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.
1960 – Nigeria gains independence from British rule. Tafawa Balewa was Prime Minister and Nnamdi Azikiwe was President in a parliamentary system of government.
1966 – Military coup dethroned the elected government and within months a counter coup headed by Yakubu Gowon overthrew the military government of Aguyi Ironsi.
1967 – Ethnically based civil war broke out in Eastern region ending in 1971.
1999 – Return to democracy following many years of alternating civil and military rule.
2000 – ACT begins work in Lagos, in partnership with Olive Tree Parish of RCCG.
2012 – ACT expands its reach to Ipaja, in partnership with Ipaja Community Link (ICL).
GDP per capita: 1,968.56 USD (2017)
Population: 190.9 million (2017)
Largest cities: Abuja (the capital), Lagos, Kano
Literacy rate: 59.6% ; Male – 69.2%, Female – 49.7% (2015)
10.5 million children are not in school.
500+ indigenous languages and 250+ distinct ethnicities.
1 of every 4 sub-Saharan Africans live in Nigeria.
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 began work in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2000 collaborating with Olive Tree Parish (RCCG). Our operations expanded to Ajah, Ilaro (Ogun State) and Ile-Ife (Osun State).
Since 2012 our work has focused in Ipaja-Alimosho, in the north east of Lagos State in collaboration with Ipaja Community Link (ICL).
We run weekend tutorial lesson classes for the children. The ICL summer school is popular across the community and keeps children occupied with activities, as well as prepare the children who have completed primary school for the start of their first year at secondary school.
In 2019 students from St Chad’s Primary school chose to partner with ACT to carry out a Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The appeal provided 40 Christmas presents for ACT orphans in the Ipaja Community. Read more here.
- Weekend tutorial classes for children in primary and secondary school
- Summer school for the children
- Widows whole life skills project
- Operation Christmas gifts partnership with St Chads