Is Nigeria a 4th world country?


I believe you are reading this page either to satisfy your curiosity or make an argument “if or not Nigeria is a fourth world country”. First, let me describe what a fourth world country is. The term “Fourth World Countries” is used to describe parts of countries in the Third World that are most stricken by poverty, serious development challenges and political instability.

Their economic performance is much lower than in other more-developed nations of the world. They contribute little or nothing to the global economy. These countries rank lower than other nations in terms of socio-economic development and human development index ratings.

Nigeria once called the poverty capital of the world is not a fourth world county. I repeat! Nigeria is not a fourth world country. Nigeria is a very rich country. Nigeria has the largest oil reserves in Africa. It is the 26th largest economy in the world. Its GDP is greater than many of its more developed African peers like the Republic of South Africa.

Unfortunately, the wealth in Nigeria is concentrated in very few hands. Poverty and inequality in Nigeria are not due to a lack of resources, but to the ill-use, misallocation and misappropriation of such resources. At the root is a culture of corruption combined with a political elite out of touch with the daily struggles of average Nigerians.

If you are looking for fourth (4th) world countries. Here is the list:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Angola
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Benin
  5. Bhutan
  6. Burkina Faso
  7. Burma
  8. Burundi
  9. Cambodia
  10. The central African Republic
  11. Chad
  12. Comoros
  13. The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  14. Djibouti
  15. East Timor
  16. Equatorial Guinea
  17. Eritrea
  18. Ethiopia
  19. Gambia
  20. Guinea
  21. Guinea-Bissau
  22. Haiti
  23. Kiribati
  24. Laos
  25. Lesotho
  26. Liberia
  27. Madagascar
  28. Malawi
  29. Maldives
  30. Mali
  31. Mauritania
  32. Mozambique
  33. Nepal
  34. Niger
  35. Rwanda
  36. Samoa
  37. Sao Tome and Principe
  38. Senegal
  39. Sierra Leone
  40. Solomon Islands
  41. Somalia
  42. Sudan
  43. Tanzania
  44. Togo
  45. Tuvalu
  46. Uganda
  47. Vanuatu
  48. Yemen
  49. Zambia

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