Nigeria is part of the African continent. It sits in the southwestern region and borders the Republic of Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.Continue Reading
Although Nigeria became independent of British rule in 1960, it remained under military rule until 1999, when the first civilian elected the governmentd. The country is part of West Africa, and is considered to be part of the tropics. Its southern border is the Gulf of Guinea, and it touches the Lake of Chad to the northeast.
The country is one of the most populated African countries. As of 2014, Nigeria has the strongest economy on the continent; its gross domestic product overtook South Africa.Learn more about Africa
Because of Nigeria's long history, large population and considerable resources, the country is famous for quite a few things, including a booming economy and film industry, empires like the Sokoto Caliphate and the country's role in the slave trade. While Nigeria struggled for a long time under British colonial rule, it has emerged as a political, cultural and economic powerhouse in recent years.Full Answer >
Nigeria is located on the western coast of the continent of Africa on the Gulf of Guinea. Situated in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres, the absolute location of Nigeria is approximately between 5 and 13 degrees north latitude and 3 and 14 degrees east longitude.Full Answer >
The U.S. embassies in Nigeria have two locations: one in Abuja, the nation's capital, and one in Lagos. Although Abuja is, as of 2015, Nigeria's seat of government, Lagos is a much larger city and a commercial center for the region of West Africa.Full Answer >
Nigeria's vast supply of natural resources includes gold, lead, zinc, limestone, oil, gas, salt, cassiterite, clay, dolomite, marble, tantalite, bentonite, gypsum, kaolin, magnesite, silica, iron ore, lignite, phosphate, columbite, wolfram, coal and manganese. Additional resources are diatomite, hydrocarbons, bitumen, feldspar, syenite, marcasite, amethyst, aquamarine, asbestos, graphite, mica, rock crystal, ruby, sapphire, serpentinite, tantalum, topaz, tourmaline, copper, pyrochlore, baryte and bismuth.Full Answer >