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Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", owing to its large population and economy. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world, part of the ECOWAS (Econimic Community of Western African States) member nation together with Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, a total surface of 6.1 million square kilometers with a population of over 300 million.
WHO officially declared Nigeria free of Ebola virus as of October 2014.
Lagos State remains the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria. With a population estimated at about 20 million – equivalent of 32 African Countries combined and third largest mega city in the world behind Tokyo and Mumbai.
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode recently announced Lagos State is the sixth largest economy in Africa with a GDP of USD $131 billion.