On Jan. 1, Nigeria welcomed 20,210 babies and accounted for the third highest number on newborns on the first day of the new year behind only India and China. That statistic has proven yet another reminder of the population boom in Africans most populous country.
Much of the current data suggests the population growth spurt isnt slowing down anytime soon. A UN report last year projected that, by 2050, Nigeria will become the worlds third largest country by population and one of the six nations with a population of over 300 million. The country, which currently has a population of just under 200 million, will contribute a significant amount to the 1.3 billion people projected to be added to Africas current population in the same time frame.
Under some circumstances, a countrys population could be cited as a strength but when, like in Nigerias case, population growth outpaces public infrastructure and development by far, then its a huge red flag