Most of you know the back story of Dual Citizen - and if you don't, go here and find out! One of the underlying reasons we started Dual Citizen was to help to bring attention to the beautiful things that are happening in Lagos, Nigeria and really, Africa as a whole and how that fits with what's going on in the US. There is an amazing fashion world out there and Dual Citizen, in our minds, is just a small part of what's to come. More on this fashion scene but wanted to take the time to call out 5 facts that you probably didn't know about Nigeria. To a lot of people, the first thing that comes to mind are internet scams - curses! - but here are a couple other things that should come to mind when you think about Nigeria:
1. 33% of land in Nigeria is arable
This means that 1/3rd of Nigeria's territory is ripe for agriculture. In fact, agriculture & farming employs about 60% of the population.
2. Nigeria is the third largest English speaking nation in the world behind India and the US.
Combine the facts that Nigeria is a British colony and the massive population - 174 million - it's no surprise that Nigeria trails just behind India and the US as the largest English speaking nation.
3. Nigeria has the 3rd largest movie industry after Bollywood and Hollywood.
Have you heard of Nollywood? Nollywood is the movie industry of Nigeria and IT. IS. HUGE. For reals. Check out the Wiki page. Nollywood is the largest movie industry in Africa in terms of value and number of films produced. In 2013 alone, Nollywood generated about $10 billion (USD). Woahh.
4. 28% of Forbes' 40 richest African entrepreneurs are Nigerian.
In addition to this, Nigeria has the highest rate of young people, who had studied or lived abroad, returning to the country to create industries, disrupt industries and to take advantage of the vast possibilities that are there. Entrepreneurial spirit definitely runs through Nigerian blood so, we can say: We're born with it.
5. 7th most populous country in the world.
This is probably why Nigeria is nicknamed the "Giant of Africa." As mentioned before, the population of Nigeria is about 174 million - and it's crowded. This is another reason so many are returning to the country: there's a huge opportunity to be tapped into. Technology, Telecommunications, Fashion, Infrastructure - you name it and there's probably an area of growth.
Well folks, there you have it. 5 facts about Nigeria that have NOTHING to do with internet scams :) Of course there's a ton more but we'll leave you with this bite size of information about the "African Giant."
Have a great week everyone.