Do you know who Flora Shaw is?
Nigeria has never been a country until the land got colonized. Before that it has been inhabited by various tribes and had not ethnicity and national idea behind it. The name Nigeria was introduced by a foreign reporter and this reporter was a woman from UK. You can find all the details in the article Who named Nigeria (find a link below). THe country presently has many great traditions and fun facts to learn about. You can get some of them from the article below.
The story of naming Nigeria is fascinating. Every Nigerian should know it. You may READ it here Who named Nigeria?
The name “Nigeria” was given to the country in 1897. Prior to that the territory was colonized and occupied by British and the land was called Royal Niger Company Territories. However, that year a lady called Flora Shaw (journalist) has come up with an adequate name deriving from the name of the largest river of the region – Niger.
The name was favored and accepted by the rulers of that day. It remained so till this day. READ ALSO: Who named Nigeria? article to get more detailed information.