With 134 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and has the ninth highest population in the world.

It does, however, come fourth in the world league of Aids sufferers, and life expectancy at birth is only 50 for both men and women.

The women, however, give birth to an average of 5.5 children.

A Nigerian has a greater than one-in-three chance of not reaching the age of 40.

The serendipity berry, which was discovered in Nigeria in the 1960s, is 1,500 times sweeter than sugar.

In the 1980s, it was reported that Nigeria's navy included 20 ships whose names all meant 'hippopotamus' in various languages and dialects spoken in the country.

It is illegal to import green cars into Nigeria.

In 2009, Nigerian police were reported to be holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Vigilantes took the animal to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323 car.