Nigeria Literacy Rate 1991-2021

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.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Literacy Rate
Uzbekistan 99.99%
Kyrgyz Republic 99.59%
Mongolia 98.42%
West Bank and Gaza 97.22%
Indonesia 95.66%
Vietnam 95.00%
Sao Tome and Principe 92.82%
Sri Lanka 91.71%
El Salvador 89.01%
Eswatini 88.42%
Vanuatu 87.51%
Honduras 87.21%
Zambia 86.75%
Kenya 81.54%
Congo, Rep. 80.30%
Ghana 79.04%
Cameroon 77.07%
India 74.37%
Bangladesh 73.91%
Morocco 73.75%
Timor-Leste 68.07%
Nigeria 62.02%
Sudan 60.70%
Nigeria Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 62.02% 10.94%
2008 51.08% -19.12%
2006 70.20% 15.43%
2003 54.77% -0.67%
1991 55.45% -0.67%