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

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.

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.

UNICEF14 Jun 2016

This report from UNICEF highlights the many dangers, risks, and challenges faced by unaccompanied refugee and migrant children travelling to Europe on their own to escape conflict, poverty, or other forms of oppression.

Press Association - The Guardian29 Mar 2016

Research from the Howard League for Penal Reform suggests that children in care in the UK are more likely to be criminalized, and to come into contact with the criminal justice system, particularly children in residential care homes, according to this article from the Guardian.