How Nigeria is the ‘World Champion’ in Population Growth Rate

How Nigeria is the ‘World Champion’ in Population Growth Rate

Nigeria leads the world in terms of population growth rate. We are driving the increase in the number of people on the planet more than any other country in terms of percentage growth rate.

Our research (see table below from Internetworldstats) shows that of all the top 10 countries in the world with the highest population, Nigeria has the highest growth rate of 58% between years 2000-2018 which is quite astonishing.

TOP TEN COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST POPULATION
# Country 2000
Population
2018
Population
Growth % Pop
2000 – 2018
2050
Expected Pop.

1

China

1,268,301,605

1,415,045,928

11.6 %

1,301,627,048

2

India

1,006,300,297

1,354,051,854

34.6 %

1,656,553,632

3

United States

282,162,411

326,766,748

15.8 %

398,328,349

4

Indonesia

214,090,575

266,794,980

24.6 %

300,183,166

5

Brazil

174,315,386

210,867,954

21.0 %

232,304,177

6

Pakistan

152,429,036

200,813,818

31.7 %

290,847,790

7

Nigeria

123,945,463

195,875,237

58.0 %

391,296,754

8

Bangladesh

128,734,672

166,368,149

29.2 %

193,092,763

9

Russia

147,053,966

143,964,709

– 2.1 %

129,908,086

10

Mexico

99,775,434

130,759,074

31.1 %

150,567,503
TOP TEN Countries

3,597,108,845

4,411,308,451

22.6 %

4,950,140,178
Rest of the World

2,547,898,144

3,223,449,481

29.6 %

4,329,774,957

TOTAL World Population

6,145,006,989

7,634,757,932

25.5 %

9,374,484,225

A similar study by the Spectator Index gives Nigeria a higher score when it comes to population growth over the last 20 years.

Population growth, past twenty years.

Country                   Population Growth Rate in the last 20 Years

Nigeria                                                  72%
Saudi Arabia                                        69%
Egypt                                                     55%
Pakistan                                                54%
India                                                      34%
Indonesia                                              31%
South Africa                                         31%
Turkey                                                   29%
Mexico                                                   26%
Canada                                                  22%
United States                                       18%
UK                                                          13%
China                                                     12%
France                                                   11%
South Korea                                         11%

This shows 2 things primarily:

1. Nigerians are prolific when it comes to sex and,

2. Family planning is not something most Nigerians care about.

While countries like Poland, Japan and Germany seem on the other end of the spectrum of population growth rate over the last 2 decades, with -2%, 0% and 1% respectively, they are faring better with less social upheaval and higher standards of living compared to Nigeria.

A lot of our problems relating to poverty and underdevelopment can be traced to poor planning and population control. There is little improvement in infrastructure, health and education to meet the increasing population. Already, Nigeria’s middle belt is a battleground between herdsmen and farmers clashing over scarce fertile land and water.

Nigeria’s huge population can be an asset but it takes proper control and planning to make this happen. Uncontrolled population growth portends a bleak future if nothing is done now.

Like this Twitter user asked: “Nigerians, what’s the rush?”

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