Nigeria•For most of its Independence since 1960, Nigeria – Africa’s largest and potentially wealthiest country has been under one military leadership after another•Almost all military coups espouse “reform” and elimination of corruption as their incentive•However, when people’s voices are silenced the government can do as it pleases.•Recent democratic elections: 1999, 2003, 2007
Africa’s Most Populous Countries 2007 & 2008 (millions)Country20072008Nigeria144148Ethiopia7779Egypt73.475Congo Dem Rep.62.666South Africa47.948.3Sudan38.639.4Tanzania38.740.2www.prb.org
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Nigeria’s Ethnic Groups•Nigeria is Africa's most populous country at 140+ million people.•Composed of more than 250 ethnicgroups.•Most populous and politically influential:–Hausa and Fulani29%–Yoruba21%, –Igbo/Ibo 18%, –Ijaw 10%, –Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%Religious Affiliation in Nigeria: Muslim 50%Christian 40%Indigenous 10%