Uyo - Nigeria, hometown of Mfon Udoinyang
I grew up in Uyo, the heartland of Ibibio nation, capital city of Akwa Ibom State and home to the University of Uyo. The city is in the southeastern tip of Nigeria, has a population of over 500,000 and is renowned for its raffia artworks, hospitality and delicious cuisines, such as èdíkàñ íkòñ, ékpáñ ñkùkwò, áfàñ soup and fufu, mhmmm. Another unique thing about Uyo is the ubiquitous àlálók or commercial motocyclists, which consitute the commonest means of transportation for its inhabitants.
Being so far away from home, I guess I could now claim Nigeria as my hometown. This giant of Africa is the continent's most populous nation with an estimated population of about 140 million people and a growth rate of 3 percent a year.
Situated in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, Nigeria has an area of 923, 766 square kilometers, roughly twice the size of California. She shares land borders with the Republics of Benin in the west, Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast and Cameroun in the east. The Atlantic Ocean provides 853 kilometers of unbroken coastline in the south and several picturesque beaches.
Ethnic & Political Diversity
Nigeria is as diverse as it is big, with a mix of more than 250 ethnic nationalities and about 500 distinct languages. The four major people groups are Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and Ibibio. Her social and cultural diversity is a delight for her citizens and tourists. Politically, the country is divided into 36 states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The states are further divided into 774 local government areas.
Christianity, Islam and African Traditional Religion.
Economy and Currency
The country's economy is petroleum-based. She is the world's eighth largest exporter of crude oil and the economic power house of West Africa, countributing nearly 50 percent of regional GDP.
The Nigerian currency is divided into Naira and Kobo. One hundred Kobo equals one Naira (N1.00 = 100K)
Abuja, Lagos (commercial capital), Kano, Port Harcourt and Calabar.
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