Population Explosion

Nigeria’s Population Projected To Double By 2050

by Gottfried Moh

Population Explosion

Nigeria’s population is growing at more than 3% a year, and by the year 2050, the present number in 2019 could well be doubled. To combat this upsurge in numbers, Nigerian authorities are offering free family planning methods and advice to Nigerian families in an effort to slow population growth.

Source: Planned Parenthood

Nigeria has the largest population in Africa, and it is growing at 3.2% a year. The U.S. Census Bureau says that at that rate, there will be an estimated 402 million people in Nigeria in 2050. The major triggers for population increase include early marriages, high birth rates and lack of family planning access. But cultural and religious contributors are also impacting significantly.

Source: A Coversation

But that could change. A project by the nonprofit Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigerian government is providing family planning methods and advice across the country. The average family size in Nigeria is 5.6 people, but many families are larger, especially in the north where polygamy is common.

Source: The Fresh Quotes

The government is trying to encourage smaller family sizes in order to secure Nigeria’s financial future. But experts say until social structures like education and health are improved, the odds are that Nigeria’s population will continue to increase and may even surpass the 2050 projection.