Nigeria: Introduction

We are heading back to Africa, to Nigeria! This country boasts the largest economy in Africa and is projected to join the top countries of the world in 2050. The abundance of natural gas and oil are major factors in the country’s stability.

The official language of Nigeria is English- left over from the British occupation- but there are more than 520 different languages and dialects spoken in Nigeria alone. Unsurprisingly, with so many different languages, they are the seventh most populated country in the world.

The richest man in Africa has his home in Nigeria and random fun fact: their largest city Lagos, is not the capital. Nigeria is bordered by Benin, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

Nigerians are warm, welcoming, and fun with a true fighting spirit.

Flag Craft

We started our week by making the flag. It consists of 3 vertical stripes of green, white, and green. The green represents wealth and the white represents peace.

Start by folding the paper into thirds by using 4 folds (see the first photo).

Paint the outside stripes green and leave the center white.

There you go! The Nigerian flag πŸ™‚

Nollywood

The film industry in Nigeria is massive! It is the second largest film industry in world, being surpassed only by Bollywood (India’s film industry). Believe it or not, Nigeria pumps out about 2,500 films a year.

So naturally, Martin and I made our own movie!

If you have an iPhone, you have access to iMovie, a free movie creation app.

In the app, you can make a trailer and that is what we did! It is so easy to do, the app tells you what kind of videos to take and you can film them through the app. It will say: action shot or closeup, and then you have the option to edit the text as well. It is a lot of fun and a unique way to introduce the Nigerian film industry to kids!

We had so much fun, that we made a second one with the rest of the family.

If you’ve never checked out this app I strongly encourage you to do so πŸ™‚

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