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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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