Africa

Fifty years of Nigeria in graphics

  • 23 September 2010
  • From the section Africa
Chart showing Nigerian GDP and the oil price since 1960

Nigeria is Africa's leading oil producer, but the nation's fortunes remain vulnerable to volatility on the commodities markets. Despite huge windfalls from oil, notably during the 1970s oil price spike, the majority of Nigeria's 150 million people still live in poverty.

Chart showing health indicators in Nigeria

Although better provision of healthcare has substantially improved life expectancy and reduced infant mortality rates, Nigeria remains one of the worst performing countries in the world on these measures.