Around the World – Nigeria

The skyline of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, at sunrise.

We continue our journey to different parts of the world with a trip to Nigeria. The country is located in the Western part of Africa, with land along the Atlantic Ocean. Since gaining its independence from the UK in 1960, Nigeria has lived through military rule and civilian rule, but its democratically elected government must now deal with increasing ethnic/religious strife. As the most populous country in Africa, the way it deals with these issues may have a profound impact on its neighbors.

 

Here are a few other interesting details about Nigeria:

  • Oil is the largest industry, and Nigeria is currently ranked 7th in international oil exports.
  • The current president is named Goodluck Jonathan. He has served since the previous president died in May 2010. New elections will take place in 2011.
  • Nigeria encapsulates tropical rainforests, coastal plains, highlands, savannah, and the semi-arid region of Sahel (in which the Sahara is beginning to encroach).

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BOOKS:

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden

Ake: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays by Chinua Achebe

GraceLand by Christopher Abani

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda NgoziAdichie

I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Nwaubani

The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

Married to Africa: A Love Story by G. Pascal Zachary

Measuring Time: A Novel by Helon Habila

Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline by Lisa Margonelli

The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis by Wole Soyinka

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Treachery in the Yard: A Nigerian Thriller by Adimchinma Ibe

You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir by Wole Soyinka

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WEBSITES:

BBC News Country Profile: Nigeria

CIA World Factbook: Nigeria

The Guardian (Nigerian newspaper)

Nigeria: Official Website

Wikipedia: Nigeria

 

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