Like much of sub-Sahara Africa, Nigeria has a woefully inadequate electricity grid. Nigeria is also easily the continents most populous nation (45 percent larger than second-ranked Ethiopia with 196 million people) and its biggest economy (18 percent higher than number two Egypt with gross domestic product of $403 billion).
That means lots of activity without much access to installed electricity. So whats powering it? Portable generators running on diesel and gasoline, used by countless businesses and households. It takes a remarkable amount of lubricants to keep these machines operating – between 35 percent and 40 percent of the nations total industry demand, according to Kline & Co. consultants.