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    Exchange greetings with people you meet

    by Toyin Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    In Nigeria, it is customary to greet people you dont even know... it get you around quickly. This is contrary to the Western culture, especially in Paris where am presently based. When you greet an elderly person, he/she wonders why you should greet; afterall, you don't know each other.

    It is customary to greet people you come in close contact with in Nigeria.

    Cock greetings
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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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    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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    Rubbish, what to do with it ?

    by sachara Written Apr 16, 2004

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    In Nigeria, as in most African countries, rubbish-disposal or collecting is not usual. Nor by the local government or otherwise looked it had a high priority.
    So you can find rubbish just everywhere.
    Like in Suleja, a small town just west of Abuja, the river in the centre is totally filled with rubbish.

    Suleja, rubbish in the river

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    Everything on the head.

    by sachara Written Apr 16, 2004

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    Especially the women in Nigeria, as in most other African countries, carry everything on their head, even rather heavy loads.
    Young girls start allready with this habit. It can surprise you, how they can keep everything in balance.
    Along the road we saw often young female streetvendors with pans, plates and buckets on their head, filled with water and all kind of snacks.

    Everything on the head water more water peanuts

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    Mr Bigs, not Macdonalds

    by Toyin Written Oct 3, 2004

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    In Nigeria, there is no Macdonalds, but Mr Bigs. The people came up with a close substitute to Macdonals, as they won't come here because of the negative media coverage of this country.. there are several others where you can have good snacks at reasonable prices.

    Snack and Fries
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    Traditional believes and deities

    by Toyin Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    The locals believes in deities, and they do perform rights and consultations with the dead. As I mentioned in the other chapter, this is Aro that the people of Ilaro reverred so much..he is believed to have dissadpeared into the ground on the spot this statue lie.

    The ARO of ILARO
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    Chritianity

    by Toyin Written Oct 3, 2004

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    Nigeria is taunted to be the most Religious Nation in the world... there are probably equality in numbers of chritians and muslims. However, Western statistics still give a little edge to the muslim population.
    In Nigeria, religion and politics are synonimous.

    Chritianity
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    Divers Religion

    by Toyin Updated Jan 20, 2005

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    This is another view of the Camelite from the town road. This picture shows, the exclusive nature of this complex from the general population. There is calm and tranquility here, which supports the need for meditations on the part of the inhabitants of Camelite, as it is foundly called by the people of this town.

    CAMELITE
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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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    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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    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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    Local Housing

    by Toyin Written Oct 3, 2004

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    The traditional houses are very simple and cool. This is because of high temperatures in the tropics. This story building does not represent the norms, rather, it is a sign that the owner is one of the wealthiest in this village somewhere in YEWA SOUTH of Ogun State.

    Local housing
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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!

    Art
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    The traditional sector

    by Toyin Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    The traditional settings here shows a typical way of food processing. Here they were making the local food called Gari. This food is very popular throughout the country... made from Cassava, it could be called the staple food of Nigeria.

    Village life
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