The cultural wealth of Nigeria
But when we speak of the greatness of Nigeria, we are not referring only to its population or its natural resources. Nigeria is able to gather within its borders a mixture of peoples and cultures, histories and religions that won’t leave any visitor indifferent. It is true that we see this "mixture" a bit throughout Africa, but here we breathe a cultural wealth in raw state. There are more than 250 different languages and cultures, predominantly Muslim but also Christian, especially after the colonization of Nigeria by Europeans in the 19th and 20th centuries.
It was also by this time that the first African sculptures, some of them from Nigeria, arrived in Europe. And what for many was considered primitive, served as inspiration for great masters such as Gauguin and Picasso.
When buying a souvenir, opt for a piece of handicraft, whether in leather, bronze or wood and bring a piece of Nigerian culture. Funeral masks, ivory sculptures and terracotta pieces are some of the examples you can purchase.