Located on the Ivory Coast, Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic. It faces huge challenges, including poverty among its 175 million people, plus inadequate power supply and infrastructure. However, the nearly 357,000-square mile country's economy is growing rapidly, and for the past six years, Nigeria's GDP has averaged nearly 7 percent growth per year to about $273 billion in 2012. The country's official language is English, a remnant of its century-long history as a British colony before independence in 1960, but hundreds of languages are spoken there.


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