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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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 - 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.

12 Oct 2016

Thomson Reuters reports that an increasing number of women in Nigeria are fooled into giving up their children.  

William W. Hansen - Perspectives on Terrorism1 Oct 2016

In this article, William W. Hansen argues that the street children who populate the cities of Northern Nigeria have no means of support other than begging for their daily food, petty crime or providing casual labor. 

Bamas Victoria6 Sep 2016

The Bold Heart Campaign project of Weinspires Global Foundation held an awareness campaign at the Bwari central market in Nigeria.

Aminu Abubakar - Yahoo! News25 Aug 2016

Experts warn of a growing divide between women who were captured and children born to Boko Haram militants and the rest of the population.

BBC17 Aug 2016

Maria David Zaya discusses the search to find her daughter who was kidnapped by Boko Haram close to two years ago.

UNICEF1 Aug 2016

This article discusses the major population displacement that unfolded in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin.