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The port of Calabar on the historical Bight of Biafra (now commonly referred to as the Bight of Bonny) become one of the largest slave trading posts in West Africa in the era of the transatlantic slave trade.
Other major slaving ports in Nigeria were located in Badagry, Lagos on the Bight of Benin and on Bonny Island on the Bight of Biafra.
This name was coined in the late 19th century by British journalist Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Lugard, a British colonial administrator.
The origin of the name Niger, which originally applied only to the middle reaches of the Niger River, is uncertain.
Oyo, at its territorial zenith in the late 17th to early 18th centuries, extended its influence from western Nigeria to modern-day Togo.
The Edo's Benin Empire is located in southwestern Nigeria.
With approximately 186 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.
Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.The Kingdom of Nri of the Igbo people consolidated in the 10th century and continued until it lost its sovereignty to the British in 1911.Nri was ruled by the Eze Nri, and the city of Nri is considered to be the foundation of Igbo culture.The country is viewed as a multinational state as it is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba; these ethnic groups speak over 500 different languages and are identified with a wide variety of cultures. Nigeria is divided roughly in half between Christians, who live mostly in the southern part of the country, and Muslims, who live mostly in the north.A minority of the population practice religions indigenous to Nigeria, such as those native to the Igbo and Yoruba ethnicities.