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NigeriaÔÇÖs progress

Sun, 7 October 2012 21:05
by Jemima Beukes


Nigeria, with its rich and diverse culture, has produced some of the most respected authors on the continent and is also home to Africa’s biggest movie industry, Nollywood.
According to Nigeria’s High Commisioner to Namibia, Biodun Olorunfemi, the rapid growth of the country’s movie industry is a testimony that Nigerians have overcome all the challenges to better their lives.
“In the movie industry, Nollywood is rated as the second biggest in the world. Nigerians have, by themselves, defied all that is negative around them to build a billion-dollar film industry from scratch. This is a major achievement worth celebrating,” he said adding that competition makes the industry even stronger.
Nigeria is also home to famous authors such as Chinua Achebe and Chika Onyeani who have written books like ‘Things Fall Apart’ and ‘The Capitalist Nigger’, which are currently prescribed in academic institutions across the world.
While English is the official language of the country, it is also famous for its Pidgin English, which is perhaps the main driver behind Nollywood’s success.
Its population of more than 100 million people is comprised of 250 tribes with the three largest tribes being the Hausa-Fulani, the Igbo and the Yoruba.
Nigeria’s culture varies in clothing that are somewhat conservative in style.
Nigeria is also the seventh producer of crude oil in the world and second largest in Africa, making it the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa.