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Nigeria’s Literacy Rate


Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

  • Nigeria literacy rate for 2018 was 62.02%, a 10.94% increase from 2008.
  • Nigeria literacy rate for 2008 was 51.08%, a 19.12% decline from 2006.
  • Nigeria literacy rate for 2006 was 70.20%, a 15.43% increase from 2003.
  • Nigeria literacy rate for 2003 was 54.77%, a 0.67% decline from 1991.

source: Macrotrends

To celebrate this year’s world literacy day, we encourage everyone to inculcate the habit of reading not just at school but at home and among friends. start up or join a book club if you feel the need to get extra help in helping you boost your reading game. Nigeria’s literacy rate is low compared to the ratings of other country, and this is sad because readers are leaders.

Reading has a number of benefits which includes improving your ability to focus and concentrate, improving your memory and vocabulary and helping you learn new things. These few tricks can help you build your reading skills incase you have previously tried to but have been discouraged severally.

Get a reading list

start out by creating a list of books that you would like to read. pick out books that are of interest to you.  most times readers are discouraged when they are forced to read a book that do not appeal to their likes.

Set a goal/challenge

One of the ways to motivate yourself to read more is to set a goal. For example, you could set a goal to read a certain number of books this year or a certain number of pages each day and then work on reaching that goal. Reading challenge is a good way to master the art of reading asides the feeling of success that accompanies it.

Schedule a time for reading

To make sure that you will read every day, you need to schedule reading into your day. You could read first thing in the morning, during break or before going to bed. what matters is that there is a time for reading on your itinerary and a reminder on your alarm clock.

Find a good place to read

Our environment contributes greatly to how we assimilate when we read, so  find a conducive place to read. This should preferably be somewhere quiet, without any distractions. You could read on your bed, in a comfortable chair or sofa, on a park bench, or at the library if you can.

Eliminate distractions

Make sure to eliminate any distractions that might be interfering with your reading like the television, friends who want to talk, or your smartphone if its a distraction.

Avoid reading passively

Make use of highlights and journals, keep a journal to write down quotes you like, record what books you have read, jot down any thoughts related to the book as well as any comments you have on what you have read. You can review these later to refresh your memory or to get new ideas.

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Carry a book everywhere you go

Always carry some reading material with you, either in the form of a physical book, or an e-book on your smartphone or e-book reader. That way you’re able to read whenever you get a chance. This allows you to spend those little breaks in your day reading instead of scrolling your Facebook or Instagram feed.

Replace other forms of entertainment with reading

A good way to read more is to replace other forms of entertainment with reading. For example, instead of watching TV or movies, playing video games, or mindlessly browsing the Explore tab on Instagram — read a book. This will allow you to read a lot more books every year

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