Nigeria holds several records across the continent. It is officially referred to as the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and is bordered by the Niger Republic in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east and Benin in the west. The country is made up of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (F.C.T) Abuja. With an estimated population of more than 150 million, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and the 7th most populated country in the world.
Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom on the 1st of October 1960, adopting the English language as its lingua franca, although Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa languages are widely spoken across the nation. Nigeria, which got its name from the River Niger is a country with a rich history, fascinating people and deep cultural heritage. The nation holds the record as one of the most diverse nations with several indigenous tribes and the African country with the most number of spoken languages (over 540 ethnic languages are spoken in the nation).