Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and natural resource, with its heterogeneous divergence in terms of cultural observance, multi lingual communication, spiritual inclination, vast land mass and fast growing population. Hence, Nigeria has some of the most enchanting and uncommon marriage cultural ceremonies and burial rites in Africa.
Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups. Hence, it should not surprise anyone that among these groups, there will be some 'strange' cultural practices associated with marriage. Most times, these practices are meant to strengthen the bond of marriage and preserve its sanctity. Nigeria Travel Digest Magazine hereby presents you some thrilling and some queer traditional social practises across Nigeria.
Flogging the groom among the Fulanis
This is a festival in which an intending young Fulani groom is flogged to prove that he’s ready to take a wife. The would-be groom will be trashed and he must show no signs of pain. Otherwise, his readiness to take up the huge responsibility of marriage will not be accepted.
THE UNIQUENESS OF ANCIENT KANO EMIRATE
Kano Emirate (State) is a state located in Northern Nigeria. Created on May 27, 1967 from part of the Northern Region, Kano state borders Katsina State to the north-west, Jigawa State to the north-east, Bauchi State to the south-east and Kaduna State to the south-west. The capital of Kano State is Kano. The state originally included Jigawa State which was made a separate state in 1991. Kano is the heartbeat of Northern Nigeria.
It is a city that is replete with relics of the old civilization and it is also home to some leading Nigerian political elites. It is the second largest city in Nigeria, after Lagos. It’s a major center for commercial activities. Traveldigest.com.ng an Online Magazine, the leading online travel agency, showcases and highlights the sights and sounds of Kano.
PLACES TO EXPLORE
The Emir’s Palace: The Kano traditional system is very powerful, presently led by his eminence, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, one time the Governor of Central Bank Nigeria. It was built by Emir Muhammadu Rumfa in the 13th century. The Palace is in the Heart of Kano.
The City Walls: This is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Kano. It is a must visit. It has a moderate height of 18 meters. It is over 700 years ago the wall was erected. Although most of the wall’s part has depleted, you will still find remnants.
The African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) held on Saturday the 16th of July 27, 2017 night at the Convention Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was a gathering of who and who in the film industry, the glamour can’t not be over emphasized the show started with arrival of guest through the red carpet, photograph taken, fashion inspection and exchange of pleasantries’ just to mention a few.
Senegalese movie, Felicite, emerged the biggest winner of the night at the 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The movie won six AMAAs, the most of all the contenders. Felicite took home awards in three of the five major categories, winning best film, best actress in a leading role, and best supporting actor. Nigerian historical drama, ’76, won three awards from its eight nominations.
In total Nigeria won nine awards, including the special recognition honour given to veteran Nollywood actor, Nkem Owoh popularly known as Osuofia was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the organizers of Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, for his immense contribution to the development of the Nigerian film industry.
Presenting the award, which went to another veteran actor, Pete Edochie last year, to Nkem Owoh, a member of the AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini said, Osuofia deserved the honour, having being in the industry for more than three decades, as he wrote scripts for the now rested late Ken Saro Wiwa’s soap, ‘Bassey and Company’ and TV drama, The New Masquerade.
Veteran Nollywood actor, Ejike Asiegbu, has firmly expressed his support to the Nigerian governments on the plan to surcharge Nigerian companies who invest monies in promoting foreign football leagues and use the funds for the development of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, recently revealed a planned amendment of the National Broadcasting Code which helps improve the standard of the NPFL, and insisted that Nigerian companies sponsoring foreign football leagues on local television must be ready to pay the 30% of their budget for the development of the Nigerian League.
"There's no doubt that we Nigerians want the local league to be better than it is now," Asiegbu who takes keen interest in football matters and was in South Africa in 2010 to support the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup told Completesportsnigeria.com. "We've seen some improvements in the standard of football, but the management of the clubs are equally important. The minister meant well because that means that the resources you spend outside of Nigeria will be within Nigeria.
