Nigeria: History

  1. 1850s

    The British establish a presence around Lagos, which in present day is the most populous city in Nigeria.

  2. 1861

    Britain consolidates its control over what it calls the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria.

  3. 1960

    Nigeria gains its independence.

  4. 1967

    Three eastern states secede as the Republic of Biafra, sparking a bloody civil war.

  5. 1970

    Biafra leaders surrender and the former Biafran regions are reintegrated into Nigeria.

  6. 2001

    The presidents of Nigeria, South Africa, and Algeria launch the New Partnership for African Development, which aims to foster economic development and foreign investment and lift existing trade barriers.

  7. 2008

    Iran agrees to share nuclear technology with Nigeria to help it increase its generation of electricity.


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