Nigeria Local Customs

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Nigeria Local Customs

  • Shaking Hands

    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 luckAll the same Nigeria being a homogenioous country, with about 250 languages, they have divercity in culture, like in...

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  • Business habits

    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...

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  • Herds of cows, goats and sheeps

    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.

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  • Religion, mosques in the north-east

    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...

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  • Mud architecture

    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...

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  • Sugar cane

    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.

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  • Nigerian Culture

    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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  • Traditional Dress- Nigeria

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Traditional Dress

    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...

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  • Traditional Dress

    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...

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  • Nigerian Culture

    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...

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  • Nigerian Culture - The Royal regallia

    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...

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  • Traditional Dress

    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...

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  • Traditional Dress

    The culture of different parts of Nigeria is very dynamic. When you are in Nigeria, get yourself one.

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  • Traditional believes and deities

    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.

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  • Divers Religion

    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.

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  • Divers Religion

    This picture was taken in Nsukka. This is Camelite, the religious home of the catholic nuns. The complex remains the most beautiful in this ancient south eastern town of Nsukka in Nigeria.

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  • Parties

    A recent poll rated Nigerians as the hapiest people in the world....This picture was taken during a recent Cocktail in Paris.Nigerians love parties and do enjoy themselves.

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  • Exchange greetings with people you meet

    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...

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  • The traditional sector

    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.

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  • Chritianity

    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.

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  • Mr Bigs, not Macdonalds

    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.

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  • Champs-Elyses

    On my way to the village, I saw this beautiful traditional street. What a highway in the jungle. Calm and very peaceful community.

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  • Local Housing

    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.

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  • Everything on the head.

    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...

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  • Rubbish, what to do with it ?

    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.

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  • Always greet any eldely one you come...

    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...

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  • Nigeria has pigeon English

    Be careful at international airport in Nigeria.There are so many pepole wishing help you.You need only friend at airport.

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  • Nigerians are good at...

    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...

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  • Everybody is friendly, but if...

    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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  • Tipping is not common in...

    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...

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  • The Oba Palace is opened...

    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...

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  • Some local travel agencies...

    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...

    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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