Introducing the country:
Nigeria is a country located in Africa. However some bad, are many great qualities that go along with this country. The capitol happens to be the City of Abuja, Nigeria.
LOCATION OF NIGERIA
Geographic location: Where a particular place, city, country, region etc, is located.
Nigerias relative location is West Africa, under the country of Niger
Visual representation of what Nigerias continent, Africa, symbolizes
ECOWAS Building, downtown Abuja
The capital of Nigeria is The very beautiful city of Abuja, located at exactly 9.0765 degrees north, and 7.3986 degrees East
Elevated skyline Photo of Downtown Abuja at night
Nigeria has many unique landforms found within the country. Some to name are the Benue river valley, Mambilla Platau, and the Zuma rock.
The zuma rock is an igneous intrusion rock made of gabbro and granodiorite.
It also has an elevation of 3,691 feet
People typically use this massive landform for rock climbing.
The Benue River is an 870 mile long river that goes through Cameroon and Nigeria
In 2012, a flood of the Benue river resulted in a huge increase of population of poisonous snakes in the area.
Climate of Nigeria
- Nigeria has two primary seasons, a wet and a dry season.
- Harmattan winds occur between December and January
- Temperatures reach extreme levels during the dry season, at times
Map label of bordering countries
Nigeria has 4 countries that border them. They are:
Bodies of Water
There are many bodies of water that can be found around the country of Nigeria. Some to list are:
- Niger River
- Lake Chad
- Gulf of Guinea
- Benue river
- Lagos Lagoon
Place refers to the physical and/or human aspects of a specific location.
Some of Nigerias main natural resources are Oil, gas, gold, lead, and zinc. One of these natural resources, however, come with a big problem. That is Oil.
There are four main cultural groups found in Nigeria. They are:
People of the Hausa cultural group
A Fulani woman with a fulanian painting design on her face
Men doing an Igbo cultural ritual
Some men celebrating Yoruba rituals and performing a musical ritual
There are two main religions practiced in Nigeria:
Nigerian community celebrating at a church
National Church of Nigeria (Christianity)
While Nigeria has many of their own fascinating and interesting traditions, it also celebrates a few that us in the United States celebrate as well. Some to name are Christmas and Easter, both being a Christian holiday.
Some other holidays and traditions include:
Eid Al Mawlid
People praying for Eid Al Mawlid
This holiday is celebrated in February, and is the first major Muslim/Islamic holiday celebrated during the calendar year
Argungu Fishing Festival
People competing to find the biggest fish in the Sokoto river
This is a four day event, and a competition to catch the largest fish in the Sokoto river.
People celebrating the Osun festival
This festival is celebrated by the Yoruba cultural group, and it honors the river goddess, Oshun
In the country of Nigeria, they have a federal government. Their government includes:
- Executive, judicial, and legislative branch
- Executive branch president is Muhammadu Buhari
- Disbursed aid from the United States is 154$ million
Human-environment interactions are the impact on the environment that has something to do with a human, whether it be made by humans such as bridges.
Some of the crops that are grown in Nigeria are:
- Cocoa beans
- Palm oil
There are many different job opportunities that can be found. Jobs like:
- Civil engineers
Hawkers are people that try to sell products on the streets
However, today's most popular job in Nigeria happens to be a fashion designer.
Woman modeling at a fashion show in Nigeria
The African elephant is the worlds largest animal walking on earth. It is endangered because of poaching their tusks.
African lions are endangered because they have less than one percent of their original space, especially in West Africa.
African manatees are endangered because in Nigeria, they are selling these animals to zoos.
The number one environmental problem in Nigeria is the oil spills. In the Ogale community in the Rivers state of Nigeria, the farmers claim that there have been oil spills since 1989, and have no clean drinking water, rivers, or even farmland, according to BBC world news. The UNEP has even recommended a 1 billion dollar fund in what would be the largest cleanup of any kind in history.
A region is an area with similar characteristics
Nigeria has an education system in which it is called a 6-3-3-4 education system. This includes:
- 6 years of primary school
- 3 years of Junior secondary school
- 3 years of senior secondary school
- 4 years in tertiary institution
Young adults in Senior secondary school
Shows classroom conditions
Nigeria has the largest population of any country in all of Africa.
The total population if Nigeria is 183,523,432 in 2015
It's population density is 200.05 people per square meter
Area of country
The total area of the country is 356,669 square miles.
Per capita GDP
Nigerias per capita GDP is 3005.51 US dollars
The life expectancy of Nigeria is very low compared to the United States.
- The life expectancy of males is 52.4 years
- The life expectancy for females is 54.5 years
The literacy rate is 59.6%
Nigeria is located in the Sahel climate, which is a tropical climate. However, Nigeria has a wet and a dry season.
