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    Shaking Hands

    by june11_66 Written Jan 17, 2012

    I am livin and working in Lagos nigeria, and the only advice I can give to thius effect is that you can use currier service, (DHL, OR UPS), I belive that with this your friend can recive his or her gift with peace of mind. goood luck

    All the same Nigeria being a homogenioous country, with about 250 languages, they have divercity in culture, like in the west predominantly by the Yorubas, in outh-east, by the Ibos, souith-south, by the ijaws, efik, ibios , while up north it is the Hausas, fulanios , and the kanuris. so this is hiow there customs differ from each other, they observ these customs especially during, marriages, festival etc.

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    Business habits

    by tashka Written Mar 3, 2006

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    If you come to Nigeria on business and visit some official authorities, be prepared that your meeting will be filmed! I was actually surprised, and maybe they were not really filming our meetings, but whenever we visited a more or less high official person, there were always boys with professional video cameras filiming the meeting. At first it looks strange, but then you get used to this and don't pay attention.

    Also, be prepared to wait long hours for every meeting, even if you believe it was scheduled.

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    Herds of cows, goats and sheeps

    by sachara Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    Everywhere in Nigeria, almost everyday, we saw a lot of herds with cows, goats, or sheeps.

    There were also very often mixed herds. We saw them not only in the rural areas, but also near roads with a lot of traffic and in towns, even in Abuja. I liked especially the wide horned cows.

    Herd of cows, in the east of Nigeria Goats in Abuja

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    Religion, mosques in the north-east

    by sachara Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    In Nigeria three primary religions are practiced: islam, christianity and animism.

    In the north islam dominates and in the south christianity. In the south you can find the most practice of animism, sometimes combined with christianity.

    In the north-east of Nigeria we saw a lot of these small mosques in the towns and villages.
    Also some petrolstations have their small mosques, mostly in the same yellow-green colours as the petrolpumps.

    Mosque, Suleja, west of Abuja. mosque in Bauchi
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    Mud architecture

    by sachara Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    In Nigeria you can see - as in many West African countries - buildings constructed of mud. I like this mud- or adobe-architecture. You can make wonderful organic forms.

    In the traditional villages you can see many round huts made of mudblocks. Also the Kano Wall and its at full-scale reconstructed replica in the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture in Jos are made of the local red mud.

    The people working at this replica in Jos were very willing to explain me about their work. For strenghtening the material for example, they mix the mud with grass. And every 2 or 3 year they have to repair the mud buildings, to keep them in good shape.

    Jos, mixing the red mud with grass. erosion of the wall
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    Sugar cane

    by sachara Updated Dec 14, 2005

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    One of the crops you can find in Nigeria is sugar cane. People like to eat and chew the sweet sugar cane. So in the villages and markets along the road you will find very often people who are selling pieces of sugar cane. It's cheap and tasty.

    I had my first piece of sugar cane in Cuba in the 70s. So it was nice to try it again here in Nigeria.

    Sugar cane seller near Abuja

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    Nigerian Culture

    by Toyin Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    It is simple, but complex! Do a close up, and you get the whole gist. What I have here is a conglomerate of the Diversity of culture and way of life of the people of Nigeria. Depending on the place you visit, the culture are unique and very divers.

    The Royal fathers-Nigeria.
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    Traditional Dress- Nigeria

    by Toyin Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    Do a close up, and you get the whole gist. In this picture also is a unique traditional dress from the Central part of Nigeria. The people are influenced in thier ways by the weather and ancensory tradition that is very unique in Niegeria and to a large extent in Africa.

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    Traditional Dress

    by Toyin Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    In this picture is the Minister for culture and Tourism. He was accompanied by some dignitaries from Nigeria and some high ranking officials from UNESCO Paris office at the occasion. Also present were mebers of the diplomatic coerps. The exibition lasted for about a week.

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    Art

    by Toyin Updated May 1, 2005

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    Mounted at Sales Miro, UNESCO Headquarters, 7 Place de Fontenoy 75352, Paris, the exhibition opened on April 18 was designed by the Information Ministry to capture the theme of the Federal Government's pet project: Nigeria, the Heart of Africa.

    The occasion was attended by top members of the UNESCO diplomatic corps, representatives of the countries on the UNESCO executive boards, arts and culture enthusiasts, as well as the general public.

    It was initiated last year as a positive step towards launching Nigeria back to the mainstream of international community, with emphasis on creating better image for the country.

    Do a close up, and you get the whole gist!

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    Traditional Dress

    by Toyin Updated May 1, 2005

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    Do a close up, and you get the whole gist. Basically, the show features the authentic regal apparel, complete with paraphernalia, as worn by Nigerian traditional rulers, selected photographs depicting the socio-political evolutions through which Nigeria has gone till date.

    There was also a wide range of arts and crafts reflecting the creativity of Nigerian artists and craftsmen.

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    Traditional Dress

    by Toyin Updated May 1, 2005

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    Do a close up, and you get the whole gist. The exhibition seeks to present to the world our rich cultural heritage. It is common knowledge that many of Nigeria's artistic and creative works are in museums and cultural centres around the world. This exhibition, therefore, offers a unique opportunity to discover the splendour that characterises our traditional institutions. It also offers an additional opportunity to discover the spectacular landmarks that abound in Nigeria.

    Nigerian Cultural dress!
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    Nigerian Culture

    by Toyin Updated May 1, 2005

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    Do a close up, and you get the whole gist! France as the venue of the display was to underscore the affection that the country has for culture in addition to enhance "the warm bilateral ties as well as strong economic relations" that exist between the two countries.

    There are many Nigerians living in France contributing to the French economy through their specialised fields. There are also an estimated 120 French firms operating in Nigeria, with the largest concentration in the petrochemical and construction sectors. France is the second largest investor in Nigeria. On the African continent, Nigeria is the France's second largest trading partner.

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    Nigerian Culture - The Royal regallia

    by Toyin Updated May 1, 2005

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    Do a close up, and you get the whole gist. Nigeria's traditional institutions symbolised partly by the regalia on display predated colonial intervention but had survived alongside it, evolving with time.

    They have preserved our cultures and traditions, serving as an invaluable link and balance between modern administration and various ethnic nationalities that make up the Nigerian state.

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    Traditional Dress

    by Toyin Updated May 1, 2005

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    Do a close up, and you get the whole gist. Traditional rulers, according to Professor Omolewa, "have always been major components and key players in the history of Nigeria. They are believed to represent the ancestors, they are venerated, highly respected and trusted. Indeed, it is believed that the rulers do not sleep, and neither do they eat nor drink. Their laws used to be the law, and even in the present day Nigeria, their words and opinions continue to carry much weight and importance in governance.

    Traditional Ruler's Dress
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