Nigeria encompasses an astonishing melting pot of people and languages within its borders. It is one of the most populous countries in the world and is home to over 500 ethnic groups, each with a language and culture of their own.
The resulting art scene is vibrant and ever-changing, mixing influences from native peoples and international sources. Nigeria is the birthplace of Fela Kuti and the Afrobeat movement, and music venues across the country still thrum with Kuti’s rhythms.
The capital, Lagos, is a pulsing and modern urban sprawl where cars and snack vendors pack the streets to bursting point. Yet you don’t have to travel far to find villages which retain the traditions of past centuries, or to discover Nigeria’s tropical rainforests, mangroves and savannah plains.
The University of Ibadan is one of the top-performing universities in Nigeria, as well as being the oldest. It is known as a medical school, but also boasts its own botanical and zoological gardens. Recently, more Westerners have gotten to know the University of Nigeria and its location, the university town of Nsukka, through the novels of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who was a former student. Within Nigeria, the university has a reputation for producing prominent lawyers.
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