When did Nigeria get colonized?
Nigeria probably had contact with Europeans (Portugese explorers) as early as the 1400s. Nigeria was officially colonized on January 1, 1901 when it became a British protectorate, and part of the British Empire. Britain had claim over that region of Africa since 1885.
Nigeria was colonized by Britain in the late 19th century. In 1960 Nigeria regained independence, but unfortunate fell into a civil war. Nigeria has had a series of alternately military dictatorship or democratic government. Nigeriaâ??s 2011 presidential election more or less solidified its democratic government.