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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PM News15 Feb 2018

The state government of Lagos, Nigeria has introduced an economic strengthening initiative to support households caring for orphans and vulnerable children, according to this article from PM News Nigeria. 

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children14 Feb 2018

Prepared for the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit, held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14-15 February 2018, this report tracks progress towards prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children in Pathfinding countries. 

Channels Television8 Feb 2018

The House of Assembly of the State of Kaduna in Nigeria has passed into law a new Child Protection and Welfare Bill, according to this article from Channels Television.

Naija 247 News7 Feb 2018

The government of the state of Lagos in Nigeria has issued an ultimatum to unregistered children's homes in the state, calling on them to register with the authorities within 14 days "or risk forfeiture of their facilities," according to this article from Naija 247 News. 

UNICEF 24 Jan 2018

UNICEF is seeking a Child Protection Specialist in Nigeria.

Punch18 Jan 2018

"The Kaduna State Government has banned fostering and adoption of children due to abuses by orphanage homes in the state, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, has said."

UNICEF 27 Dec 2017

UNICEF is seeking a Child Protection Working Group Sub-Sector Coordinator in Borno, Nigeria.

Africa Investigates - Al Jazeera3 Dec 2017

For an episode of Africa Investigates, Ghana's undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and investigative reporter Rosemary Nwaebuni teamed up to investigate Nigeria's so-called "baby farms."

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.