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Nigeria

On the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa sits the fascinating nation of Nigeria. The country, formerly a European colony, gained independence on 1 October 1960. This day marked the beginning of a phase of contradictions, civil wars, coups and crises. Fortunately, these events have in no way affected the natural beauty, and the exoticism of this African state attracts and beckons travellers from all over the world. Every year Nigeria sees a large flow of visitors, including not only tourists, but also businessmen flying in for negotiations.

This country ranks first in terms of population on the African continent, but only fourteenth in terms of area. More than 194 million people live on the territory of 923768 square kilometres. According to forecasts, by 2050, the state of Nigeria will occupy the fifth position in the world in terms of population. Today, one fifth of all indigenous Africans live here. Nigeria’s exports are 95 per cent oil and refined products.

5N5N NigeriaCattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) and a West African Dwarf Goat, Nigerian Folklore has it that egrets are the ghost of dead cattle, come to relieve the living of ticks! Which is why the cattle, appear not to see them. A more rational explanation, is that the egrets follow the cattle around to feast upon a host of disturbed insects kicked up by the cattles’ hooves; grasshoppers, crickets, moths and spiders.
Nigeria. Author – Adesanya Hyde.

“Dialogue” between Catholics and Muslims

Nigeria is a country whose population is half Muslim and almost half Catholic. About one and a half per cent of Nigerians describe themselves as adherents of local religious beliefs. Conflicts over differences in religious beliefs are frequent in Nigeria. Both individuals and entire villages are victims of such conflicts.

The north of the country is a strictly Muslim territory. Here everyone lives under the Sharia law, and traditions and customs are observed with special reverence. Tourists who come here should know that it is strictly forbidden to take photos of the local population, to address a female representative only with the permission of her husband or brother, and it is forbidden to enter a mosque with shoes on. It is forbidden to eat and drink in public places before dark during the month of Ramadan.

Interestingly, many Nigerian Muslims observe the basic Islamic laws much more strictly than true Muslims. But Nigerians originally embraced Islam only to become free.

5N5N Nigeria DX NewsNigeria. Author – Andrew.

“Dialogue” between Catholics and Muslims

Nigeria is a country whose population is half Muslim and almost half Catholic. About one and a half per cent of Nigerians describe themselves as adherents of local religious beliefs. Conflicts over differences in religious beliefs are frequent in Nigeria. Both individuals and entire villages are victims of such conflicts.

The north of the country is a strictly Muslim territory. Here everyone lives under the Sharia law, and traditions and customs are observed with special reverence. Tourists who come here should know that it is strictly forbidden to take photos of the local population, to address a female representative only with the permission of her husband or brother, and it is forbidden to enter a mosque with shoes on. It is forbidden to eat and drink in public places before dark during the month of Ramadan.

Interestingly, many Nigerian Muslims observe the basic Islamic laws much more strictly than true Muslims. But Nigerians originally embraced Islam only to become free.

Are obese women full of femininity?

Despite the fact that Nigerians calmly accept European innovations and traditions, they still have their own laws of female beauty. Female thinness in Nigeria is considered something shameful and characterises poverty, so even in the period before puberty, girls are given to special boarding houses “for fattening”. Since no one will marry a skinny girl, they do everything to make future brides gain shape. The girls’ diet consists exclusively of porridge, fat camel milk and other products rich in calories. And if a capricious slim girl refuses to follow the regime, she can even be punished for this. The lack of physical activity multiplies the chances of “ideal” result in the shortest possible time and to the future husband of the bride falls in all its beauty and splendour.

5N5N Nigeria Tourist attractions spotNigeria. Author – geraldegwudo.

Incredible traditions in the Yoruba tribe

The Yoruba people are indigenous to Nigeria. To this day, they raise their infants according to tradition: every child spends the first five months of his or her life in a sitting position. If the child is brought up in a rich family, then the first five months he sits in a special “chair”, covered on all sides with cushions. But poorer parents arrange such a place in the yard of their house, having equipped for it a small hollow directly in the ground.

