeeping missions around the world.
- Nigerian author, Wole Soyinka, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in
- Nigerian athletes have won 14 medals in the Olympics-winning 6 at the
1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.