What does Nigeria mean?

Definitions for Nigeria
naɪˈdʒɪər i əNi·ge·ri·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Nigeria, Federal Republic of Nigerianoun

    a republic in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; gained independence from Britain in 1960; most populous African country


  1. Nigerianoun

    Country in Western Africa, south of the country of Niger. Official name: Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    Etymology: Named after the Niger River, from a native term "Ni Gir" (meaning "River Gir"). The name has often been misinterpreted as derived from the Latin niger, a reference to the dark complexions of the inhabitants of the region.


  1. Nigeria

    Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. There are over 500 ethnic groups in Nigeria of which the three largest ethnic groups are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country. This name was coined by Flora Shaw, who later married Baron Lugard, a British colonial administrator, in the late 19th century. The British colonised Nigeria in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, setting up administrative structures and law while recognizing traditional chiefs. Nigeria became independent in 1960. Several years later, it had civil war as Biafra tried to establish independence. Military governments in times of crisis have alternated with democratically elected governments. Nigeria, known as "the Giant of Africa", is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria is roughly divided in half between Christians, who mostly live in the South and central parts of the country, and Muslims, concentrated mostly in the north. A minority practice traditional religions, especially the Igbo and Yoruba religions. Its oil reserves have brought great revenues to the country. It is listed among the "Next Eleven" economies. Nigeria is a member of both the Commonwealth of Nations, and the African Union.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nigeria

    A republic in western Africa, south of NIGER between BENIN and CAMEROON. Its capital is Abuja.

Editors Contribution

  1. Nigeria

    Nigeria was given its name by Lady Flora Shaw. it was named because the Negroes, that is the blacks and because of the River Niger.

    Nigeria is a good country

    Submitted by anonymous on March 27, 2020  
  2. Nigeria

    The name Nigeria was taken from river Niger which ran through the country. It was coined by lady Flora Shaw who married sir Lord Lugard

    So Nigeria got its name from the river Niger

    Submitted by anonymous on March 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nigeria in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nigeria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Nigeria in a Sentence

  1. Fikayo Ogundipe:

    Our focus is on the mobile market, we saw an uptick in the market in 2014 when the use of smartphones came into Nigeria.

  2. President Muhammadu Buhari:

    On the issue of the Niger military positioned in cities of Nigeria ... I think in the next four weeks we will be able to replace them with Nigerian forces so they can return to their country.

  3. Joseph Kalu:

    Every time there is an order, the LifeBank customer service team communicates it to us. We get a notification on the app that shows us the address of where to pick up blood and where to deliver, there's also the Google Nigeria map with directions to the address provided.

  4. The Saudi source:

    Saudi Arabia is keen to see an improvement in the oil market and accelerate the balancing process, and expects other producers to do the same, while supply is not increasing except from exempt countries such as Libya and Nigeria, demand is picking up and we are starting to see inventory draws in total petroleum stocks in recent weeks.

  5. Adesina Pelumi:

    The basic thing American football is doing for (us) Nigerians as youths is that it controls aggression, we have lots of people that are really angry and if they can channel that anger to playing a sport I don't think we will have any issue with security in Nigeria.

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