Essay on History and Uniqueness of the Culture of Nigeria

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History of the Culture
The first known human remains within the Nigerian region was found to be dated within the Last Stone Age (around 10000 BCE and 2000 BCE); they were called the Iron Age-Nok people. Between the pass of time, many different groups of people have migrated into and immigrated out of this land. The early societies that had settled down within this area were decentralized and focused on small villages or village groups. However, by the end of the first millennium CE, through social interactions and trade with their neighboring groups, societies began to develop more centralized state structures based on kingship.
By the 11th century, powerful empires were built in the northern and southern regions of Nigeria. Although the
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Nigeria is also the 7th biggest supplier of crude oil on earth, and is considered Africa’s economic giant.
Geography, climate, and political conditions are all interconnected with influencing the Nigerian culture. All three factors had affected different parts of the region and have created the history of both strong empires and weak villages. During the early periods, the open plains had allowed communication between different villages in the north and expand into an empire. The climate there also gave an advantage for hunting and gathering, and through many interactions with others, helped spread the main religion of the north, Islam. The Muslim religion is deeply incorporated into both political and cultural aspects of the Northern Nigerian lifestyle. The strong influence of Islam still strongly remains within the Northern area of Nigeria. The Eastern and Western regions are filled with swampy areas and between the numerous swamps are islands filled with oil. Due to the vast amount of forests between them and the north, the Eastern and Western parts are not as influenced by Islam.
This culture’s worldviews really depend on what area of the region we are focusing on. However, most of Nigeria highly values the act of greeting another person. Is one does not greet another it is a sign of great disrespect. The Nigerian people are also very respectful to their elders and welcome uninvited guests because there is a lack of

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