Nigeria is the largest populated country in Africa with about 180 million inhabitants, more than 60 percent of whom are under 25 years of age. Each Nigerian represents one of every four Africans. The country has about 250 ethnic groups, each with its own language. The capital is Abuja, located at the centre of the country. Lagos, the former capital, is the business and commercial capital of the country. Although rich in crude oil and gas, Nigeria is a poor nation with very high wealth disparities. Nigeria is bordered by Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and the Atlantic Ocean.
GDP per capita: $3203
Population: 181 million (over 50% under 14)
Largest cities: Abuja (the capital), Lagos, Kano
Nigeria borders with Benin to the west, Niger to the north, Lake Chad to the north east, Cameroon to the south east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south, which connects it to the Atlantic Ocean.
Places of Interest: Abuja Gate, Abuja National Mosque, National Christian Centre of Abuja, Oshogbo
ACT in Nigeria
ACT started working in Nigeria in 2001 supporting orphan children through Olive Tree Parish of the Redeemed Church in Lagos. The work expanded to children in Ajah in partnership with Bethesda and in Ilaro and Ile-Ife. Since 2013 ACT has focused its effort in the Ayobo-Ipaja area in the north west border of Lagos State working with partner Ipaja Community Link (ICL).
136 vulnerable children have benefited from ACT education support since 2001. In Ayobo-Ipaja ACT now supports 46 children but plans to increase this to 100 children within the next 12 months. ACT partner ICL organises weekend tutorial lessons for the children to help them with homework. They also organize a summer school to prepare children who have completed primary school and passed for life in secondary school.