Nigerian History

Main

Various empires control the region

700 - 1400

First Portuguese trading post and slave trade were established

1485

Founding of Lagos

1630

Fulani takes over Hausa states

1800

British outlaw the slave trade and begin to patrol the Western Africa Coast

1807

Lagos becomes a British colony

1861

Berlin Conference

1885

Yorubaland becomes a British Protectorate

1888

Niger Coast becomes a British Protectorate

1893

Northern Coast becomes a British Protectorate

1903

Nigeria becomes a British Colony

1914

World War I

1914 - 1918

National Congress of British West Africa founded

1920

Founding of the Nigerian National Democratic Party

1923

Founding of the Nigerian Youth Movement

1935

World War II

1939 - 1945

"Nigerianization" of civil service begins

1948

Nigeria gains independence as a constitutional monarchy

1960

The first republic of Nigeria

1963

Military regimes

1966 - 1979

The second republic of Nigeria

1979 - 1983

Military regime

1983 - 1999

Former General Obasanjo becomes president

1999

Former General Obasanjo is reelected

2003

National Conference for Constitutional Reform

2005

Club of Paris forgave $20 billion of Nigeria's foreign debt

2005

Nigeria is the first African country to pay back the Paris Club of rich lenders

2006

Senate blocks Obasanjo from a third presidential term

2006

Umaru Yar' Adua becomes president

2007

Marks 50 years of independence

2010

Goodluck Jonathan becomes president

2010

Boko Haram attack the United Nations Headquarters in Abuja

2011

Nigeria allows United States based Vulcan Petroleum to build six oil refiners

2012

Boko Haram becomes involved with Al-Qaeda in Mali

2013