The story of Nigeria is a selfless
history of leadership in many areas. It is not surprising that the citizens
of Nigeria are serving as the epitome of this leadership globally in the
sciences, arts, humanities, sports, diplomacy etc.
Nigeria is a massive country of almost
100 million people comprising 250 ethnic groups speaking 4000 dialects. In
size, it is more than two and half times the size of California. The
diversity of Nigeria is reflected in its rainbow of creeds and complexions,
views and counterviews, stretching from the fringes of the desert in the
North to the Atlantic waters in the South.
With one of the highest literacy rates
in Africa, Nigerians are their own harshest critics, establishing loud
organs to make sure they are heard. The country has the largest and most
vocal press in Africa, publishing views and opinions freely expressed.
However, while debates are impassioned and views varied, Nigerians largely
remain united in a single, unswerving thread: ONE NIGERIA. It is this
oneness that has been the guiding posts of Nigeria since independence even
as it embarked upon state creation exercises in a bid to perfect its federal
Nigerians have often lost their
patience, but not their way, or faith, one that reminds them that clouds may
often overrun the skies; they cannot control it; that beyond the eclipse,
Nigeria is situated in the West African region and lies
between longitudes 3 degrees and 14 degrees and latitudes 4 degrees and 14
degrees. It has a land mass of 923,768 sq. km. It is bordered to the north by
the Republics of Niger and Tchad; it shares borders to the west with ,..........
Temperatures are relatively high across the country with a very narrow
variation in seasonal and diurnal ranges (22-36t). There are two basic
seasons; wet season which lasts from April to October; and the dry season
which lasts from November till March..........
Culture in Nigeria is an influence of the African,
Islamic, and European culture. Which easily reflects in the day to day life
of the Nigerian people. In northern Nigeria, Islam has shaped architecture
and calligraphy. As Islam traditionally forbids the representation of people
Before the year
1914 and before there was ever a country called "Nigeria", the people in
what is known as "Nigeria" consisted of 4 different 'empires', some of them
extending into parts that are not part of current-day Nigeria, like parts of
present -day Ghana and Cameroon..........