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Navigating Nigeria

August 14, 2013
A picture of Nigeria's gorgeous terrain.

A picture of Nigeria’s gorgeous terrain.

Hills, plateaus and even some mountains mold Nigeria’s beautiful land. However, what makes Nigeria truly unique is not its landscape. Because Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, there is no surprise that Nigeria is home to bountiful culture, industry and diversity.

Nigeria is home to rich history, which connects today’s society to ancient humans. Archeological evidence shows that Nigeria houses some of the world’s oldest humans, which dates back to 9000 BC. In fact, the Nok civilization of Nigeria (500 BC – 200 AB) is the earliest known human civilization.

Although archaeologists are finding more and more evidence of our earlier predecessors, a modern industry is also prospering in Nigeria. The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, is the world’s second largest movie producer. Nollywood actually surpasses America’s leading movie industry, Hollywood. Nollywood produces approximately 200 movies every week.

Nigeria also contains some of the most diverse and rare species of wildlife. Nigeria is home to the most diverse collection of wild butterflies. There are hundreds of species of these colorful critters; however, they most roam near Calabar and the Cross River State area.

The most endangered mammal species in Africa, the drill monkey, lives in Nigeria. The drill monkey is so rare that it can only be found in Souteast Nigeria and Nigeria’s neighbor, Cameroon.

The diversity and culture that makes up Nigeria is simply outstanding; however, there are plenty of other interesting facts about this amazing country.

  • The Third Mainland Bridge in Nigeria is the longest bridge in Africa. The bridge gets its name because it is one of three bridges that connect Nigeria to the mainland.
  • Ogun State houses the most universities in Nigeria.
  • More than 250 different ethnic groups make up Nigeria.

Nigeria - visualThough this article creates a great snapshot into life in Nigeria, it does not begin to describe all the remarkable cultural and historical aspects that make up this country. There are plenty of other articles about Nigeria, which will provide you and your family with countless fun facts about Nigeria. However, merely reading about Nigeria does not allow you to experience this magnificent country.

Hosting a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student from Nigeria allows you and your whole family to immerse yourselves into the Nigerian way of life. The hosting experience gives your family the chance to see the world from a different perspective.

This once in a lifetime opportunity also allows you to show an international high school student, like Habib Micah, the American way of life. Habib Micah is a 2013-2014 YES student from Nigeria, who enjoys reading, playing the bass guitar and playing soccer.

The hosting experience helps connect Iowan communities to individuals and communities worldwide. If you are interesting in hosting Habib Micah or learning more about our YES program, please feel free to contact us!

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