There were some very small numbers of Nigeria-born arrivals pre-1959. However, the first significant West African migration to Australia was in the mid-1960s. They were students under Australia’s Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan, mostly from Ghana and Nigeria. More than 70 per cent of these students stayed in Australia mainly to avoid the impacts of military coups in their home countries.
The 2016 Australian Census in 2016 recorded 8,488 Nigeria-born people in Australia. New South Wales had the largest number with 2,712 followed by Victoria (1,970), Western Australia (1,339) and Queensland (1,238).
Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?
Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.
If you are of Nigerian descent and keen to represent Nigeria, please contact us.