NO. 1: Keziah Jones A Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He describes his musical style as "Blufunk", which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound. He is known for his distinctive style of guitar playing, including his percussive right-hand technique which is similar to a bass guitarist's slapping technique. Keziah was married to Anglo-Nigerian singer Akure Wall in 1994. They separated in 1996. On 14 January 2012 Keziah married Hauwa Mukan, they separated in December 2013.
NO. 2: Prince Twins Seven Seven Born Prince Taiwo Olaniyi Oyewale-Toyeje Oyelale Osuntoki in Ogidi, Nigeria, was a Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician. Prince Twins Seven-Seven began his career in the 1960s in workshops conducted by Ulli and Georgina Beier in Osogbo, a Yoruba town in southwestern Nigeria. Since then he has become one of the most well known artists of the Osogbo School. His work is influenced by traditional Yoruba mythology and culture, and creative a fantastic universe of humans, animals, plants and Yoruba gods. Visually, his work resembles Yoruba carvings Twins Seven Seven died aged 67 in Ibadan on 16 June 2011 following complications from a stroke.
NO. 3: Chinwe Ifeoma Chukwuogo-Roy MBE (Member of British Empire) was a visual artist who was born in Ondo, Nigeria, and spent much of her young life in Ikom on the Cameroon border before moving back to the family home at Umubele in Awka. She lived in Britain since 1975. Her paintings, prints and sculptures are predominantly figurative, in the genres of portraiture, still-life, and landscape and narrative subjects. She won international attention in 2002 for being only one of two Nigerian artists (the other being Ben Enwonwu) to have been allowed to paint official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II Her work appeared on the national postage stamps of seven countries during 2006. In 2008, she was invited to address the Cambridge Union. In 2010 Chukwuogo-Roy was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her contributions to Art.
Lagos the commercial and busiest city in West Africa, and arguably the busiest in the entire African continent, is set to hold tourism, Art and Culture pageant come September this year. Lagos is known for her business tourism potential, but Governor Ambode is not celebrating the feat. Since becoming the State's chief executive, he has intensified efforts to make Lagos the leading leisure tourism destination in West Africa.
One of the immediate solutions to economic and socio-cultural Nigerian problem is tourism, which has saved countless crises of many countries. It is important to note that both private and public sectors in Nigeria are heavily investing in the tourist sector of the country because tourism generates income for both local and national. This, especially, allows local people opportunity for educational and economy development in many different areas. The African Cultures and Arts are areas that interest the global world at large for tourist purposes in Africa
When one’s cultural value is rich enough to have its arts having a distinct place in the global arts, with this uniqueness of African cultural arts. Until recently, private organisations, such as, MLK Events and Promotion headed by Martin Adeyemo started promoting and celebrating African culture, art and tourism early last year in relation to beauty pageant.
This picture are taken during Eid-el Fitr celebrations locally known as Hawan Sallah or Hawan daushe (meaning Sallah riding) in Bauchi, Bauchi state. The horse riders dress and adorned in traditional (mostly Hausa warriors) regalia. This celebration can sometimes happen for marriage ceremonies and welcoming expatriate guest to the state. Note: Hausa is a tribe/language in most part of northern Nigeria
The culture of Nigeria is shaped by Nigeria's multiple ethnic groups. The country has 527 languages, seven of them are extinct. Nigeria also has over 1150 dialects and ethnic groups. The four largest ethnic groups are the Hausa and Fulani in the north, the Igbo in the southeast, and the Yoruba predominate in the southwest.
The Edo people are most frequent in the region between Yorubaland and Igboland. Many of the Edo tends to be Christian. This group is followed clearly by the Ibibio/Annang/Efik people of the coastal south southern Nigeria and the Ijaw of the Niger Delta.
An audience of more than 250 industry leaders from across Europe were in attendance for the presentations on Saturday evening.
Saint Petersburg, Russia, has claimed the title of Europe’s Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony in Sardinia, Italy.
Among the other big winners was Europcar, which took the title of Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company, and Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa in Turkey, which was voted Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort.
Also on the winner’s podium was the recently opened Excelsior Hotel Gallia, Italy, which claimed the Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel title, and Conrad Algarve, recognised as Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort.
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