Key Facts

Capital: Abuja
Population: 170,123,740 (July 2012 est.)
Ethnic Groups: more than 250 ethnic groups; 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%
Age Structure:0-14 years: 40.9%; 15-64 years: 55.9%; over 65 years: 3.1%%
GDP/GDP Growth Rate: $247.1 billion/6.9%
Health Expenditure: 5.8% of GDP
Maternal Mortality: 840 deaths/100,000 live births
Education Expenditure: N/A
Unemployment: 21%
Military Expenditure: 1.5% of GDP
Mobile Phones: 87.298 million
Internet Users: 43.989 million


Who’s Reporting

Mercy Abang 

Mercy Abang is a reporter and blogger, and writes on politics and current affairs in Nigeria.  She is  the Managing Editor, Citizens Platform an on-line television and Radio news platform. She is a volunteer and a member of EnoughIsEnough, Nigeria, and She is a media consultant (social/traditional).  Her personal blog is:, and she is on twitter at @AbangMercy and facebook: Abang Mercy Banku with URL

Emeka Nweze

Emeka Nweze is an autodidact, a writer and media ecologist. He holds a Bachelor of Communications from University of California. He presently resides in Abuja, Nigeria and is completing the national youth service program.