United African Republic is better than the name Nigeria, because the Niger in Nigeria means black in latin language.
Reno took to his Instagram page to Educate his fans why the proposed name UAR – United African Republic is 1000 times better than the name ‘Nigeria’. He went further to throw more light on the origin of the name Nigeria and its founders.
According to him:
When the name United African Republic was mooted in the House of Representatives, many Nigerians looked down their noses at the proposed new name for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, they scoffed at the name and called it useless, silly, and some other adjectives I cannot use here lest I be banned by Facebook.
As I read the many reactions, I felt sorry for my country. Truly, ignorance is bliss. However bad the name United African Republic may be, it is 1000% better than the name Nigeria.
Nigerians, like many sub-Saharan African people, are too blissfully unaware of their own recent history. And even when you try to open their eyes to their history, our people will reject it if it does not present their ancestors in the best light. But history is not always pleasant.
Where does the name Nigeria come from? The name Nigeria was coined in 1897 by an English journalist named Flora Shaw, in an article she wrote for the ‘Times of London’.
Now, who was Flora Shaw? She was a close friend (and suspected paramour) of Cecil Rhodes, a remarkable racist and one of the most oppressive human beings that ever lived. It is pertinent to state that Cecil Rhode’s statue was torn down at Oxford University in 2021, due to his racist ideas and oppressive history.
The nation of Zimbabwe was named after him for the first 80 years of its existence (it was called Rhodesia). This was a man who did not believe in Black majority rule EVER. And the discovery of some of his more racist statements led to the Rhodes Must Fall movement, which resulted in South African universities tearing down his statues in 2015.
He was Flora Shaw’s mentor, and she named our country Nigeria. Flora Shaw later married a protégé of Cecil Rhodes, named Frederick Lugard (who was created a Baron and became Lord Lugard in 1928), who was sent to Nigeria in 1912, to amalgamate the country for better exploitation by the British.
Flora Shaw spoke Latin, and she posited that the name Nigeria meant Niger Area. And she is right. But what does the word Niger mean?
Niger is the Latin word for Black. It is the origin of the derogatory N word.