Lies, Damn Lies and Census Figures (Redux)
Feyi Fawehinmi

I looked up the website of the Ministry of Information while researching ethnic groups in Nigeria sometime last year. The website stated the usual “there are 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria” I did some personal research and came up with 576 ethnic groups. You scratch the surface a little and the thin veneer that is Nigeria unravels before your very eyes. Perhaps the advent of biometric technology may present an opportunity to challenge these lies we’ve told ourselves and begin the journey to bettering the lot of our people.

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