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We have compiled a few of our favourite experiences that celebrate Nigerian culture and its connection to the natural wonders surrounding it.

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137 Nigerian tribes and where you can find them

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Nigeria is a colourful combination of cultures and landscapes, a place that fully embraces its African heritage and celebrates its diversity.

Also taking great pride in its spectacular natural beauty. This attitude has led to the unique support of local culture and entrepreneurship in tourism.

200 Nigerian tribes and where you can find them play We have compiled a few of our favourite experiences that celebrate Nigerian culture and its connection to the natural wonders surrounding it (Voa hausa)

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We have compiled a few of our favourite experiences that celebrate Nigerian culture and its connection to the natural wonders surrounding it.

1. Understand cultural preservation at Osun sacred grove

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Most famous religious sites in Nigeria

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The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria.

Monkeys bellow their greetings and colourful birds dart across the canopies as guests arrive at the spectacular compound.

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Regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, the landscape of the grove and its meandering river is dotted with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures and artworks in honour of Osun and other deities. The sacred grove, which is now seen as a symbol of identity for all Yoruba people, is probably the last in Yoruba culture.

2. Taste the best of Nigerian dishes in the Southern part of Nigeria

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When looking at the local cuisine of the South-South, its vegetable-filled classics like Ekpang Nkukwo, Afang Soup and Edikaikong are often bolstered by the broad range of delicious seafood that they are cooked with.

Whether the soup is made with succulent stockfish, palatable periwinkles, or scintillating snails, the local South-South cooks are considered connoisseurs of Nigerian seafood-based dishes and it is definitely worth trying out a recipe from this part of the country.

Their geographical positioning plays a major role in the kinds of delicacies this region offers. With many of the states situated in the South-South sitting on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

3. Enjoy the Durbar in northern Nigeria

African Festivals to watch out for in 2018 play In the northern part of Nigeria lies two epic cities, Kano and Katsina, both famous for Durbar festivals. (Durbar)

 

In the northern part of Nigeria lies two epic cities, Kano and Katsina, both famous for Durbar festivals.

The Durbar is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, Eid el-Fitr, and at the start of the pilgrimage to Mecca, Eid el-Kabir.

The Durbar dates back 200 years when horses were used in warfare to protect the Emirate.

A typical Durbar fest has a procession of horsemen, acrobats, and musicians parade in front of the crowd in a myriad of different costumes of every colour you can imagine. Purple turbans, metallic swords glisten in the sun, women dressed in royal robes pass by (Kind of reminds you of medieval Europe).

4. Listen to the folk music

The music of Nigeria includes many kinds of folk and popular music, some of which are known worldwide. Traditional musicians use a number of diverse instruments, such as Gongon drums, kora and the kakaki.

Other traditional cultural expressions are found in the various masquerades of Nigeria, such as the Eyo masquerades, the Ekpe and Ekpo Masquerades of the Efik/Ibibio/Annang/Igbo peoples of coastal southeastern Nigeria, and the Northern Edo Masquerades. The most popular Yoruba manifestations of this custom are the Gelede masquerades.

5. Try out local clothing

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The use of beads is commonplace in Nigeria, it symbolises royalty, freedom and colour.

Due to Nigeria's rich cultural centre dresses vary among ethnic groups. But one thing is sure almost all women tie wrappers and wear beads.

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