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A Brief 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.

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