The British set up administrative and legal structures whilst practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms.
Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.
For centuries, various peoples in modern-day Nigeria traded overland with traders from North Africa.
Cities in the area became regional centres in a broad network of trade routes that spanned western, central and northern Africa.
, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering 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 in the Atlantic Ocean.