The Nigerian culture consists of many groups with different types of ethnics. Nigeria’s three main ethnic groups are Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo. There are different types of languages and religions in Nigeria.
Nigerian people use both verbal and non-verbal type of communication (ANORUE, 2017).
Nigerian people do not talk with their elders by looking at their eyes directly.
- Elders are not addressed by their name only.
- While speaking with others, touching and doing different gestures are very common.
- Nigerian people give importance to facial expression and voice tone.
Parts of Cultural Pride
People of Nigeria are very strong. They always remain jovial and humor during any hard time.
Nigeria shows their talent in every field, like in literature, sports, politics, medicine, and entertainment and so on.
People of Nigeria are very creative. It helps them to be a good entrepreneur (Urama, 2017).
They are very optimist. People over there face many economic and social difficulties,. However, they always remain positive.
The most important part of their culture is that they love their motherland. Hence, they do not blindly follow other foreign culture.
They have a great faith on their religion. Nigerian people have great belief on their god.
Need of Cultural Improvement
Nigerians tend to have faith in the narrow customs, social norms and conventions of their culture. They fail to look beyond their own culture.
They have a very unscientific temperament and irrational mind set.
One of the biggest problem of Nigerian culture is corruption and terrorism and crime.
Polygamy is still present there.
Religious some times create gender discrimination in Nigeria. There are more than two types of religion. Hence, different religion affect their culture differently.
Freedom of women is not acceptable (Anya, 2017).
Stereotypes towards Culture
Though Africa is a very large continent and Nigeria is a country within it, people of other continents think that every African knows each other.
Africa is not a language. However, people think that People are talking with each other in African language (Egbunike, 2017). There are many languages in Africa as well as in Nigeria.
Though unemployment, illiteracy are some major problems of Nigeria. However, this does not mean that all of them are illiterate which other people think about them.
They do black magic.
Stereotypes within Culture
Nigerians do not believe in the social norms or convention of any other culture.
They believe more in herbal medicines rather than scientific treatment.
They believe that their ethnic values are irreplaceable.
Perceive Mental Health and Wellness
People with mental health problems and illness are stigmatized by others in Nigeria.
Nigerians think that mental illness may happen due to some unnatural facts, like attack of evil or spirit.(Iheanacho et al., 2014).
They follow traditional medical care and spiritual therapy (Akinola et al.,2017).
The culture of Nigeria has many ethnic groups. Various type of culture, language, religion can be found there. They are still suffering from some social issues like unemployment, health problem. They have great belief on their religion. People of other countries have some stereotype concepts about them. However, they also achieve success in their life.
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