Culture and Customs of Nigeria

Culture and Customs of Nigeria

Culture and Customs of Nigeria

Culture and Customs of Nigeria

Synopsis

Nigeria, one of the largest and most important countries in Africa, is rich in traditions and customs, both indigenous and modern. Culture and Customs of Nigeria is the only concise, authoritative, and up-to-date discussion of Nigerian culture that introduces to a Western audience the complexity of its society and the emerging lifestyles among its various peoples. Students and other interested readers will learn about all major aspects of Nigerian culture and customs, including the land, peoples, and brief historical overview; religion and worldview; literature and media; art and architecture/housing; cuisine and traditional dress; gender, marriage, and family; social customs and lifestyles; and music and dance.

Nigerians are proud of their diverse culture comprising more than 250 ethnic groups. Important changes in their economy and political system are helping them cope with challenges in the modern world. Culture and Customs of Nigeria illuminates a dynamic society- how Nigerians today live, work, worship, interact, relax, and express themselves. Numerous photos, a chronology, and a glossary complement the text.

Excerpt

Nigeria is one of the biggest and most important countries in Africa, as well as a regional power. It is rich in traditions and customs, both indigenous and modern. This book analyzes Nigeria's culture, focusing on aspects that have defined the country and its people, the uniqueness of the society and its institutions, and the lifestyle of a new generation of educated people.

Nigeria exhibits great diversity in its culture. Ethnic groups and languages are numerous and traditional practices differ in details and emphasis. The spread of Islam and Christianity has affected Nigerian society in various ways. Colonial and Western contact has brought great changes and modified many indigenous institutions. This book captures the diversity and comprehensiveness of Nigerian culture. Even if it were possible to do so, it would be unrealistic to try to present the customs and traditions of all the Nigerian groups, which number over 250. Such a project would require an encyclopedia. Rather, I have identified and analyzed the salient elements of Nigerian culture broadly. Every major aspect is then illustrated with examples taken from selected groups. To make the book accessible to those unfamiliar with Nigeria, I have limited my examples to a few ethnic groups while indicating the wide range of people and ideas. This approach is not intended to slight any group but to respond to the limitation of space and the need to reach an audience that is new to the country.

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