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Cities List[edit]

Is there a policy on the number of cities that can/should be listed on a country page? I seem to recall reading somewhere that the maximum should be 9; but I can't remember where I saw it, not can I find a policy. Nrms 05:30, 4 November 2008 (EST)

Yes, the limit is nine (7 plus/minus 2, to be precise). See eg. Wikitravel:Country article template. Jpatokal 07:19, 4 November 2008 (EST)
Cheers! I'll get rid of the ones that aren't linked to. Seems easiest. Convo is on here, so if someone objects to what's left, they can do some work on it :) Nrms 07:26, 4 November 2008 (EST)
Actually, when we don't have subregions, the consensus is to allow more than 9 cities in the list until we do create subregions. But since the city articles weren't even created yet, no harm done. --Peter Talk 16:15, 11 December 2008 (EST)

Regions[edit]

Nigeria needs a set of travel regions. The administrative division list would make for too many divisions, but it might be useful to make the travel regions by amalgamating administrative districts. Here's the old admin division list:

; Administrative divisions : 36 states and 1 territory*; Abia, Abuja Federal Capital Territory*, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara

--Peter Talk 16:15, 11 December 2008 (EST)

Alright, here is my attempt at creating a set of regions for Nigeria (references are to this map):

  • Southwest Nigeria—land of the Yoruba, the city of Lagos; comprises everything to the south of Kwara state and to the south & west of the Niger River
  • Southeast Nigeria—land of the Igbo and mostly tropical rainforests on coastal plains and includes the Niger Delta region; comprises Delta state, Kogi state east of the Niger & south of the Benue, the western half of Benue state (draw a smooth line/curve from the bottom of the dip in the Benue River to the top protrusion of Cross River state), Cross River state and everything inside that.
  • Central Nigeria— nothing unifying, but it's a transitional area from the Christian/forested south to the Islamic/savanna north; the southern boundary is the Niger/Kwara border, Niger River, Benue River all the way to about the "n" in the blue "Benue"...the northern border is a bit tricky...see the horizontal east-west border between Kaduna & Niger states SW of Kaduna city? That's the middle of a shallow, sweeping curve...from the western tip, draw a gentle curve to the northernmost point on the border between Niger state and Benin (paralleling the Niger River at its westernmost)...from the eastern tip, continue to the eastern tip of the river (SE of the last "a" in bold "Kaduna") and continue to the Baluchi-Plateau border which wraps around to where you left off on the southern border at the "n" in Benue (you cut off the top protrusion in Plateau state and smooth around that border)
  • Eastern Nigeria—simmilar to the SE with its Igbo and forests, but more rural , has many nature reserves and includes highlands and short mountains along the Cameroon border; includes eastern Benue state (that's not in SE Nigeria region) and the portion of Taraba & Adamawa states south of the Benue river.
  • Northern Nigeria—home to the Hausa and their historical city-state such as Kaduna & Kano, all this area practices Sharia law (which applies to Muslims only, not poor travellers); comprises everything in the northern part of Nigeria, with an eastern boundary along (and including) Bauchi & Jigawa states and for the sake of smooth boundaries can include the NW protrusion of Yobe state
  • Northeastern Nigeria—simmilar to Northern Nigeria, but Fulani people/culture (known as Peul in French lang. and thus it the term used for them in neighboring Niger & Cameroon) are more prevalent than Hausa, also it's a bit more arid except near Lake Chad, Shiria law in these states as well; comprises everything else (Borno, Yobe, Gombe states and remaining parts of Adamawa & Taraba states).

You can smooth out the borders as the political borders are a bit jagged. The reason I did the complex thing (it's not that difficult once you visulalize what I'm describing) between Central-North Nigeria is that the Central part of the country is a gradual transition and there is no natural or political boundary between the two...the southern border of Kaduna state is too close to Abuja, yet using the river is not a good choice as Kaduna city is a prominent Hausa city and once a prominent Hausa city-state. I've based this roughly on the Bradt Guide which has only one map of Nigeria's regions about 4cm x 4cm and with no cities, rivers, political borders, etc...so I had to figure out decent descriptions. The guidebook had Eastern & Northeastern Nigeria in one region, but I think they are quite different (I think the reason was their rural/remoteness and the ease of describing the few parks/cities in those regions). If anything were to be changed, North & Northeast could be merged. Any thoughts, comments? AHeneen 04:39, 21 January 2010 (EST)

The Bradt guides are well done, and your descriptions of each region seem sensible to me. ChubbyWimbus 22:09, 24 January 2010 (EST)
Any chance of some less sterile region names? --Burmesedays 05:32, 27 January 2010 (EST)
Unfortunately none as far as I can tell. AHeneen 06:15, 27 January 2010 (EST)
I will get on with the regionalisation before actually drawing the map. This is a big one, with 36 state redirects required as well as all the existing article breadcrumbs etc. --Burmesedays 01:33, 28 January 2010 (EST)
Done. I followed the spirit of the suggested division and made minor adjustments using rivers as boundaries where appropriate. That was a tough one both to figure out and to draw. --Burmesedays 05:04, 29 January 2010 (EST)
I was hoping the central/northern border would pass a bit further south, but I guess this will work. AHeneen 07:03, 29 January 2010 (EST)
I can change that easily if it is important.--Burmesedays 12:26, 29 January 2010 (EST)

Comments about Nigeria[edit]

I agree...I was in Nigeria in October (2008) in Lagos and my ten days were without criminal incident. I found people very nice and quite respectful. The food was excellent!!! Taxi drivers are a bit special though, even if you have a Yoruba companion. I would go back again and again. (Clifton E. Hill) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Clifton Hill (talkcontribs)

this article made me laugh til my insides hurt. of course i am nigerian. much of it is true, and the writer is obviously an experienced oyinbo who has lived in nigeria. but also some of it is ridiculous, as is the perception of many oyinbos about nigeria, especially those who have never visited and have no intention of doing so based on the well constructed and perhaps valid phobias out there about the country.... Ayo Adene 11:28, 20 December 2010 (EST)Ayo Adene

Fortunately, this is a wiki, so you can change the text yourself to make it more accurate and useful. Plunge forward! --Peter Talk 17:38, 21 December 2010 (EST)

Dangerous for foreigners, or not? French official govt website advices to not go in Nigeria... PierrB (talk) 04:07, 10 April 2013 (EDT)

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