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86.9m People are Living in Extreme Poverty in Nigeria, the Highest in the World – Report



In a new report by the World Poverty Clock, Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world – 86.9 million people, with the number increasing by six people every minute.

The report added that the Democratic Republic of the Congo could soon take over the number 2 spot.

By the end of 2018 in Africa as a whole, there will probably be about 3.2 million more people living in extreme poverty than there are today, the report added.

The report stated that with the rate people living in extreme poverty is reducing, it’ll be extremely difficult to achieve SDG 1 – No Poverty.

According to Brookings Institute:

Each April and October, the World Poverty Clock data are updated to take into account new household surveys (an additional 97 surveys were made available this April) and new projections on country economic growth from the International Monetary Funds’s World Economic Outlook. These form the basic building blocks for poverty trajectories computed for 188 countries and territories, developed and developing, across the world.

See the top nations below:

Nigeria – 86.9m

India – 71.5m

Democratic Republic of Congo – 60.9m

Ethiopia – 23.9m

Tanzania – 19.9m

Mozambique – 17.8m

Bangladesh – 17m

Kenya – 14.7m

Indonesia – 14.2m

Uganda – 14.2m

Photo Credit: Brookings Institute


  1. RealNigerian

    June 25, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I am confused – looking at all the Nigerian SlayQueens and Kings on social media one cannot help but ask “What poverty?”, “Where are these numbers coming from?:”

    • Ruby

      June 26, 2018 at 1:07 am

      Coming from the non-SlayQueens and Kings who are not on social media.

    • tony

      June 26, 2018 at 10:16 am

      mumu comment

    • Ms. Bong

      June 26, 2018 at 11:01 am

      The slay queens and Kings on Social media are the minority. Nigeria has always been a populous nation with the resources and wealth skewed to a few. if a former politician Diezani Alison-Madueke is able to divert $6 billion alone, combine other people in various offices and do the math! It a serious case of may the most skilled win!

  2. John

    June 26, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Ni*ga we made it!!!!

  3. Mrs chidukane

    June 26, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Watch Laid Mohammed come to dispute it in 4..3..2..1…

  4. Dayo

    June 26, 2018 at 7:31 am

    SAD! But we don’t even know how many Nigerians there are, so who counted these folks?

    • ajankolokolo

      June 26, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Really? you are asking how it is possible for an international org to collect data? really?

    • TheRealist

      June 27, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      @ajankolokolo, Dayo’s question is very legitimate. Spouting “international org” is just symptomatic of how mis-educated (and low self-esteemed) many Africans sadly are.

      These figures are merely ESTIMATES, which means that its usefulness depends upon the sampling methodology employed. Accordingly, if, for instance, as Aare Farmland has noted on this thread, “the sample size is mostly likely small,” then the estimates would most likely be fatally-flawed and cannot really be classified as “scientific data” (as Aare rightly noted). The reality is that disparities in culture, education, social and economic circumstances between most of the North and almost all of the South is so widely disparate that it would be rubbish to extrapolate any population samples taken in the North to the rest of Nigeria.

      There may well be much more (or much less) Nigerians living in extreme poverty (the definition of “extreme poverty” is another discussion altogether in relativism), but the reality is that we just do NOT know for certain, or probably any REASONABLE guestimates thereto (because data reliability in Nigeria is terribly poor). Purportedly-educated people should NEVER swallow everything and anything hook, line and sinker! The real benefit of education (not just training or certification) is the capacity to ask questions, engage in critical examination and thereafter reach INDEPENDENT conclusions (and opinions), rather than just cram-and-regurgitate (aka “Repeat After Me!”). It’s time for Africans to actively participate in telling their own stories.

    • TheRealist

      June 28, 2018 at 6:05 am

      @ajanakolokolo, abegi feel free to look at Aare’s post. Spouting “international org” is just symptomatic of how mis-educated (and low self-esteemed) many Africans sadly are. For starters, Estimated figures are only as useful as the methodologies employed and if the latter is faulty (e.g., small sample size, as posited by Aare, or extrapolating a Northern population sample to the South), then inevitably the figures will be fatally flawed,

      I am not sure if Dayo’s post was actually questioning the reliability of the published figures, but nonetheless the real benefit of education is the capacity to ask questions, engage in critical examination and thereafter reach INDEPENDENT conclusions, rather than just cram-and-regurgitate (aka “Repeat After Me!”). The time has come for Africans to actively participate in telling our stories. It’s no longer sufficient to simply dabole to nebulous “international orgs”!

    • Aare farmland

      June 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      These stuff is not science, they act as guidance to American politicians and businesses. There sample size is mostly likely small and can’t provide scientific data. But looking at the line, there is a chance inflation and currency devaluation was one of the data used to calculate the figures. I won’t consider a Brookings info on nigeria or any country as gospel, even though they are better than the other dc think tanks but most are still designed to provide info for the politicians, media lobbyist and businesses.

  5. Puzzles

    June 26, 2018 at 9:38 am

    It’s a big shame that India with over 1 Billion in population has more people in poverty than Nigeria with about 200 Million in population


    June 26, 2018 at 10:12 am

    The African country with richest senators and government workers, most churches, richest pastors, richest imams, most church/mosque goers! I cannot reconcile this. Something is wrong somewhere! We need to start manufacturing ASAP, begin to build factories, I love God but I believe in Faith and WORKS! Not faith alone. This is a shame!

    • Or

      June 26, 2018 at 11:25 am

      First let’s start by getting our voters card to enable us take out the poverty enhancer in power.

  7. nnenne

    June 26, 2018 at 11:22 am

    No pity party for Nigerians.
    The same people will vote ghosts / expired people into offices because they worship same God and/ or come from the same tribe!!!!

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