What Texas is to the United States, Nigeria is to Africa.
In 2014, the international spotlight shone on Nigeria, when 276 Nigerian school girls remained captives of the extremist group, Boko Haram, threatened to sell them into slavery. It is here that the Fraternity of St. Peter chooses to brave it's mission;
to bring Christ to all thirst.
1. Oil is Nigeria's largest economy - Thanks to crude oil revenues, it continues to gross 6 to 8% each year, according to CIA.
2. Religious Beliefs - Nigeria is an estimated 50% Muslim mostly in the north, 40% Christian in the south, and 10% indigenous beliefs spread throughout the country.
3. Poverty is still very present. Despite Nigeria's wealth, about 105 million people, 62% of the population still live in extreme poverty.
4. Population 170 million - it is Africa's most populous country. It is often called the "Giant of Africa."
5. Nigeria shares a border with Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger
6. The largest urban centers are Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, and the capital city Abuja. The Gulf of Guinea borders the country to the west. The south is lined with swamps while inland there are multiple hardwood forests.
7. One of the oldest locations of human existence. Evidence from archaeological discoveries have shown that there was a history of human existence in Nigeria which dates back to 9000 BC. The Nok civilization (around 500 BC - 200 AD) is the earliest known civilization here.
Nigeria is the most important country politically and economically in West Africa. It is richer than all other West African nations and holds considerable power. Oil is the largest export and more than half is shipped to the United States.
Since Nigeria won independence from Britain in 1960, it has suffered through corrupt leaders and occasional military rule. Extreme poverty rules the land in majority of the country with over 60% of the population living on less than a dollar a day. Unfair distribution of the country's oil wealth, as well as political, ethnic, and religious conflicts have put a strain on Nigerian society.