At the March 24, 2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Vineland, International Chair, Omelabake, introduced our own Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe, who delivered a fact filled program on Nigeria.
There are 53 countries in Africa. Africa is the 2nd largest continent in the world. Nigeria is in the western part of Africa. It is the most populous in Africa with 174 million residents. There are 36 states in Nigeria, with Abuja being the capital.
In 1960 Nigeria became independent from Great Britain. In 1963 they became a republic. It is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”. The official language is English although in most homes native languages are spoken. The main religions are Islam and Christianity.
The president of Nigeria is Jonathan Goodluck. Nigeria is a federal republic modelled after the United States with executive powers exercised by the president. The legislature is known as The National Assembly and is made up of the Senate and House of Representatives. There are two major political parties. The PDP, Peoples Democratic Party, and the APC, All Peoples Congress.
There is an abundant supply of natural resources in the country. Nigeria is the U.S. largest trading partner in sub-Sahara Africa and supplies a fifth of its oil.
There are many challenges in the country:
Strife and Sectarian violence
Infra-Structure development and maintenance
Over dependence on crude oil production
There is no middle class in Nigeria. People are either very rich or extremely poor. There does not seem to be an immediate solution to change what is happening.
Dr. Tom and Omelabake modelled traditional dress clothes from their country. The fabric and colors were beautiful.
Thank you for such an informative program!