Wednesday, April 5, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Nigeria's population

Some puzzle that I have been battling internally with for some time now. My worries set in again just now when I read a post where the population of the ethnic groups was given as follows: Hausa and
the Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio, 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%. When I summed up, it came to 88% for the seven (7) ethnic groups.

Here are my puzzles:

(1) Does this mean that the remaining 243 ethnic groups together constitute only 12% of the Nigerian population?

(2) Does this mean that the Hausa can no longer be differentiated from the Fulani? If they can, should we continue to present both as one ethnic group in censuses? Why?

(3) What census period yielded this particular statistics, since "ethnic group" and indeed "state of origin" are no longer captured in NPC's enumerations?

I wish someone can clear my mind of this confusion.


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