Nigeria has diverse ethnic and/or tribal groups occupying the numerous local governments in the 36 states of the country. The nation is a great one and not just in its resources but also in the vast population of its people.
Below are some of the most populated states within the country.
Eko as it is more popularly known among the Yoruba natives in Nigeria, Lagos State is the most populated state in Nigeria and being the major urban centre in the country, this really says a lot. According to research, it also happens to be one of the most populated urban centres in the whole of Africa.
Lagos is originally from a Portuguese word “Lagodikuramo” which means calm water. It was Lord Lugard that shortened the name to Lagos. Lagos has the highest GDP in Africa as well as the busiest ports in the continent. The number of people in Lagos is conflicting, some estimates put them at 22 million and others at 14 million so there is no exact figure but the traffic in the state suggests that they could even be more.
The second most populated state in Nigeria is Kano State according to the estimates provided by the United Nations. Kano State was formed on the 27th day of the month of May in the year 1967. The rich people of Kano state and their land is known for the growing of food crops which include millet, sorghum, cowpeas, maize, and rice. More so, the state is also well known to be a place where cotton, garlic, soybeans, gum Arabic, chilli pepper, sesame, and hides and skins are grown.
Based on the data produced by the NBS, Kano has a population of more than 13 million people based on the estimates we got from the NBS. Most of the people who are in this part of Nigeria are Hausas.
The next state on our list is Oyo State whose capital city is Ibadan. Oyo State is a state in the South-Western part of Nigeria which is bordered in the north by Kwara State, in the east by Osun State, and in the south by Ogun State, and to the west it is bordered by Ogun State and the other part by the Benin Republic. Most of the people living in this state are Yorubas, however, migration and inter-ethnic marriages have caused other tribes in Nigeria to be based in the state. Population census conducted in the year 2006 to determine the population of the country in every state and local government presented the result that the number of people living in Oyo State amount to more than 6 million.
Current population estimates by the UN place Oyo’s population at 15 million.
Kaduna State is situated in the North-West part of Nigeria and like Oyo State, the state showed a result of more than six million people living in its borders according to the country-wide population census. Kaduna State has twenty-three (23) local government areas and more than sixty ethnic groups reside within the state. It so happens to rank as number 4 when we talk about largest states in the country and the total land mass of the state is estimated to be 46,053 km2.
Kaduna State is widely known in Nigeria because of the educational establishments in the state. Some of these institutions include Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Federal Polytechnic; Kaduna State University; Nigerian Defence Academy and the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria.
The population in the state is currently at an estimated 12 million.
Among all the states that from which oil is being extracted in Nigeria, Rivers State is where oil is mostly found. Rivers State was created on the 27th day of May 1967 and the capital of the state is named Port Harcourt. The total land mass of the state is estimated to be 11,077km2.
The state is encompassed about with states in South-Eastern Nigeria such as Imo State, Abia State, Anambra State, Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa and Delta States. The state has 23 local governments with many ethnic groups such as Abua, Andoni, Ekpeye, Engenni, Etche, Ibani, lkwerre, Kalabari, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Okrika and Ogoni.
The current estimates provided us by our sources state that the state’s current population estimate is 10 million people.