Movement is a motion and can range from physical movement, such as migration, or a movement of an email being sent from one place and received from another.
Cars/car modeling in Nigeria
Nigeria mainly imports cars and wheat, while exporting gas, and petroleum.
Petroleum production machine
Nigerias flag is green and white. It was designed in 1959. The 2 green sides represent natural wealth, while the white strip in the middle represents peace.
Gaining its independence
Nigeria gained its independence through constitutions legislated through the British government. The country formed a government from the NPC and the NCPC. In 1963, they elected Azikiwe their president, this coming after being made a republic country.
Some private schools in Nigeria have computers
Nigeria uses some of the same technology that the United States uses. It's technology industry is slowly growing larger over time. The above device, "Rasberry Pi" is used in many classrooms to display things onto walls such as math problems.
More uses of computers within the Nigerian classrooms
Transportation/communication in Nigeria
Transportation in Nigeria is very similar of that in the United States. The most popular ways of transportation include cars, busses, and taxis. A more interesting mean of transportation for Nigeria would be the tricycle car. However, transportation is a lot different of an experience than that of the US, as seen in the above photo.
Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerias president
A very weird situation has developed in the country of Nigeria, as their president, Muhammadu Buhari has suddenly gone missing. He had recently left to seek medical treatment in London, as nobody has heard of him since. President Donald Trump, however, did say he recently spoke by phone with the Nigerian president and says he is fine. There is still speculation that Buhari is in poor health.
Announcement of extending his leave
Malnutrition a growing problem in Northern Nigeria
Many kids in Nigeria very sick
Many people are beginning to believe that starvation has taken a toll on a decent piece of the population. Recently at the feeding centers, which support people in severe need of food, there have been almost no toddlers present. While there are baby's and young adults, kids ranging from the ages of 4-7 have appearently starved to death. "There are almost always small children buzzing around camps."
Feeding center in Nigeria
Nigeria has many great reasons to think about traveling to their country. It has many great landforms and beautiful places to visit. It's weather is also typically nice, if you like warm.
Nigeria has many attractions, such as the National Mosque, which is an amazing site to see, as shown earlier in an above picture.
Abuja national mosque at night
You can also find many national parks, such as Cross River National Park. It includes many waterfalls, and is made up of tropical rainforests. Many animals can be seen here as well, living in their natural habitats.
Waterfall in Cross River National Park
You can also find many different restaurants in downtown Abuja, as well as other cities. One of the more popular ones is City View, in downtown Nigeria. It serves many of the same types of food as Americans eat, such as chicken wings, Salad, and pizza. However, their food might not taste exactly as you expect, as the food has its own cultural blend.
The people of Nigeria are also generally friendly, as they celebrate happiness and many great traditions and holidays.
Day in the Life of a High School Resident
A high school student has its similarities and it's differences when compared to America. A typical day includes:
School busses of West Africa
- Waking up at about 5:30 to 6 AM
- Catching the bus (or walking) at about 7
- It usually takes almost an hour for students to arrive at school, very different from that of what we in the United States are used to
- Students usually spend the first 3 hours of school in class, before eating lunch
- Lunch, if served, usually includes rice and eggs
- Over the course of the day, students have classes which include math, English, social studies, and phonics, or the sound of words
- After school, school is technically not over, as they have another English class, this one more laid back
- Students typically arrive back to their homes at around 4
- After school, kids usually do their homework and/or have a job
Typical Nigeria classroom
After school, boys may or may not have jobs, however it usually depends on the situation of the family. Girls usually stay home, and help their moms clean and take care of younger siblings. They can also do other hobbies, such as beadwork. Beadworking is a popular hobby in Nigeria, as fashion and necklaces are one of the hottest things in the country today. Boys usually play soccer or some other sport, whilst girls also do this as well, just not as common.
Families usually have dinner an hour before bedtime, at about 7. At 8, families say their evening prayers and go to bed.
Nigerian cultural groups have their own traditional music that they play, but Nigeria also contains their own type of modern day music, such as the song below, which is one of the most popular songs in Nigeria today.
Other interesting ideas/content
Video shows day in the life of an average adult in Nigeria
College student daily life
Nigeria national soccer team qualifying for the World Cup in the late 1980s
Goes more in depth on the oil spills in Nigeria
Exhibition team USA vs Nigeria summer olympics
Famous athletes from Nigeria
- Hakeem Olajuwon( probably the biggest athlete icon in Nigerias history, and one of the best big men of all time in the NBA
- Victor Oladipo(born in Maryland, but his mother was a Nigerian immigrant)
- Andre Igoudala(
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (first time NBA all star this year, and just like Victor he is a son of 2 former Nigerian immigrants)