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Nigerian culture is as multi-ethnic as the people in Nigeria. The people of Nigeria still cherish their traditional languages, music, dance and literature. Nigeria comprises of three large ethnic groups, which are Yoruba, Hausa-Fulani and Igbo. However there are other ethnic groups as well. Thus culture in Nigeria is most positively multi-ethnic.

Culture of Nigeria gives a lot of value to different types of arts, which primarily include ivory carving, grass weaving, wood carving, leather and calabash. Pottery, painting, cloth weaving and glass and metal works.

There are more than 250 languages spoken in Nigeria. English is considered to be the official language. However, it is notable that not more than about 50% of the population are able to speak in English. Every tribe has got its own language, which they prefer following as the standard mode of communication among themselves. Nigeria culture includes varieties in types of clothing as there are different groups of people living in the country. What is common in their dressing style is the conservativeness.

Nigerian culture gives a lot of importance in treating the guests with utmost care and warmth. The hospitality of people represents this tradition. That is why people are not supposed to say thank you, when they are offered food. Among the games, the Nigerians enjoy soccer the most. Polo, cricket, swimming and wrestling are popular among the affluent classes. Nigerian culture is as old as 2000 years and what makes it stand out is its diversity.

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