Nigeria is found in western Africa. The country has southwestern coastline along the Gulf of Guinea and shares land boundaries with Benin, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Nigeria's geographical location is the basis for much of its economic activity. The country sits on a large oil reserve, and its economy depends heavily on exporting crude oil and gas.
Population: 174.5 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Hausa and Fulani (29%), Yoruba (21%), Igbo (Ibo) (18%), Ijaw (10%), Kanuri (4%), Ibibio (3.5%), Tiv (2.5%), others
Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, indigenous languages
Religions: Muslim (50%), Christian (40%), indigenous beliefs (10%)
NIGERIANS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 19,515
In the GTA: 10,435
In the City of Toronto: 3,950
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Brampton, Mississauga, City of Toronto (ward 42 Scarborough - Rouge River; Wards 1 & 2 Etobicoke North
Nigeria is the eighth most populated country in the world and is home to more people than any other country in Africa. There are more than 520 ethnic groups in Nigeria. Nigeria is constitutionally a secular state with freedom of religion. However shari'a law in the northern Muslim states has resulted in persecution against Christians and other religious minorities. Besides Muslims and Christians, there is also a significant portion of the Nigerian population that subscribes to indigenous beliefs. Indigenous beliefs in Nigeria hold that there is a supreme being who created the universe. Lesser gods and deities are believed to have special powers and intermediate between the supreme being and humans, so some Nigerians will pray and make sacrifices to these gods and deities.
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