Nigeria to Canada to Study and Tour

map of Nigeria showing Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, 
Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Federal Capital Territory, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa,
 Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, 
 Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara

High Commission of Canada in Abuja, Nigeria

Street & Mail Address
15 Bobo Street, Maitama
P.O. Box 5144
Abuja, Nigeria
Telephone: (011 234 9) 461-2900
Fax: (011 234 9) 461-2901

Nigeria High Commission in Canada

295, Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Canada, K2P 1R9
Phone: +1-613-2360521; +1-613-2360522
Fax: +1-613-2360529
Email: chancery@nigeriahcottawa.com

Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. Granted independence in 1960 a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence. The general elections of April 2007 marked the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the country's history.

English is the official language, however, with over 500 dialects spoken across the many tribes literacy is estimated at 70% across all of Nigeria. Nigerians face many problems with their education system. In Nigeria school attendance is not compulsory at any level.The average time in school is 8 years. Nigeria spends less than 1% of GDP on Education putting Nigerian education close to the bottom for all of Africa. About half of the Nigerians travelling to Canada have immigrated in search of education.

> Between 1973 and 1991, about 4,000 Nigerians entered Canada as the Biafran war dislodged many people. Most Nigerian immigrants to Canada belong to the Ibo and Yoruba tribes and almost 70% live in Ontario.

Nigerians in Canada have formed organizations through which they maintain contacts with one another - most notably, the Association of Nigerians in Nova Scotia (ANNS) and the Nigerian Cultural Association of British Columbia (NCABC).

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