Who Gave The Country Nigeria It’s Name?.. Who Really Chose The Name Nigeria

Who Gave The Country Nigeria It’s Name?.. Who Really Chose The Name Nigeria
September 29
11:37 2017

Who Gave The Country Nigeria It’s Name?.. Who Really Chose The Name Nigeria


The name Nigeria didn’t just evolved out.. somebody brought out the idea to name the country Nigeria.

In today’s article we will be revealing to how the Nigeria came into existence, the person behind the name.

First let’s get to know little detail about Nigeria

Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.

It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

Nigeria experienced a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It then alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential elections considered the first to be reasonably free and fair.

Nigeria is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”, owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 186 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world.

As of 2015, Nigeria is the world’s 20th largest economy, worth more than $500 billion and $1 trillion in terms of nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively.

It overtook South Africa to become Africa’s largest economy in 2014

Ok.. Let’s Know The Person Who Created The Name Nigeria

Who Gave Nigeria Her Name?

Flora Shaw, Lady Lugard gave Nigeria her name, she is credited with having coined the name “Nigeria”.

she suggested the name “Nigeria” for the British Protectorate on the Niger River.

In her essay, Shaw made the case for a shorter term that would be used for the “agglomeration of pagan and Mahomedan States” to replace the official title, “Royal Niger Company Territories”. She thought that the term “Royal Niger Company Territories” was too long to be used as a name of a Real Estate Property, under the Trading Company in that part of Africa.

She was in search of a new name, and she coined “Nigeria”, in preference to terms, such as “Central Sudan”, which were associated with the area by some geographers and travellers.

She thought that the term “Sudan” was associated with a territory in the Nile basin, the current Sudan.

In The Times of 8 January 1897, she wrote: “The name Nigeria applying to no other part of Africa may without offence to any neighbours be accepted as co-extensive with the territories over which the Royal Niger Company has extended British influence, and may serve to differentiate them equally from the colonies of Lagos and the Niger Protectorate on the coast and from the French territories of the Upper Niger.



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