Families of Nigeria



The people of Nigeria are probably the most incomprehensible people, because a huge number of changes took place in the country, a huge number of different cultures influenced people’s lives, that now practically no original, cultural and traditional way of life of the real Nigerians has been preserved.

Nigeria is one of the countries that was originally the place where slaves were driven from various countries, and also used the indigenous people of the country as a labor force.


Families of Nigeria

Different cultures and traditions were mixed, new cultures and religions were introduced. No matter what changes occur in the life of the people of Nigeria, the Nigerians were able to preserve their national traditions and carry them through all the difficulties of life, preserve and honor to this day.

It was believed that the African culture had already lost its original appearance, and was on the verge of total extinction, but it turned out that it was not so. In some places, even the appearance of fishing nets and fishing techniques has been preserved, as well as African traditions in cooking.

Some items made of wood, metal and ceramic objects resemble the style of works of individual tribes. All this suggests that not only the individual elements of the tribes, their cultures, have been preserved, but the common African heritage has been preserved.

Nigeria has preserved elements of religious beliefs, which was strongly influenced by immigrants, who were more than enough for the entire history of the country, who came to Nigeria from all over the world.

Due to the persistence of religious traditions in Nigeria, many Nigerians now turn to Islam, because at a certain time it was Islam that became practically the only world religion.

Islam spread over a large territory, and many came under the influence of this powerful religion. Many Nigerian Muslims more strictly observe the moral code of Islam than real true Muslims, although this is unclear, because the Muslims were accepted by the Nigerians earlier only to be free.

As for the family, there is a family solidarity for the Nigerians. The nature of the Nigerians is that they believe that human security depends on the family, and not on material well-being.

If the whole family is always together, and the kinship is always preserved, then every person in the family can count on the support of relatives, and also if the family is supported by each of its members, it will always be prosperous and love will always reign in the family. In most countries, if the family has a very difficult financial situation, this often leads, on the contrary, to the quarrels in the family.

It turns out that for Nigerians who did not have any tangible property and who in principle did not have to take care of feelings of attachment to the family, even then the family for them remained a source of strength and unity.

Even when the slave trade prevailed in the country and the parents were separated from their children, this system only separated the biological family, but attachment to the family never ceased.

Nigerians today, for the most part, do not really want to be individualists and tend to imitate Western cultures and tendencies in everything. The traditions and real views on the life of the Nigerian people begin to lose their meaning, the Nigerians want to be like all other civilized people.

In accepting this or that religion, they try to imitate the other countries of the West who preach these religions. Those who accept Christianity become ardent Catholics, and Nigerians who accept Islam become true and demanding Muslims.

Even family relations in Nigeria have undergone significant changes and persist today only in very remote rural areas. Families of Nigerians are not numerous, but more or less close relatives always remain in touch with each other, and the family often gathers together.

However, even if we take into account the fact that Nigerians forget their traditions, they still manifest themselves at such moments as, for example, wedding ceremonies, birthdays.

Currently, in Nigeria, in some more civilized areas, ordinary families can be observed, in which the traditions of the Nigerian people are combined, along with some features of the present. In one house there live parents and their children, often also with them live the parents of their parents.

The older generation in Nigeria is treated with great respect, so often parents for a long time can live with their children. Sometimes younger children simply stay in their parents’ home in order to provide them with all kinds of support.

In families where people try to preserve the traditions of the people by any means, children are given all the knowledge and skills that parents also adopted from their ancestors. Children are brought up quite strictly, they are trying to instill such traits as respect for parents, love for their ancestors and relatives.


In Nigeria, in families where they hold modern views on life, children enjoy greater freedom, although they are not particularly pampered. Stricter family relations between parents and children in Muslim Nigerian families.

Here the children are completely subordinate to the will of the parents and must honor and respect their fathers. Particular attention is paid to boys, which was to be expected from a real Muslim family. The boys were to continue to be the successors of the family and the head of the family, so only men were involved in their upbringing.

As for the girls, their responsibility is to keep the house in order, they must monitor the household, help the mother raise younger children and simply obey the will of the parents. The girl in the family did not matter much, because she would leave her house in time, get married, and become part of another family.



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