KBC Offline Quiz: Which is the most populous country in the continent of Africa?





Answer: Nigeria

Nigeria is the most populous country in the continent of Africa. Nigeria is a country in West Africa.  With a population of nearly 218 million, it is the sixth-most populated country in the world and the most populous country in Africa. Its total size is 923,769 square kilometers (356,669 square miles). Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin are Nigeria’s northern, eastern, and western neighbors. Nigeria, a federal republic with 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (where Abuja, the nation’s capital, is located), is made up of these parts. Lagos, one of the world’s largest cities and the second-largest in Africa, is the capital of Nigeria.

Since the second millennium BC, Nigeria has been the site of a number of indigenous pre-colonial governments and kingdoms, with the Nok civilization representing the first period of internal cohesion in the nation. The contemporary state was created by British colonialization in the 19th century, and Lord Lugard’s 1914 merger of the Southern and Northern Nigeria Protectorates gave it its current territorial configuration. The British established governmental and legal frameworks while using traditional chiefdoms in the Nigerian region to exercise indirect power.  On 1 October 1960, Nigeria formally became a federation. It went through a civil war from 1967 to 1970, then a series of military dictatorships and democratically elected civilian governments, until the 1999 presidential election brought about a stable democracy.

Nigeria is a multicultural state with more than 250 different ethnic groups that speak 500 different languages and identify with a wide range of cultural traditions.  The three major ethnic groups, who together make up more than 60% of the population, are the Hausa in the north, the Yoruba in the west, and the Igbo in the east. English was chosen as the official language in order to promote linguistic cohesion on a national scale. The freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution, and the country simultaneously has some of the largest Muslim and Christian populations in the world. Muslims, who reside primarily in the north of Nigeria, and Christians, who are primarily in the south; indigenous religions, such as those exclusive to the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups, are in the minority.

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