Nigeria is a pulsating powerhouse: as the most populous nation on the continent – nearly every fifth African is Nigerian – it dominates the region economically and culturally, spreading the fruits of its rapid development throughout Africa with fury. Indeed, while many Western economies are faltering, Nigeria’s growth ranks in the top five – not least because it's the world’s 10th largest producer of oil. Lagos, Nigeria’s main city, is bursting at the seams: with burgeoning technology and telecommunications industries, posh restaurants and clubs, and an absolutely exploding music and arts scene, this megacity is the face of modern Africa.
In villages and towns outside Gidi (as Lagosians call their city), you may often feel as if you’re a lone explorer getting a glimpse of the raw edges of the world. Immersing yourself in the deep and layered cultures, histories, and surroundings – from the ancient Muslim cities of the north to the river deltas, from Yoruba kingdoms and spiritual shrines to the legacy of tribal conflict and the slave ports, and among simply stunning natural environments – provides a worthy antidote to a sometimes exhausting journey.
Argungu Fishing Festival: a guide to Nigeria's fishing frenzy
This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet's A Year of Festivals. Location: Argungu, Nigeria Dates: around mid-February Level of participation: 1 – get a fish-eye view from the river banks...
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Durbar: a guide to Nigeria’s cavalry festival
Gate to Emir's palace in Kano by Shiraz Chakera. Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike licence (CC BY-SA 2...
Travel literature review: My Nigeria
My Nigeria by Peter Cunliffe-Jones Rating: 4 out of 5 Reviewed by Cate Jaques In My Nigeria, Peter Cunliffe-Jones follows in the footsteps of his forefathers, combining family memoir and history to examine Nigeria aft...