Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode says Nigeria used to be known as Hausa Territory.
He said that this was before Miss Flora Shaw, later Mrs Flora Lugard, coined the nation’s present name in 1897.
Fani-Kayode, whose father was among the nationalists that got Nigeria’s independence from Britain, disclosed this in a tweet on Wednesday.
The Cambridge University-trained lawyer identified other previous names Nigeria used to bear as Central Sudan and Niggar Area.
Fani-Kayode, who is a notable history enthusiast, wrote, “Before Nigeria was finally named by Miss Flora Shaw, who was later married to Lord Lugard, she has been called several other names which include the following: Royal Niger Company Territories, Central Sudan, the Niger Sudan, Hausa Territory and Niggar Area.”
On January 1, 1914, Lord Frederick Lugard, the governor of both the Northern Nigeria Protectorate and the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, signed a document consolidating the two, thereby creating the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria.