Nigeria – 150th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Nigeria is my 150th country.
Nigeria is most populous country in Africa with over 200 million people. Indigenous civilizations date back over 4000 years ago. Modern Nigeria came into fruition in the 19th century under British colonial rule. Nigeria became an independent state in 1960, followed by a brutal civil war in the late 1960s. For the last 20 years, Nigeria has been ruled by a democratic government. Nigeria is comprised of 250 ethnic groups which speak 500 distinctive languages with English being the official language. Nigeria is split somewhat evenly with Muslims mostly in the north and Christians in the south. And this West African country is the largest economy on the continent which is powered my oil revenues.
I spent two weeks road tripping from Abuja, the bland capital, to Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city. I arrived a bit after midnight from Liberia and picked up my pricey Visa on Arrival for $300. While Nigeria is both humongous and overpopulated, this is an untouched country tourism. During my two weeks I did not encounter any other foreign tourists. Highlights included prostrating myself in front of a king to visiting a traditional weaving village.
Nigeria is my 150th country.