Nigerian immigration to Brazil

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Nigerian Brazilian
Total population
2,000 - 5,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Brazil: Mainly metropolises in country's Central-Southern half and Northeastern region such as São Paulo, Brasília, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Porto Alegre
Predominantly Portuguese and English
Predominantly Muslim and Christian
Related ethnic groups
Other Nigerian and Brazilian people in general, Afro-Brazilians

A Nigerian Brazilian (Portuguese: Nigeriano-brasileiro) is a Brazilian person of full, partial, or predominantly Nigerian ancestry, or a Nigerian-born person residing in Brazil.

Over 2,000 Nigerians living illegally in Brazil without proper documentation before 9 February 2009 and are to be benefited from amnesty offers by the Brazilian Government. The Nigerian Ambassador to Brazil, Kayode Garrick, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Brasília. Garrick, said that over 2,000 Nigerian potential beneficiaries of the Brazilian amnesty proclamation were among the 5,000 Nigerians currently living in the country. In September 2008, the Nigerian government opened the Casa da Nigéria or "Nigerian Culture House" in the historic Pelourinho neighborhood of Salvador, Bahia, with the support of the governments of Bahia and Brazil.

2011 polemics on racist university teacher in the Northeast[edit]

A case of xenophobic/racist prejudice of a university professor against a Nigerian student in the Federal University of Maranhão shocked the country in mid-2011.[2] Thousands of students subsequently signed a petition calling for the expelling of the professor.[3]


  1. ^ Brazil grants Amnesty To 2000 Nigerians
  2. ^ "Nigerian student says he will not go back to Africa, after polemics about racism" (in Portuguese). São Paulo: G1. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Students ask for dismissal of a teacher suspected of racism in Maranhão" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 23 March 2012.