SIMpray Kids Fun Facts – Nigeria

English is the official language in Nigeria, but unlike the UK, more than 500 languages are spoken in the country. Hausa is the most widely spoken and understood language.

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Football is the national sport. The national team, the ‘Super Eagles’, won the football gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, making Nigeria the first African country to win a gold medal for football in the Olympics.

Roughly 70 percent of people in Nigeria work in the agriculture. Farmers sell their produce on street markets.

Image by Sheyi Owolabi

One of the crops grown in Nigeria is rice. This is one of Samuel’s favourite foods. Click here for a traditional recipe for Nigerian jollof rice.

Nollywood is the nickname for the Nigerian Movie Industry, and it’s even bigger than Hollywood. It is estimated to be second in the world, only to Bollywood in India. About 200 movies are produced every week.

The only place in the world that you can see the endangered white-throated monkey in the wild is Nigeria. 

In her prayer request, Beth explained how hard it can be for people to be Christians in Nigeria. Nigeria is not the only place that this is the case. Our friends at Open Doors have lots of resources that can help you find out more. Click here for some colouring sheets that will help you pray for the persecuted church around the world.

Example of Open Doors colouring sheet