More Nigerians than the entire population of Zimbabwe smoke mbanje


Some 20.8 million Nigerians, more than the entire population of Zimbabwe smoke mbanje according to the Global Cannabis Report for 2019.

Zimbabwe has an estimated 14.9 million people but the actual population will be known within the next three months following the national census carried out last month.

Nigeria has a population of about 206.1 million, nearly 14 times that of Zimbabwe.

The top 10 African countries are:

  1. Nigeria – 20.8million people
  2. Ethiopia – 7.1million people
  3. Egypt – 5.9million people
  4. DR Congo – 5million people
  5. Tanzania – 3.6million people
  6. Kenya – 3.3million people
  7. Sudan – 2.7million people
  8. Uganda – 2.6million people
  9. Madagascar – 2.1million people
  10. Ghana – 2million people

Zimbabwe is among the least consumers with:

  1. Zimbabwe- 1.1 million
  2. Malawi- 1.2 million
  3. Niger- 1.2 million
  4. Zambia 1.4 million


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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