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The word is likely an alteration of the Tuareg name egerew Further north, the cities Kano and Katsina have a recorded history dating to around 999 AD.Hausa kingdoms and the Kanem-Bornu Empire prospered as trade posts between North and West Africa.
It overtook South Africa to become Africa's largest economy in 2014.
Benin's power lasted between the 15th and 19th centuries.
Their dominance reached as far as the city of Eko (an Edo name later changed to Lagos by the Portuguese) and further.
Nigeria is a founding member of the African Union and a member of many other international organizations, including the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations and OPEC.
The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country.
Usually the captives were taken back to the conquerors' territory as forced labour; after time, they were sometimes acculturated and absorbed into the conquerors' society.