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The history of Nigeria can be traced back to the Iwo Eleru and Ugwuelle-Uturu settlers in the south-western part of Nigeria around 9000 BC. The settlers mainly practiced agriculture as a means of survival, but later, the production of ceramic hopped in. Likewise the origin of the ancient Nigerian culture sprang up from the Nok people who settled on the Jos Plateau in Northern Nigeria between 500BC and 200AD.
Nigeria is well-known for its high value of tourism and ecotourism which ranges from wide-life parks, waterfalls, plateaus to cultural festivals and celebrations, such as Yankari National Park, Obudu Mountain Resort, Olumirin Waterfalls, Olumo Rock, Argungun Fishing Festival and lots more.
The Yoruba tribe is among the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria. They are well-respected for their outstanding cultures and traditions. The Yorubas can be found in the South Western part of Nigeria. They so much believe in respect and good manners, that anyone who refuses to have them will be regarded as an outcast.
The Igbo tribe is the second largest ethnic group in Nigeria. They dwell in the South Eastern part of Nigeria and are 32 million in population. The Igbo people work mostly as craftsmen, traders and farmers. They believed that they are descendants of Eri, a sky-being sent by Chukwu (God).
The Hausa people are situated in the Northern part of Nigeria and are considered to be the largest ethnic group in Nigeria. They believed that they originated from Bayajida who migrated from Baghdad in the ninth or tenth century .
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Tafawa Balewa(left/top) Obafemi Awolowo(right/down)
Herbert Macaulay(left/top) Fela Anikulapo Kuti(right/bottom)
Lifestyle in the early years of Nigeria is surrounded by fascinating styles and events which is in many ways different from that of the 21st century.
“Owambe is a large grandiose party thrown by Nigerians anywhere in the world, especially the Yoruba Nigerians”. An Owambe party mustn’t lack the presence of numerous guests, both invited and the uninvited also called “Mogbo Moya”. Not this alone, there must also be the presence of currencies flying in the air which later will stick to the sweating heads of musicians and dancers.
The way people dress to parties today is totally different from the way those party fellas dress back in those days. The men wore trousers with big mouth known as “keep Lagos clean” and a long shirt that would be tucked in and tightened with a long leather belt. The women too, for them, their clothes were made from thick fabrics sown in an amazing way. Did you know that the Oleku style in vogue among the women today was used by these fashion worms in the 70s…