Traditions & Society

Kayan Lefe. Credit: Legit.ng.
Kayan Lefe, a Custom of Marital Luggage

In the weeks leading up to a wedding in most ethnic groups in northern Nigeria,…

Owo men dressed to honour the goddess during the Igogo Festival. Credit: Wikipedia.
Igogo, a Festival of Cross-Dressing

Yoruba mythology is replete with iconic female characters, and some of them have had festivals…

Babban Riga. Credit: pinterest.com.
The Hand Embroiderers of Babban Riga

Northern Nigerian ethnic groups have very different and fascinating traditional ways of life and doing…

Arewa House. Credit: theabusites.
Arewa House

The Arewa House is a rich archive and resource centre for northern Nigerian history, located…

Orò Festival worshippers. From hometown.ng.
The Orò Festival

For almost 60 years, the Yoruba people have held the Orò Festival. The annual event…

Performers in Kano record a music video calling for a peaceful election. Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis. From thebl.com.
Praise-Singing in the North

In northern Nigeria, the culture of praise-singing has persevered through time. The region’s music has…

Worshippers at the Festival of Yemoja. Credit: Femi Amogula/Al Jazeera.
The Festival of Yemoja, Mother of the Yoruba Gods

In Ibadan, Oyo State, in a shrine revered and feared for its sacredness, sits a…

A Nupe wooden stool with incised carving at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Credit: Wikipedia.
The Place of the Stool in Nupe Wedding Culture

The Nupe people live in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. They constitute the majority of…

Kusugu Well. Photo from Katsinapost.com.ng.
The Story of Kusugu Well

In the town of Daura, Katsina State, is located the Kusugu Well, whose history is…

Ikeji Festival in Arondizuogu. Credit to BBC.
Ikeji, the Biggest Festival in Igboland

Every March or April, during Easter, the people of Arondizuogu in Imo State celebrate the…