Named after the Niger River, from a native term "Ni Gir" (meaning "River Gir"). The name has often been misinterpreted as derived from the Latin niger (“black”), a reference to the dark complexions of the inhabitants of the region. The exact native language in question might possibly be an extinct Berber dialect. Most honest sources admit that the origin of the name is not particularly a Native name however, to say its "Misinterpreted" is to say it has defacto been proven, when this is simply not the case. Equally assertive, though supportable, is that scholarly evidence does in fact cast the "Ni + Ger" origin meaning into question. It's most probable that the name, and Country, like Sudan, comes from "Black" river, and was simply always called "Neger River" in various Latin dialects, and eventually by the 19th century, just, "The Neger". It was likely a River where much of the Slave Trade sprang from.
- Country in Western Africa, south of the country of Niger. Official name: Federal Republic of Nigeria.
|Inflection of Nigeria (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)|
Nigeria n (genitive Nigerias)
First declension with locative.