Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa. It shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, Niger in the north, and borders the Gulf of Guinea in the south, and has an area of 923,768 km². With an estimated 170 million people as of 2012, Nigeria is the most populous country on the African continent, and the ninth most populous country in the world. A founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, it is one of the top ten oil producers in the world, but has been wracked by violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where locals demand a larger share of petroleum profits. The country has a mix of religions, including Christianity, Islam, and traditional beliefs, as well as a variety of ethnic groups, such as the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.
Kano is the administrative center of the Kano State and the second largest city in Nigeria, in terms of geographical size, after Lagos. In population, it is the first most populous city in the country. Originally controlled by the Hausa, the city, along with the other Hausa states, was seized by Fulani radicals during the early nineteenth-century Fulani War and captured by the British in 1903. The city's traditional ruler is the Emir of Kano, and the current Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been on the throne since July 2014. Kano's history is detailed in the Kano Chronicle. Template:/box-footer
Hafsat Abiola (born 1974 in Lagos) is a Nigerian human rights, civil rights and democracy activist, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), which seeks to strengthen civil society and promote democracy in Nigeria. She is the daughter of President-elect Moshood Abiola, who was put in prison by the dictator Gen. Sani Abacha for treason after declaring himself president. President-elect Abiola later died under detention in 1998. Hafsat's mother, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola was murdered ... (more...) Template:/box-footer
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Professor Viola Onwuliri served as Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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