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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.

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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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    Always greet any eldely one you come across.

    by nnapr Written Oct 15, 2003

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    A ceremony for the goddess Oodua (not to be confused with Oduduwa.

    Nigerians are good at greetings. It is an offence to see an elderly person and pass him/her by without greeting. So it is adviceable to greet people. When you greet people you will have many friends.

    MODE OF GREETINGS: The Yoruba people greet their elders by prostrating. They usually say E ka bo(meaning welcome), the Hausas by genuflecting and sometimes prostrating. They usually say SANU (meaning welcome), the Igbos don't have a special gesture when greeting. They usually say NNO (meaning welcome).

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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 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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    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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    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.

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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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    Nigerians are good at...

    by paulo007 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Nigerians are good at greetings. It is an offence to see an elderly person and pass him/her by without greeting. So it is adviceable to greet people. When you greet people you will have many friends.

    MODE OF GREETINGS: The Yoruba people greet their elders by prostrating. They usually say E ka bo(meaning welcome), the Hausas by genuflecting and sometimes prostrating. They usually say SANU (meaning welcome), the Igbos don't have a special gesture when greeting. They usually say NNO (meaning welcome). The Igbos most often use the English form of greetings - the good morning, good afternoon and good evening stuff.

    Tipping in restaurants is not common in Nigeria. In fact, where it is found, it was introduced by visitors.

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    Tipping is not common in...

    by Paul-linus Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Tipping is not common in Nigeria, though it is done. But I must tell you that tipping was introduced by foerigners. However, if you wish to tipp fine.

    Nigerians value greetings. So please try and greet people especially the elders. Failure to greet, you will be regarded as a disrepectful fellow. If you greet people you will never miss your road (that is an adage in our culture).

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    The Oba Palace is opened...

    by TanjaE Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Oba Palace is opened throughout the whole year for visitors. You may ask for a guided tour. They'll give you an appointment, which is worth to be taken (don't frget the TIP). You can visit the ancient Library of the Palace, and the history of the Benin Empire will be explained to you. Here you can get some new tips, on which villages in the sorrounding area you should visit (e.g. Udo)

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    Some local travel agencies...

    by antelop Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Some local travel agencies organises some trips to go to see mascarades and special events as the Durbar in Kano (horses show for the Emir) for instance. You can also visit some cultural places as Abeokuta (textile fabrices) and Osogbo (sculptures)..

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    If you pass through a village...

    by Rob47 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you pass through a village and they are making a collection, it is strongly advised to give a donation to them.
    It was a bit scarey when I got stopped.......machettes and spears on show......
    20 or 50 Nira will make them happy.

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  • Everybody is friendly, but if...

    by tomaatje Written Aug 26, 2002

    Everybody is friendly, but if you are a foreigner they ask often if you brought something for them , they realy look up to everything that is from abroad.
    Also don't be scared by the poverty because you will see a lot of poor and handicapt people on the street trying to get some money.

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