- a republic in W Africa: member of the Commonwealth of Nations; formerly a British colony and protectorate. 356,669 sq. mi. (923,773 sq. km). Capital: Abuja.
Official name Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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Examples from the Web for nigerian
Just last year, over 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their school by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
By Sarah A. Topol, Matter Six months ago, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Oct 13-19, 2014
October 19, 2014
Also in 1997, Hayes entered a sham marriage with a Nigerian immigrant, for which she was paid $5,000.The Crazy Oregon Governor Race Just Got Crazier
October 14, 2014
Proceeds from its North Sea drilling rigs will insure corruption and kleptocracy on a Nigerian scale.Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster
P. J. O’Rourke
September 13, 2014
“One of them, a Nigerian Medical doctor, was told he was negative,” the letter reports.How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria
August 14, 2014
It's a good sign, since we know that we are approaching Nigerian territory.Captured at Tripoli
Percy F. Westerman
These are Armenian, or would you prefer a Honolulan or a Nigerian?Frenzied Fiction
That student should in propriety have been followed by a Nigerian, Liberian, or Senegambian, carrying his portmanteau.Your United States
Ghat is an important centre of the caravan trade between the Nigerian states and the seaports of the Mediterranean (see Tripoli).
Had just distinguished himself in this Nigerian expedition--mentioned in despatches last week.The Testing of Diana Mallory
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- of or relating to Nigeria or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Nigeria
- a republic in West Africa, on the Gulf of Guinea: Lagos annexed by the British in 1861; protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria formed in 1900 and united as a colony in 1914; gained independence as a member of the Commonwealth in 1960 (membership suspended from 1995 to 1999 following human rights violations); Eastern Region seceded as the Republic of Biafra for the duration of the severe civil war (1967–70); ruled by military governments from 1966. It consists of a belt of tropical rain forest in the south, with semidesert in the extreme north and highlands in the east; the main export is petroleum. Official language: English; Hausa, Ibo, and Yoruba are the chief regional languages. Religion: animist, Muslim, and Christian. Currency: naira. Capital: Abuja. Pop: 174 507 539 (2013 est). Area: 923 773 sq km (356 669 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for nigerian
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
With over 110 million inhabitants, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country.
Nigeria has been independent from Britain since 1960, and its independent history has been marked by bloodshed and instability. An ill-fated separatist movement established the secessionist state of Biafra in southeastern Nigeria from 1967 to 1970.
The city-state of Benin, in what is now Nigeria, flourished from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries as a center of commerce and culture. It was famous for its cast-gold sculptures.
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