Nigeria - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Brief History

As with many of the other nations of contemporary Africa, Nigeria is a colonial construct. The amalgamation of its ethnically and culturally diverse population into a political entity was the result of British conquest and control of much of Nigeria between 1861 and 1897. This fact is central to understanding Nigeria's growing pains since independence. In creating a largely artificial state, the British left several enduring legacies that have shaped the government and politics of the country since its inception.

Nigeria came into existence on the eve of World War I (1914–1918) when the British colonial rulers merged the two British protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria into one entity. The new Nigeria, as defined by the British, placed numerous and distinct ethnic populations under one administrative system. Of this large number of groups, the northern-based Hausa-Fulani, the Yoruba in the southwest, and the Igbo in the southeast have...

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