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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.
Cities in the area became regional centres in a broad network of trade routes that spanned western, central and northern Africa.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Usman dan Fodio directed a successful jihad and created and led the centralised Fulani Empire (also known as the Sokoto Caliphate).
The territory controlled by the resultant state included much of modern-day northern and central Nigeria; it lasted until the 1903 break-up of the Empire into various European colonies.
With approximately 186 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.
Being the most populous country with high fertility rate, Nigeria have third-largest young population in world, after India and China, with more than 90 millions of children under age 18.Nri and Aguleri, where the Igbo creation myth originates, are in the territory of the Umeuri clan.