According to the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the history of Nigeria can be traced to prehistoric settlers living in the area as early as 11,000 BC. So many numerous ancient African civilizations settled in our region (Niger-Area) that is today Nigeria, such as the Benin Empire, the Kingdom of Nri and the Oyo Empire.
He Stated; Although Nigeria first became a republic in the year 1963, but succumbed to military rule in 1966 after a bloody coup d’état. A separatist movement later formed the Republic of Biafra in 1967,leading to the 3-year Nigerian Civil War.
Chief Obasanjo, who revealed the full olden map of the Niger-Area, listed the following ancient kingdoms of the Niger-Area; Benin Kingdom, Borgu Kingdom, Fulani Empire, Hausa Kingdoms, Kanem Bornu Empire, Kwararafa Kingdom, Ibibio Kingdom, Nri Kingdom, Nupe Kingdom, Oyo Empire, Songhai Empire, Warri Kingdom.