The country that I will be researching throughout this course is Nigeria. I have alway found Nigeria to be very interesting and know that they have a lot of problems that are of interest to me. This will be the first time researching this country for me!
Nigeria is a country with much “smog, rubbish, and polluted water” according to CNN.com. This pollution in the air contributes to many of the health problems that Nigeria is facing. The World Health Organization has released data that states four of the worst cities in the world for air pollution are actually in Nigeria. This problem is continuing to grow because the huge increase in their economic development with a lack of developing technology.
A major crisis in Nigeria is malnutrition. Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in Nigeria. Dietary intake and access to food has much to do with it! Low birthrate in Nigeria was at 15.2% between 2008 and 2012. This problem has much to do with infant mortality, which was at 78 in 2012. The overall expectancy rate in Nigeria is 52 years old as of 2012, which is an increase from the age of 41 in 1970. The average annual growth rate is at about 4.2% (2012). Unlike the US, more people are underweight than overweight in Nigeria. In 2012 it was recorded that 24 percent of people were underweight and only 3 percent were overweight.
The Education in Nigeria is higher for males than it is for females. About 60 percent of males are enrolled in primary school, compared to 54.8 percent of women. Only 54 percent of people (Male and Female) actually attend secondary school. The total adult literacy rate is at a low of 51 percent between 2008 and 2012.