Nigeria also know as The Federal Republic of Nigeria often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and The Fastest Growing Economy in Africa. With approximately 200million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.
Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world and the country is viewed as a multinational state, as it is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba; these ethnic groups speak over 500 different languages, and are identified with wide variety of cultures.
The official language is English and Nigeria is divided roughly in half between Christians, who live mostly in the southern part of the country, and Muslims in the northern part. A minority of the population practises religions indigenous to Nigeria, such as those native to the Igbo and Yoruba peoples.
As of 2015, Nigeria is the world's 20th largest economy, worth more than $500 billion and $1 trillion in terms of nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively. It overtook South Africa to become Africa's largest economy in 2014.
The 2013 debt-to-GDP ratio was 11 percent and Nigeria is considered to be an emerging market by the World Bank; it has been identified as a regional power on the African continent, a middle power in international affairs, and has also been identified as an emerging global power.
Nigeria is a member of the MINT group of countries, which are widely seen as the globe's next "BRIC-like" economies. It is also listed among the "Next Eleven" economies set to become among the biggest in the world. Nigeria is a founding member of the African Union and a member of many other international organizations, including the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations and OPEC.
Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea also have many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna, rare primate habitats and world class hotels.
Explore Calabar, also referred to as “Canaan City” is the capital city of Cross River State in southern Nigeria. The original name for Calabar was Akwa Akpa, from the Efik language.
Tourist Attractions in Calabar - The colonial architecture which can be found in the older parts of the city provides stunning views over the city and the river. The great Mary Slessor’s tomb is a major tourist attraction and the Calabar carnival held from 1st of December to 31st of December every year is also an important tourist attraction that pulls crowd from across the world. “The people paradise” is the name given to Calabar by tourist and the indigenes.
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