Question About Culture of The Nigeria People in relationship to Poverty and Wealth

Hello I am working a research paper for a class that I am taking. My paper is on the culture of the Nigerian people.

I will have a series of questions to ask if this posting works.

I have been talking to classmate that is from Nigeria, however, we have been unable to meet up after class for a good discussion on the subject.

My first question in about the poverty and wealth.

1.) According to my research about 70% of the people of Nigeria live below the poverty line. Would you say that this is accurate?

2.) While talking to my classmate he told me that there is a fair amount of governmental corruption. Do you agree?

3.) If so, do you feel that this has an effect on the wealth and poverty levels and what other ways does it affect day to day life of Nigerians?

Thank you for your time in advance for answering these questions. I am very interested in anything that you have to say about the question I have asked.

I also ask for your advice on what you feel a report on Nigerian culture include.

What would you like for people to know about your culture as I am also giving presentation to accompany the report.

by Steve
(North Carolina, USA)


  1. The Nigerian Government, Culture and People
    by: Anonymous

    Nigeria is a unique and dedicated group of people who work and fight earnestly to achieve their own success. Although, we are not without our own many obstacles, like every other country in the world we like to believe that we are still on our own transformation stage. The country has been through a lot of critical moment; the civil war that lasted for several years, political coup de’tat and the wide-spread curruption that have eaten very deep into the marrows of our (mostly self acclaimed) political leaders. If you want to know whether Nigeria political leaders are corrupt, whether the Nigeria system of government is in order or in shambles; I would say ‘SHAMBLES’ in capital letters.

    Nevertheless, we Nigeria still believe that one independent president (that is not answering to any old man) is enough to revitalize this great nation and return things to perspectives.

    Steve, I could rant all day about the things that needs fixing in this country, I hope this helps a little. I hope you get milder answers from other Nigeria.

    You can ask all the other questions on your mind, we are just getting started

  2. Nigeria Culture
    by: Emma

    there are lots of articles on this site about nigeria culture, people and way of live. Just keep looking

  3. Thanks and another question
    by: Steve

    Thank you for the responses. I knew nothing about Nigeria or it’s culture before starting this project and I feel like I have learned a lot. I appreciate the time you have taken to respond to my questions and I have another one.

    I was reading about Nigerian family life on another website and my understanding of what I read was that wives are often responsible for themselves and their children finically. This is different from what I expected and was just looking for some clarification on that. Other things that I had read lead me to believe that the man was solely responsible for the family income. I do understand that it may just be a difference generationally or a difference from tribe to tribe too. Any input here would be great. Thanks

  4. I was reading about Nigeria foods and am looking for a Nigeria restaurant in my area. Assuming I find one what food is a must for my first taste of Nigeria food?

  5. About The People of Nigeria, Culture of nigeria, Men and Women
    by: Anonymous

    Hello Steve,
    If I understand you correctly you want to know if the Nigerian woman is financially responsible for the family.

    I have to tell you conclusively that over ninety percent of Nigerian homes are run by the man both financially and otherwise. In Nigeria the man happens as the head of the family, he calls the shots and make most of the rule.

    Over fifty percent of Nigeria women makes less than $150 in a month and the majority of these women are house wives (They take care of the kids, take them to school, cook nice and tasty meal and make sure the house is clean and inviting).

    Most of the times it solely depends on family arrangement and agreement between the man and wife, for some men it is good for the wife to join the work force while many Nigerian men still kick against the aspiration.

    You can find an interesting article About Nigeria people Here

    Here is one of the most visited page on this site – About Nigeria Men

    Here is an article About Nigerian Culture

  6. Respect
    In Nigeria what are signs of respect or disrespect that someone traveling to the country should be aware of?

    I have hear that you generally should not make eye contact when speaking to an elder and that when handing something to someone it should always be down with the right hand. Is this accurate and why is it important to use the right?

  7. Nigeria Customs and Traditions

    Ok, I am going to be as precise as possible. There are lots of rules and traditions in Africa, some of which could be dated way back over some hundreds of years ago. I grew up knowing that it is wrong to hand out anything with a left hand, this is so in Nigeria and most African countries. It is a sign of disrespect and disloyalty.

    Personally, I have been sort of default programmed to hand out stuff with my right hand, that just what I now

  8. Question About Culture of The Nigeria People

    Hello Steve,
    Sorry that I wasn’t able to reply in time, I just hope this would still help you to write a comprehensive and positive review about the country Nigeria. Nigeria is a great country that is run by a president as well and crowned kings and village chiefs, the country could be sub-divided into six geo-political zones which are made up of different tribes and tongue (if I can say it that way), This tribes and different tongues have customs and traditions that are being passed down from generation to generation.

    Take the Yorubas for instance, a Yoruba man in London could still fall down and greet any other Yoruba man he holds in high esteem simply because he was brought up that way.

    In Nigeria and most African countries bold emphasis is laid on ‘greetings.’ it is a sign of disrespect to walk past an older person without greeting. We all were brought up that way and we may not be able to change it, at least not any time soon!

  9. the domineering attitude of the lesser population in Nigeria:The wealthy

    The and poverty situation in Nigeria is majorly contributed by d greed of d masses.The government is the people and if there is corruption in the government that is because the people are corrupt.I would quite say that most of Nigeria populance live below poverty level(less than $1 a day).The people in government cares in no way for country or the people they have been elected to serve.
    There is a lot to learn on Nigeria culture.You can visit to read about Nigeria peoples and culture.

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