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Will Nigeria’s booming population lead it to prosperity or poverty?

By 2050 Africa’s most populous nation could have nearly 400 million people squeezed into a country one-tenth the size of the United States


After years of trying to conceive, Foyeke Omage and her husband, Ewanle, welcomed quintuplets as a miracle. But raising three girls and two boys has left them in debt. The nation these children will inherit will be very different—by 2050, when they are 29, Nigeria is expected to have added 150 million people.
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