Negative Perception Leaves Nigerian Passport 10th Least Powerful In Africa
Nigerian passport
The Nigerian passport has been ranked 91st strongest passport in a world ranking of passports which was dominated by Countries in Asia. According to the ranking named the Henley Passport Index, it stated that holders of Nigerian passports have visa-free access to 47 destinations.

The report ranked Nigeria’s passport as low as the 42nd most powerful passport in Africa, ahead of Burundi, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Libya and South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia. “As the world economy has become increasingly globalised, the need for greater visa-free access has grown steadily,” the report stated.

Henley & Partners published its 2019 passport index and, once again, Japan dominated the world's top while there is no African country in the world’s top 10.

The ranking revealed that in Africa, the top 5 is dominated by Seychelles (27th global rank), Mauritius (51st global rank), South Africa (53rd global rank), Botswana (82nd global rank) and Namibia (68th global rank). The bottom 5 is made of Ethiopia (96th global rank), Libya and South Sudan (97th global ranks), Sudan (99th global rank), Eritrea (100th global rank) and Somalia (103rd global rank).

It should be noted that Equatorial Guinea progressed the most with three places gained in this ranking. Countries linked to terror networks like Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq were bottom of the pile, with their citizens requiring visas to access the majority of countries.

Negative Perception Leaves Nigerian Passport 10th Least Powerful In Africa

Henley Passport Index is an index of all the passports ranked according to the countries that welcome them without a visa. The data used in the ranking are compiled from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

2019 Henley African passport index
Ranking
1 Seychelles
2 Mauritius
3 South Africa
4 Botswana
5 Namibia
6 Lesotho
7 Eswatini
8 Kenya
8 Malawi
10 Gambia
10 Tanzania
10 Zambia
13 Tunisia
14 Cabo Verde
15 Uganda
16 Ghana
17 Sierra-Léone
18 Benin
18 Morocco
20 Mauritania
20 Mozambique
20 Sao Tomé and Principe
23 Burkina-Faso
24 Côte d’Ivoire
24 Guinea
24 Senegal
27 Gabon
27 Mali
27 Togo
30 Niger
30 Rwanda
32 Chad
32 Guinea Bissau
32 Madagascar
35 Comores
36 Equatorial Guinea
37 Algeria
38 Angola
38 Central Africa
38 Egypt
41 Cameroon
42 Congo
42 Liberia
42 Nigeria
45 Burundi
46 Djibouti
47 DRC
48 Ethiopia
49 Libya
49 South Sudan
51 Sudan
53 Eritrea
54 Somalia