The number of Nigerian immigrants residing in the United States is rapidly growing, expanding from a small 1980 population of 25,000. The 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated that 461,695 U.S. residents were of Nigerian ancestry.
By metropolitan area, New York City has the largest Nigerian immigrant popu- lation, followed by Houston and Washington, DC. In no major metropolitan area do Nigerian immigrants make up more than 0.3 percent of the population.
Nigerian-Americans, the article added, were one of America's “most successful immigrant communities, with a median household income of $62,351, compared to $57,617 nationally, as of 2015”.
The three biggest ethnic groups in Nigeria, according to the 2008 DHS, are Hausa (22.5 %), Yoruba (18 %), and Igbo (15.5 %). Fulani and Ijaw/Izon comprise only 6 and 4 % of the population, respectively.
Igbo is another popular African language spoken in America. Around 220,000 people speak Igbo in the United States, and it's the principal language of southeastern Nigeria.
27-year-old Fadesere Oluwatofunmi, alias Olu Heavy, is Nigeria's strongest man. He recently competed in the Arnold Classic Festival strongman competition in South Africa against 16 other strong men from all over the world.
Because of its geographical location, Sokoto has an annual average temperature of 28.3 °C (82.9 °F) making it the hottest part of Nigeria.
As of 2013, the World Bank estimated that 252,172 Nigerian migrants live in the US. This is 23% of all Nigerian migrants, the most of any destination country.
Igbo people in Jamaica were shipped by Europeans onto the island between the 18th and 19th centuries as enslaved labour on plantations. Igbo people constituted a large portion of the African population enslaved people in Jamaica.
It is estimated that 14.6% of the enslaved Africans transported via European slave ships across the Atlantic during the transatlantic slave trade were of Igbo origin.
The Igbo are one of Nigeria's largest ethnic groups. Among them is a minority of practicing Jews who believe they are descended from the "lost tribes" of Israel. (Courtesy: Chika Oduah.)
Barbados was one of the European (British) colonies that received many Igbo people during the slave trade in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Igbo ancestral presence can be found in all aspects of Barbadian culture, including language.
In May 1803, the Igbo and other West African captives arrived in Savannah, Georgia, on the slave ship the Wanderer. They were purchased for an average of $100 each by slave merchants John Couper and Thomas Spalding to be resold to plantations on nearby St. Simons Island.
Today, in Jamaica, “red eboe” is used to describe people with light skin tones with African features. Originating primarily from the Bight of Biafra in West Africa, Igbo people were taken in relatively high numbers to Jamaica as slaves, between 1790 and 1809 during the transatlantic slave trade.
With the onset of the Atlantic slave trade, Yoruba people from Nigeria and Benin were forcibly transported to America as slaves. Their religion expanded across many borders — to Trinidad, Cuba, Saint Lucia, Benin, Togo, Brazil, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, to name a few.
Jamaican writer Olive Senior adds that the original Yoruba people who came to Jamaica also named places such as Naggo Head, Naggo Town, and the village of Abeokuta more commonly known as Bekuta, in Hanover.
Findings revealed that North America (39 percent) and Europe (39 percent) topped the list of continents in which the larger proportion of Nigerians indicated they have relatives/friends living in. This is followed by Africa (29 percent) and Asia (14 percent) among other continents.
To those doubting if it ever snows in Nigeria, you can ease your doubt now as the coldest state in Nigeria, Plateau just experienced the first snowfall of the year.
No. It does not snow in Nigeria.