The Yoruba are characterised by their reverent attitude to nature and the world around them. Babies are taught to crawl and walk by attracting them with objects from the outside world. Things that interest the baby are simply put away, but within reach, and the baby tries to reach them on its own. Interestingly, UNICEF estimates that about 90 per cent of babies from this tribe know how to wash themselves and wash up after a meal as early as two years old. Incredibly, Yoruba babies are more sociable, active and intelligent than their European peers.

The wedding commotion

The first step in a future wedding is the introduction of the groom’s family to the bride’s family. This is somewhat similar to the matchmaking that was once popular in our country. Here are obligatory generous gifts from the groom in the form of not only money, but also vegetables and even pets. After discussing all the nuances, the future bride moves into the house of the groom and only when the relatives are convinced of her decency and good upbringing, the date of the grand celebration is set. If the bride for some reason “did not fit” the failed relatives, she returns to the parental home.

The wedding ceremony is a grandiose action, the scope of which directly depends on the welfare of the parents of the bride and groom. Before seeing his bride, the groom has to get through a crowd of her relatives, who beat him with sticks. This action means the readiness of the groom to cope with all the difficulties and hardships of the future life.

Today, the bride’s attire can be anything from African national costumes to European outfits, but the bride’s head is always adorned with a kind of “crown” made of multi-layered cloth in the tone of the rest of the garment. At the moment of the bride’s exit, the groom and his friends are obliged to fall down in front of the future relatives.

5 must-see places!

A tourist who has been to Nigeria without visiting the city of Lagos is unlikely to get a full picture of the country. Lagos is a colourful and unlike any other city, where many markets are concentrated in the open air. Once you come here once, you are sure to buy everything you want, even things you don’t need at all. The noise, bustle and cheerful vendors will cheer up even the most serious snob.

The Jos Plateau is a unique natural monument in Nigeria. Huge stone blocks majestically rise right in the middle of green jungle and this contrast causes delight and attracts tourists here. This place is especially popular with mountaineers, who are not intimidated by the massive pillars with steep slopes and flat tops going into the sky.

The city of Kano is the second most populous city in Nigeria and the brightest “long-lived” of this African country. In the very centre of Kano you can see a majestic mosque built in the XV century. It is also worth visiting the historical museum, where real artefacts telling about the history of the country are presented, as well as the Gidan Makama Museum, where samples of kitchen utensils, clothes and other attributes left from the past generations are kept. And after satisfying cultural needs, you can stroll through the markets, which are scattered in large numbers throughout the city. Impressive are the walls of the old town, made of adobe bricks and destroyed in several places, but it did not become less grandiose. There are still some impressive and massive gates in the walls, which were built back in the XI century.

Cross River Park is a place where the endemics of the continent are concentrated, where you can find almost all types of vegetation that are found in Africa today. The park’s Rainforest is also home to about 20 per cent of the planet’s butterflies. Exotic lovers must schedule a visit to this park anytime between November and May. Hiking tours through wild forests with lush vegetation of all shades of green, full-flowing rivers, as well as indigenous inhabitants of the forest in the form of chimpanzees and gorillas will not leave anyone indifferent. Of course, tourists will not be left alone with wild nature, because all walks are allowed only in the company of serious rangers.

Lake Chad and the Chad National Park are places where birds fly to winter. The Sambisa Reserve, part of the national park, is described as a paradise for ecotourism and wildlife enthusiasts.

Nigeria is a country whose population, although living by its own laws, still does not ignore the benefits of modern civilisation, and is also interested in world news. Every second Nigerian nowadays uses a mobile phone, and athletes from this country participate in the Olympic Games and have won dozens of medals.

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5N5N Nigeria. Sunrise 09-14-2023 at 05:14 GMT sunset at 17:27 GMT

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