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[Analysis] Is Nigeria in the West Indies?

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There seem to be confusion about location of Nigeria and while Nigeria lies to the WEST of a continent, the question it poses is to the west of what exactly?

This article will demystify this issue and shed more light about where the country is truly located, and what constitutes what is called the west indies.

In a short answer though, Nigeria is NOT located in the West Indies. Read more below to find out more and why.

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Where is the West Indies?

The West Indies are a subregion of North America bounded by the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with 13 autonomous island republics, 18 dependencies, and additional territories spread throughout three major archipelagos: the Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, and Lucayan Archipelago.

Countries of the west indies

The Greater Antilles

  1. Cuba
  2. Jamaica
  3. Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic)
  4. Puerto Rico

The Lesser Antilles

  1. Virgin Islands
  2. Anguilla
  3. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Montserrat
  6. Guadeloupe
  7. Dominica
  8. Martinique
  9. Saint Lucia
  10. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  11. Barbados
  12. Grenada

The isolated island groups of the North American continental shelf

  1. The Bahamas
  2. Turks and Caicos Islands
  3. Trinidad and Tobago
  4. Aruba
  5. Curaçao
  6. Bonaire

Where is Nigeria?

Nigeria is a country located on Africa’s western coast. Nigeria’s topography is diverse, with climates that range from dry to humid tropical. Nigeria’s people, on the other hand, are its most diversified aspect.

Nigeria is located on the continent of Africa and is it the biggest country in West Africa in terms of population at over 200million people per world bank data.

map of Nigeria
Nigeria (Green)

Nigeria is also the biggest country in Africa.

The 16 West African member countries are

  1. Benin
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Cape Verde
  4. Côte D’Ivoire
  5. Gambia
  6. Ghana
  7. Guinea
  8. Guinea-Bissau
  9. Liberia
  10. Mali
  11. Mauritania
  12. Niger
  13. Nigeria
  14. Senegal
  15. Sierra Leone
  16. Togo

In Conclusion

The article has show you all countries that makes up the West Indies and clearly, Nigeria is not a part of them. However, Nigeria is a member of the West African Union of countries which means that Nigeria is in West African.

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John Aina Ajibola has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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