General Information, Facts and Statistics

General Information

The BBC country profiles include links to relevant BBC coverage, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and an online country timeline giving a survey of key events. Update information provided.

The U.S. Department of State offers a detailed country profile on Nigeria. This site focuses on implications for US/US policy.


Official websites on Nigeria

Das Auswärtige Amt bietet Länderinformationen über Nigeria, gibt Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise sowie informiert über die Wirtschaftslage und Wirtschaftsstruktur des Landes.


Facts and Statistics

The Country Indicator for Foreign Policy (CIFP) project represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the political, economic, social and cultural environments of countries around the world. Maintained by Carleton University (Canada).

The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Output is displayed in charts and graphs, but can also be modified individually for use in spreadsheets etc. Maintained by the US Census Bureau.

The CIA World Factbook is a reliable, much-quoted resource on basic country statistics. Update information provided.

Geography and Maps


The Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection offers a comprehensive collection of maps in various formats (political, historical, relief, etc.). Maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

Maps on Nigeria and its federal states by

Embassy World provides a collection of maps of various countries including Nigeria.

The Maps of World site provides both maps of Nigeria and basic information on the country.


Geography, Climate, Geology

Helen Chapin Metz, ed. Nigeria: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1991. Includes information on Nigeria's Geographyand Climate.

News and Media


Daily Trust - Abuja-based daily

Leadership - Abuja-based daily

Newswatch - weekly news magazine

The Champion - Lagos-based daily

The Daily Independent - Lagos State-based daily

This Day - widely-read Lagos-based daily

The Guardian - influential, privately-owned national daily

The Punch - privately-owned daily

Vanguard - Lagos-based, widely-read daily

The Daily Sun - Lagos-based



Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) - state-run, operates "Radio Nigeria" stations in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Kaduna, Enugu

Voice of Nigeria - external service, via shortwave

Ray Power - private, owned by DAAR Communications, runs music-based and speech-based FM stations

Freedom Radio - private, based in northern city of Kano


News Agencies

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) - government-owned

Politics, Society and Culture

Political and Legal Situation

Peter Körner. Nigeria. "Der Volkreichste Staat des Kontinents." Informationen zur Politischen Bildung (Heft 264)

Informationen zur politischen Bildung (Heft 264)

The Guide to Law Online by the U.S. Law Library of Congress is an annotated compendium of online sources for legal information including selected links to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics. offers an index of political sites available on the Internet, sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media.

Wikipedia has an extensive list of political parties in Nigeria.

This site offers links to the various state government sites in Nigeria.


Human Rights Situation

Human Rights Watch offers frequent reports on human rights issues in each country.

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices offers a detailed overview of the human rights situation in each country. Submitted annually to Congress by the US Department of State.



The BBC Country Profiles include an online timeline of each country.

History of Nations is based on information from the US Department of State and highlights each nation's history.

Wikipedia's History of Nigeria.

Internet African History Sourcebookpresents historical sources on the history of human societies in the continent of Africa. This page is a subset of texts derived from three major online Sourcebooks.


Colonial Period

Empire Online is an exciting collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world. Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. (Access only via university network or vpn client)

The Making of the Modern World: full text database providing access to a myriad of historical documents, mostly related to economic and colonial history. (Access only via university network or vpn client)



The BBC World Service offers a section on "Independence", on "Post Independence" and an "Independence Timeline". It also provides radio programs from the series "The Story of Africa".


Slavery and Slave Trade

 ‘The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record‘ is a collection of 1,000 images depicting Atlantic slavery. Images cover a broad geographic range, with the majority from West and West Central Africa, the English and French Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States. Engravings, paintings, portraits, photographs and punishment devices. Search engine provided.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Chronology on the History of Slavery. This timeline on Slavery and in part the History of Racism, has been used to guide the direction of independent research into the history of enslaved Americans of African descent. Compiled from Archive, library and Internet source documentation, by Eddie Becke1999.

The web site Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation is concerned with the history and literature of slavery and abolition, and with black writers in eighteenth-century Britain. On these pages you will find extensive information, including history, literature, biography, bibliography, links, maps, and images. These pages are being constantly improved and updated. The site was created and is maintained by Brycchan Carey.

Africa Focus brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary resources: research and teaching materials collected by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to the field of African Studies. This collection contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries, as well as a large number of difficult to find texts, including the topic slavery and slave trade.

The BBC World Service offers a section on "The Atlantic Slave Trade"and a "Slavery Timeline" and provides radio programs from the series "The Story of Africa".

Religions, Languages and Art
Ethnic Groups