Demographic Data

  • Total Population: 173,620,000
  • Population under 15: 46%
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 52.5 years
  • Human Development Index: 152 out of 187
  • World Bank Status: Lower Middle Income
  • HIV/AIDS Prevalence (age 15-49): 3.2%
  • Mean Household Composition: 4.6 persons
  • Female-Headed Households: 19%
  • Early Marriage (% of children married by 18 years): 49%

Sources: World Bank, UNDP, UNAIDS, DHS 2013

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Vanguard4 Nov 2017

The Institute of Social Work of Nigeria has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sign a bill establishing a National Council of Social Work, according to this article.

Kazeem Ugbodaga - PM News18 Sep 2017

Lagos government has announced its concerns about institutionalization and the state's consideration of a review of adoption processes to address current practice gaps. 

MEASURE Evaluation and USAID15 Sep 2017

This infographic provides a historical timeline of the alternative care reform process in Ghana, marking key achievements in the establishment of policies, guidelines, procedures, and programs to improve the quality of care and protection for children without adequate family care.

Tare Youdeowei - Vanguard3 Jul 2017

The Association of Orphanages and Homes Operators in Nigeria, ASOHON, made an appeal to federal and state government leaders for technical support to improve children's homes in rural areas. 

John Akubo - The Guardian Nigeria24 Jun 2017

Kogi State Commissioner for Women and Social Development, Mrs. Bolanle Amupitan gives warning to children's homes facilitating illegal adoptions and those keeping children who have become adults to attract more funds from donor agencies. Baby homes are increasing, with 706 children still unclaimed in the 18 registered orphanage homes in the state.

Stephanie Findlay (AFP) - The Guardian Nigeria18 May 2017

​Children orphaned by Boko Haram Islamists are overcrowding the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, whose population has doubled to over two million due to those seeking shelter from the conflict. 

Fidelis Mbah12 Mar 2017

Street children in Nigeria face risks of being recruited by terrorist organizations.  This program held by American University of Nigeria hopes to reduce children’s risks of recruitment.

Ademola L. Adelekan et al. - Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Science 25 Feb 2017

This article presents the achievements of a care and support programme among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Bayelsa State, Nigeria as well as the implications for future programming. 

Ademola L. Adelekan et al - IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science (IOSR-JNHS)1 Feb 2017

This paper therefore presents achievements and implications of care and support programme among OVC in Kogi State, Nigeria 

Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian17 Nov 2016

At a small primary school in north-east Nigeria, a group of uniformed orphans are greeting a visitor to their art class. Some are the children of Boko Haram fighters.