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Within two decades, parts of the Oyo Empire, Bornu, and Nupe were added by conquest to the Fulani Empire.
Though there was no centralized governments, trade and commercial activities existed.
On October 1, 1960, Nigeria became an independent country, but this independence brought about a series of political crises.
Nigeria enjoyed civilian rule for six years until January 15, 1966 when, in one of the bloodiest coups in Africa, the military took over the government of Tafawa Balewa, assassinated him and replaced him with General J. Later that month Ironsi was killed in a counter-coup, and replaced by General Yakubu Gowon.
Britain acquired what is now Nigeria as a result of this scramble for Africa.
Intertribal wars were encouraged by the Europeans so that more captured slaves could be sent to the New World. When the mouth of the Niger River was discovered in 1830, the British heightened their economic expansion into the interior of the country.
Formal administration of any part of Nigeria goes back to 1861 when Lagos, a vital component of the lucrative palm oil trade, was ceded to the British Crown.
At the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, geographical units and artificial borders were created in Africa by European powers without any consideration of cultural or ethnic homogeneity.
Nigeria's national flag, believed to have been designed by Taiwo Akinkunmi—a Nigerian student in London, consists of a field of green, white, and green, divided into three equal parts.
Green represents the agricultural richness of the nation, while the white stands for unity and peace.