Nigeria

Teacher Resources

Thank you for creating artwork to exchange with children in Nigeria!

Feel free to use the following resources if you'd like to teach your students about the children and culture of Nigeria while they create their artwork. 

Overview

Nigeria is a country located on the western coast of Africa with a bustling economy and geography as diverse as its people. It is home to over 250 ethnic groups with over 500 languages and a variety of customs and traditions. Since 2014, over 2.4 million Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, living far away from home in fear of the next attack and kidnapping by the terrorist organization. Now, they suffer from additional destruction and displacement caused by warring factions of herders and farmers as they battle over resources, land, and religion. This instability makes it difficult for children to attend school, and as a result, less than half of children in northern Nigeria go to school regularly. 

The children you will exchange artwork with defy the odds; they attend school in the capital city of Abuja and they can't wait to connect with your students through the universal language of art--to break down cultural barriers and make a friend across the world. 

Inspirational/Instructional Video

Helpful Links

FAST FACTS

Get a quick, kid-friendly overview on Nigeria, from history to nature in this article by National Geographic Kids.

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NIGERIA IN PHOTOS

This video by the BBC highlights images by a Nigerian photographer determined to change the Nigerian narrative through his art. 

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LIFE IN LAGOS

This video by Al Jazeera shows what daily life is like in Lagos, Nigeria, one of the fastest growing megacities in the world. 

NIGERIAN CUISINE

Nigerians are proud of their robust, warm flavors. Read about some of their must-try dishes in this article by Answers Africa. 

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HUMAN RIGHTS

A 2018 Human Rights Watch report on Nigeria details the dangers that citizens face including Boko Haram, internal fighting, & political corruption. 

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KIDNAPPINGS

Learn about the Boko Haram Chibok kidnappings in 2014 and the kidnapping of more schoolgirls in 2018 in this Times video and article.

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