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Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria (/nˈɪəriə/ (About this sound listen)) is a country between Central and West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the southeast, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federal republic comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

Nigeria has been home to a number of kingdoms and tribal states over the millennia. The modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and took its present territorial shape with the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914. The British set up administrative and legal structures whilst practicing indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms. Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960. It experienced a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It thereafter alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential election considered the first to be reasonably free and fair.

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Kano, as seen from Dalla Hill

Kano is the administrative center of the Kano State and the second largest city in Nigeria, in terms of geographical size, after Lagos. In population, it is the first most populous city in the country. Originally controlled by the Hausa, the city, along with the other Hausa states, was seized by Fulani radicals during the early nineteenth-century Fulani War and captured by the British in 1903. The city's traditional ruler is the Emir of Kano, and the current Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been on the throne since July 2014. Kano's history is detailed in the Kano Chronicle.

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Toyin Falola

Toyin Omoyeni Falola (born 1 January 1953 in Ibadan) is a Nigerian historian and professor of African Studies. He is currently the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. Falola earned his B.A. and Ph.D. (1981) in History at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Falola is author and editor of more than one hundred books, and he is the general editor of the Cambria African Studies Series (Cambria Press)... (read full article...)

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Professor Viola Onwuliri served as Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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History Timeline | Kingdoms and empires (Oyo | Nri | Akwa Akpa | Benin | Sokoto Caliphate | Kanem-Bornu) | Northern Nigeria | Southern Nigeria | Economic history | Civil War | Foreign relations | Military | Postal | Archaeology
Politics 1st Republic | 2nd Republic | 3rd Republic | 4th Republic | Constitution | Political parties (PDP | ANPP | AC) | Elections
Government Executive branch ( President & Vice-President | Cabinet (Federal Executive Council) | Council of State) | Legislative branch (Senate President & Speaker | National Assembly: House of Representatives | Senate) | Judicial branch (Chief Justice | Supreme Court) | Law enforcement | Military | Federal Parastatals | Human rights
Geography Adamawa Plateau | Jos Plateau | Niger Delta | Niger River | Mountains | Islands | Rivers | States | Cities | Local Government Areas
Economy Agriculture | Companies | Nigerian Naira | Petroleum in Nigeria | Central Bank of Nigeria | Stock Exchange
Society Demographics | Languages | Religion | Media | Education (Universities) | Holidays | Opinion polls
Culture Nigerian Pidgin English | Sport | Igbo mythology | Yoruba mythology | Music ( Jùjú | Afrobeat | Hip Hop) | Cinema | Literature (Poets) | Cuisine | Dance | Architecture
National Symbols Flag of Nigeria | Coat of Arms of Nigeria | Seal of the President of Nigeria | Seal of the Vice-President of Nigeria | National Anthem | Presidential Villa (Aso Rock) | National Arts Theater
Other Communications | Transportation (Highways | Airports) | List of Nigerians | Tourism | Conflict in the Niger Delta | Corruption in Nigeria | Ethnic organizations (MASSOB | MOSOP | Oodua Peoples Congress) | Ethnic groups | Crime | Advance fee fraud

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