With an estimated population of 131,859,731 comprising of over 250 different ethnic groups, Nigeria is easily Africa's most populous nation. English is the official language and in addition, four other “major” languages of Fulani, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba are predominantly spoken as its native speakers constitute a significant majority of the population.

Nigeria produces approximately 3% of the world's oil import. Its economy is centered on oil exploration which constitutes about 95% of its exports and contributes 65% to the federal governments’ revenue. Nigeria has proven oil reserves of approximately 25 billion barrels and an estimated 100 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. Nigeria is currently the source of 11 percent of U.S. oil imports and analysts estimate that over the next few years, 25-30 percent of oil consumed in America will come from West Africa, specifically Nigeria.

Nigerian people are friendly and hospitable, and are often willing to put themselves out of their way to ensure a guests comfort.

If you are ever in Nigeria, here are some of the really cool places to visit:

You might want to plan your visit around some of Nigeria's spectacular traditional festivals such as the Argungun fishing festival celebrated in Sokoto state, and the Durbar festival celebrated in the two northern states of Kano and Katsina. Don't forget to bring your camera to take pictures of what promises to be nothing short of an amazing journey!

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