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Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa and the most populous country on the African continent. Nigeria 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 in Africa, 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 third largest city in Nigeria, in terms of geographical size, after Ibadan and Lagos. In population, it is the second most populous city in the country after Lagos. 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, Ado Bayero, has been on the throne since 1963. Kano's history is detailed in the Kano Chronicle.
- ...that the Lagos Water Corporation is building its own power plant because power cuts have shut down their water treatment plants repeatedly?
- ...that Bayajidda, the mythical ancestor of the Hausa people, is said to have fathered three children with three different women?
- ...that of Nigeria's 521 languages, 9 are extinct and 2 are spoken only as second languages?
- ...that the Defaka people are gradually abandoning their language in favor of the language of the Nkoroo, their close neighbors?
- ...that the Area Boys are a gang of street children and teenagers who roam the streets of Lagos extorting money from passers-by?
- ... Goodluck Ebele Jonathan the former deputy President to late President Umar Yar Adua is now the president of Nigeria, he currently serving his own tenure having completed the tenure he had with the late president Yar Adua.
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