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Happy Independence day to Nigeria (Giants of Africa), a Nation Blessed and endawned with lots of natural resources, a loving people with so much rich cultural heritage.

Today, 1st October in 1960, Gained their independence form British rule, and the date has ever since been marked yearly as a day of celebration.

The current population of Nigeria is 207,362,394 as of Wednesday, September 30, 2020, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Nigeria 2020 population is estimated at 206,139,589 people at mid year according to UN data. Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.64% of the total world population. Nigeria ranks number 7 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Nigeria is 226 per Km2 (586 people per mi2). The total land area is 910,770 Km2 (351,650 sq. miles), 52.0 % of the population is urban (107,112,526 people in 2020), The median age in Nigeria is 18.1 years.

In New York, Nigeria’s Independence Day has been marked by celebrations since in 1991 and are the largest by any African nation in the United States.

Nigeria is made up of several ethnic groups, majority of which are the Igbo, Hausa and the Yoruba.  Within these ethnic groups are several tribes numbering 371.

There are over 525 native languages spoken in Nigeria. The official language of Nigeria is English, the former language of colonial British Nigeria.

Some Nigerian Delicacies

Jollof Rice

This is one of the most popular foods in Nigeria and is eaten in every part of the country. You may wonder what it is that can be so highly rated and it will shock you to know that it is simply rice prepared with tomato, onion, pepper, and some other spices.

It is sometimes served with vegetables, chicken or beef and fried fish. This dish is not only popular in Nigeria but also in some other West African countries such as Ghana.

Pounded Yam and egusi souap

This is a very soft food served in several Nigerian homes and restaurants. It can be enjoyed with a variety of soups such as Ogbono, Egusi, vegetable, and Afang soups. 

The prepare Pounded Yam, the desired quantity of yam is peeled,

This boiled yam is then pounded in a mortar until a soft mash is formed. The people of Western Nigeria, called the Yorubas, are known to be very fond of pounded yam, but it is also eaten among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria.

It is consumed in several homes especially during celebrations. Its unique texture and fluffiness are some of the qualities that make this soup a special Nigerian delicacy.

The Egusi soup is prepared from processed melon seed using ingredients like stockfish, red oil, meat, stockfish, vegetables, seafood, onions, and other condiments. The soup is served with pounded yam, garri, amala, etc.

Nkwobi

This is a very common soup among the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria. Nkwobi is prepared from cow legs and head, and is mostly a traditional dessert, adequately garnished with Utazi leaves and palm oil. It is usually eaten with a glass of palm wine, which is said to be the best drink to flush it down the belly

Ewa Agoyin

This is a delicacy that is very popular among the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. It originated from the Benin Republic. Ewa Agoyin is cooked mashed beans eaten with pepper sauce.

This sauce is made not just from pepper but also involves onion, tomato, crayfish, and some spices. This combination produces a taste that will make you ask for more.

Abacha and Ugba

This is another Nigerian food common among the Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria. It is also called African salad. Abacha is prepared from cassava, which is first properly cooked, then grated before being sun dried. These sundried cassava flakes are then used to prepare Abacha.

This delicious delicacy is made with sliced Ugba (oil bean seed) and some fresh vegetables. It is mostly served with fried fish and ponmo (cowskin) and eaten as a dessert.

Amala and Ewedu

Ewedu is a delicious soup mostly associated with the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. It is, however, a very popular delicacy in the country. Ewedu soup is made from the leaves of a Jute plant that is blended into a mucilaginous form such as okra soup.

Ewede soup is usually garnished with a lot of meat and ponmo (cowskin) and best served with Amala. A tomato-pepper sauce can also be added to the Ewedu soup to accommodate for the slight bitterness possessed by the Jute plant leaves.

Efo Riro

This is a very delicious Nigerian soup, which is mostly associated with the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. Efo riro is made with a combination of pumpkin leaves, chicken or smoked fish, and beef. Vegetables like water leaf and spinach can also be used in place of pumpkin leaves.

Tuwo Shinkafa

This a very popular dish is associated with the Hausa people of Northern Nigeria. The word “Tuwo Shinkafa” means “mashed rice”. It is prepared by boiling rice to tenderness and then mashing it into a semi-solid form. It is served with soups like Miyan Kuka, Miyan Kardashi or even bean soup. It is usually eaten as either lunch or dinner.

Major Tourism Site

Yankari Game Reserve

Lekki Conservation Centre

Most Beautiful City in nigeria

Abuja

Lagos

Calabar

Warri

Did you know?

The city of Lagos was the capital until 1986, when the government moved to Abuja.

Nigeria is blessed with 16 natural resources

Nigeria has over 50 Tourism centers

Nigeria has had 6 presidents

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