The United African Republic - Nigeria's Proposed New Name

The United African Republic - Nigeria's Proposed New Name

For two weeks, federal lawmakers have been traversing the country, collating citizens' views to amend the constitution.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • The idea was to gather suggestions for amendments such as electoral reforms and the system of government.
  • But a citizen, Adeleye Jokotoye, a tax consultant, dropped something of a bombshell at the hearing in Lagos.
  • He wants the country’s name changed as it was an imposition by Nigeria's past colonial masters. His choice? United African Republic - to reflect the hundreds of ethnic groups that comprise the country.
  • The name Nigeria is derived from the River Niger. It was suggested in the late 19th century by British journalist Flora Shaw, who would later marry the British colonial administrator Lord Frederick Lugard.

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