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%)


Nigerian Population:
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.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

African Canadian Online

African Community Services of Peel
20 Nelson Street West, Suite 302
Brampton, ON 
L6X 2M5
Phone: 905-460-9514

Churches in the GTA

All Nations Full Gospel Church
4401 Steeles Avenue West
Toronto, ON
M3N 2S4
Phone: 416-665-9964


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