Nigeria Centenary Blog

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President Jonathan’s Independence Day Address

As our nation looks back on its 53 years as an independent nation, President Goodluck Jonathan gave his customary speech to the nation this morning. However, this year he departed from the usual format and examined the state of the nation with a critical eye. We were reminded that this independence day is...

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Nigerian Woman Wins Muslim Miss World

The annual Muslim event – now in its third year - was created in protest against the Miss World competition which is taking place in Bali, Indonesia, later this month. The Miss World contest has previously come under fire for its controversial swim suit portion. When Nigeria was due to host the Miss World...

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The Lost Hairstyles of Nigeria Past

These days many women don’t consider themselves fashionable unless they’re weighed down by the latest 16-inch Brazilian weave-on made from 100% human hair. As an article in the UK Guardian points out, this attitude cuts across class and ethnicity. But it wasn’t always like this. In the past, women considered their natural...

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Getting Nigerian Languages Right

Language is one of the most fundamental characteristics of being a Nigerian. It binds us to our ethnic identities and roots us in particular cultural and religious traditions. In Yorobaland, for instance, dialects are so distinct that some even constitute mini-languages of their own. Language is not just part of our...

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For the Love of Football

It is no secret that Nigerians love their sports; it’s one of the few things that can unite us regardless of tribe, religion or class. Of course when we say “sports”, we usually mean football. However, Nigerian football lovers are not monogamous in their affections. As the English Premier League season...