Overview

Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, is known for its natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Safari destinations such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park showcase waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of its most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja that’s pictured on the national currency

The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was allegedly coined in the late 19th century by British journalist Flora Shaw, who later married Baron Frederick Lugard, a British colonial administrator. The origin of the name Niger, which originally applied only to the middle reaches of the Niger River, is uncertain. The word is likely an alteration of the Tuareg name egerew n-igerewen used by inhabitants along the middle reaches of the river around Timbuktu prior to 19th-century European colonialism

Etymology

Population

Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. With an estimated 175-180 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world

The Third Mainland Bridge

The Third Mainland Bridge is the longest bridge in Africa connecting Lagos Island to the mainland. The bridge was opened in 1990 by the then President Ibrahim Babandiga. The bridge, which now requires significant structural improvement, measures approximately 11.8 km in length. 

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