Nigeria’s Population to Surpasses China by 2100 – Report
A recent report has predicted that Nigeria’s population will surpass that of China by the year 2100.
The new research conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projected that China’s population would peak at around 1.4 billion in four years time and moderated to about 732 million people by 732 million.
While Nigeria’s population is expected to rise more than the Chinese to 791 million by the same year to emerge the world’s second largest country after India.
The reduction in population was a result of the projected drop in global fertility rates going forward. However, the research predicted that the population of sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s poorest region, would triple in size to over three billion people by 2100.
Prof. Christopher Murray, a researcher and former Director of the Harvard Centre for Population and Development, said the surge in population in the region would lead to migration to many European and Asian nations with far less manpower as of the time.
Murray said, “We will have many more people of African descent in many more countries as we go through this.
“Global recognition of the challenges around racism are going to be all the more critical if there are large numbers of people of African descent in many countries.”