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The modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and took its present territorial shape with the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914.
The British set up administrative and legal structures while practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms.
It is also listed among the "Next Eleven" economies set to become among the biggest in the world.
Benin's power lasted between the 15th and 19th centuries.Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located.Hausa kingdoms and the Kanem–Bornu Empire prospered as trade posts between North and West Africa.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.
The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country.