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Nigeria currently holds the title for being the most populous nation in Africa. With an estimated 170 million people speaking 520 local dialects , the country boasts of its sheer size and cultural diversity.
On April 6, 2014, Nigeria emerged as the largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $594.257 billion surpassing South Africa by $253.041 billion. The Nation currently ranks as the 20th largest in terms of Purchasing Power Parity and is one of the fastest emerging markets in the world.
The Nigerian Movie Industry (Nollywood) is the second largest in the world in terms of annual film productions and output and is the second-largest employer in the country (according to a controversial report by UNESCO).
Internet usage in the country also grew between 2012 and 2015 from 48.4 million users to 81.4 million keeping her at number 1 in Africa.
Nigeria has an estimated adult literacy rate of 56.9%. Transparency International ranked Nigeria as the 15th most corrupt country in the world in December 2014.
Terrorist insurgents such as the Boko Haram Islamic sect in the North and the militant coalition known as Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) in the southern region occasionally threaten the country’s peace and stability .
President Muhammadu Buhari who had previously lost 3 times, won the 2015 presidential elections which was an unprecedented step for democracy in the country and showed the new commitment to the democratic process.
Despite the country’s high economic metrics and indicators, over 50% of the country lives in poverty and there seem to be little to know improvement in living standards. Effective strides are currently being made to lighten the dark angles in the country’s path. Many say The Federal Republic of Nigeria has a zestful future. Others analyse the facts and predict its doom.
What do you think. Is Nigeria ready to lead the African Continent ? What are your reasons