Simple Greeting in Hausa – Central/West Africa When I say: Ina Yini? (How’s your Evening?) You say: Lafiya kalau! (Very well)
Size: ~ 357K sq miles -- Slightly more than 2x CA (~ 1.3x Texas). Population: ~ 150 million people, 250 diverse ethnic groups. # of States: Now 36, plus Fed. Capital in Abuja, since 1991 Independence: 1960 (w/ earlier “dress rehearsal” for the North). Form of Gov’t: Parliamentary (1960 -1966) Military (1966 -1979) Presidential (1979 -1983) Military (1983 - 1999) Presidential (1999 - Present). Economy: Dominated by Oil since early 1970s #5 supplier to the U.S. (8% of US oil import). Currency: Naira ($1 ~ N150). Relations w/ U.S.: Good New Industry.: Movie Prodn (Nollywood) Advice: Don’t follow up on spam mail!
1961: Nigeria’s 1st Prime Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and U.S. President John F. Kennedy
Dr. General Yakubu Gowon Nigeria’s Head of State -- 1966-1975 On Civil War, he said “No Winner, No Vanquished”
Alhaji Shehu Shagari Nigeria’s First Elected President -1979 & 1983 “One Nation, One Destiny”
President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua dies in May 2010. Vice-President Goodluck takes over. Elections to be held in April 2011.
Tourism Photo Sources: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=893070 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria http://www.nigerianembassy.nl/tourism.htm