Nigeria is a unique country and it is not for nothing it got the name of the Giant of Africa. It has 36 states and some of the smaller ones by land mass are the largest ones by population. It has many interesting facts to provide and every Nigerian should know more and proudly share more about his or her motherland. You can find info following the links share in the answers below. But how about the entire West Africa, the larger home to Nigeria? Get more information on the land and learn the names of all the capitals and countries sharing West Africa region.
This is an interesting topic, especially because the smallest state by landmass is not the smallest one by its population. READ ALSO: What is the smallest state in Nigeria by land mass?
Nigeria has 36 states and the smallest one of them by the land mass is Lagos State. Its territory amounts to only 3,577 square kilometers. At this over 20 percent of the land is covered by water (creeks, lagoons, etc.). The name Lagos was given to it by Portuguese. It is located on the island that is why initially it was called the Eko (island).
This state was one of the “early” states and it was listed among the 12 first states of Nigeria created in May of 1967. Lagos City is located in this state and it is the most populated city of Nigeria. Thus the smallest of states by the land mass is the home to one of the most populated areas in the country. In fact, Lagos City is the most populated one in the entire Africa. Lagos State is followed by Imo and Bayelsa states, which also occupy comparably small territories.