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History of the Nigerian People
The history of Nigerian people stretches back for thousands of years. The oldest
recorded history of Nigerian people dates to around the year 1,000 and comes
partially from the Kano and Katsina people who lived in the northern parts of
the country. In addition, archeologists have discovered terracotta sculptures in
the central portion of Nigeria that they believe were made by the Nok people
around the same time.
The Yuroba who are still an important ethnic group in Nigeria date back to the
twelfth and fourteenth centuries when their Ife and Oyo kingdoms ruled the
Southwestern areas of Nigeria. In spite of evidence that people flourished in
this area prior to the establishment of the Ife kingdom, Ife mythology states
that they were the beginning of the entire human race. The Igbo Nigerian people
also have a long and rich history. In the tenth century, they established the
Kingdom of Nri which was ruled by Eze Nri. In this area, archeologists have
found the oldest examples of bronze statues made by a wax casting process. This
kingdom maintained its sovereignty for close to a thousand years until the
British colonized the area in 1911.
The colonial period of Nigerian history ended a rich period of traditional
history in this area. The first Europeans to start engaging with the Nigerian
people were the Spanish and Portuguese explorers. They traded with Nigerian
people on the coast, and they also started the slave trading in this area. Many
of the salves who were taken across the Atlantic ocean to work in the newly
discovered areas of the Americas were slaves who were first acquired in this
region of the world. The majority of the slave trade happened between 1650 and
1900, and approximately one third of the twelve million slaves that were traded
were Nigerian people bought from other Nigerian people.
In 1807, Britain terminated its role in slave trading, and they worked to stop
the international slave trade. However, slavery was not completely aboloished in
Nigeria until 1936. Britain stayed active in this area for years until 1901 when
Nigeria officially declared that Nigeria was part of the British Empire. Under
British rule, the country suffered through many wars of colonialism, and they
were spilt into three areas: the North and South provinces and the Lagos colony.
Finally, after WWII, Britain sensed a large growth of nationalism in the region,
and by 1960, the country finally declared its independence.