Did You Know- Nigeria Edition

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

anansi spider

Anansi the spider is a famous folklore character in the region of Nigeria. He is a ‘trickster’ who constantly learns right from wrong the hard way and is used to teach virtues. Beyond its rich folklore, Nigeria is known for many other things. Did you know:

  • Nigeria regained its democracy in 1999, after being under a military rule since 1966
  • Four satellites have been launched into space by the Nigerian government
  • Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups, with over 520 spoken languages
  • Chinua Achebe (author of Things Fall Apart) and Wole Soyinka (the first African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature) are both natives of Nigeria
  • Palm-wine music is a West African fusion of native rhythms, guitars (introduced by sailors) and calypso, famous in Nigeria   
  • Nigerian cuisine involves cooking with many herbs and spices, creating a flavorful blend  

Persecution of Christians is driven by Islamic extremists. In the Sharia states of the north,there have been many attacks on churches and Christian communities in which believers were wounded or killed. In the last year, an estimated total of 1,000 Christians died through persecution. About 5 million Christians are believed to be under intense pressure as a result of their faith. The Boko Haraman extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria sect (an Islamic extremist group) has become a serious threat. From 2009 to date they have destroyed over 50 churches and killed approximately 10 pastors.



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