If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

Don't let anyone lie to you, living outside Ghana does not always mean greener pastures.

Before you make that decision to leave Ghana to seek greener pastures, you need to completely understand what you're getting yourself into. And this could take lots of painstaking research and time. But worry not, the good guys at YEN have got you covered.

In the first of our series on "If you lived in...", we take a look at the differences between Nigeria and Ghana.

1. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would make 20% less money every year.

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

In Ghana, the GDP per capita is $3,500.00 per capita, while in Nigeria, that number is $2,800.00 per capita. This is really not representative of the truth as GDP calculation takes into consideration the total population and Nigeria's population is much greater than Ghana and full of more unemployable people.

2. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would live 13.1 years less

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

In Ghana, you (on average) will live to approximately 65.75. In Nigeria, the average life expectancy is 52.62.

3. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would be 2.2 times more likely to be living with aids

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

That's 121.4% more likely! In Ghana, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Nigeria, that number is 3.1%.

4. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would be 26.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

In Ghana, 87.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Nigeria, 64% do.

5. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would be 92.3% more likely to die in your infancy

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

In Ghana, approximately 38.52 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Nigeria, on the other hand, there are a total of 74.09 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.

6. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would be 2.17 times more likely to be unemployed

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

That's 117.3% more likely! In Ghana, 11% of people are unemployed, and in Nigeria 23.9% are unemployed.

7. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would be 2.46 times more likely to be below the poverty line

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

That's 145.6% more likely! In Ghana, 28.5% of people are below the poverty line. In Nigeria, 70% are.

8. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would have 21.1% more babies

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

In Ghana, there are approximately 31.40 babies per 1000 people. In Nigeria, however, there are a total of 38.03 babies per 1000 people.

But it is not all bad in Nigeria, they are some good things there too.

9. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would see a 58.3% increase in coastline

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline, while Nigeria has a total of 853 km.

10. If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would consume 44.2% less electricity

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

If you lived in Nigeria instead of Ghana, you would die earlier and poorer

In Ghana, electricity consumption use is 206 kWh per capita. In Nigeria, it is 115 kWh per capita.

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