Demographic dynamics and development in Nigeria

  • Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile Ife
  • Uche C. Isiugo-Abanihe University of Ibadan, Ibadan
Keywords: Nigeria, Population, Development, People


Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and has a very high population momentum with an annual growth rate of 3.2 per cent per annum. This momentum can be a panacea for development and economic growth if well harnessed. The focus of the article is to provide an overview of population dynamics in Nigeria with a view to situating this within a broader context of contemporary population and development discourse. The article benefited immensely from secondary data sources and desk review of evidence.


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Author Biographies

Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi, ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile Ife
Demography and Social Statistics Department
Uche C. Isiugo-Abanihe, University of Ibadan, Ibadan
Department of Sociology