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Nigeria: Noks, Adire Tie-dye, & Groundnut Stew
Do you want to know more about Nigeria? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Nigeria on a map, cook a Nigerian meal, watch YouTube clips on Nigeria, color the flag, create a Nigerian craft, read a great book about Nigeria, and more!
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Where is Nigeria?
Locate Nigeria on this map of the Africa. Use this map of Nigeria to label the capitol, Abuja. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria.
Fun Facts about Nigeria
Nigeria has the highest rate of twin births in the world, compared to any other country. Twin babies were killed for many years until the Christian missionary, Mary Slessor, worked to end that tribal practice.
Nigeria may contain the world's largest diversity of butterflies, particularly in the areas surrounding Calabar, Cross River State.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous country in the world.
The Nok civilization (around 500 BC-200 AD) is the earliest known civilization that lived in Nigeria. They were a large civilization and were experts at making terracotta.
Visit Nigeria on YouTube
Prepare and serve Nigerian Groundnut stew, mashed yams/sweet potatoes, hot tea, and Shuku Shuku. In rural areas Nigerians do not use utensils. Instead, they scoop up the stew using mashed yams (called fufu).
Nigerian Groundnut Stew
- 3 lbs broiler-fryer chickens (cut up)
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 lb beef stew meat cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 medium chopped onions
- 1 medium chopped green pepper
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 -2 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- mashed yam (or sweet potatoes) or hot cooked rice (for serving)
- In a large saucepan, stock pot, or Dutch oven brown chicken pieces in hot oil about 15 minutes; remove from pan. Set aside, reserving drippings. Add beef, onion, and green pepper to drippings; cook till beef is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes, salt, and red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 30 minutes. Add chicken pieces: simmer 20 minutes more. In small sauce pan melt peanut butter over low heat. Stir into chicken mixture. Return mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover simmer 20 minutes more. Skim off fat. Serve with mashed yams/sweet potatoes or hot cooked rice. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Shuku Shuku (Nigerian Coconut Balls)
These taste like coconut macaroons.
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup self-rising flour
- Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, mix together the coconut, sugar and egg yolks to form a stiff dough. Squeeze into 1 inch balls, and roll each ball in flour to coat. Place on a baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Make an Adire t-shirt
Adire cloth is the traditional cloth Nigerians use for clothing. The pattern on the cloth is created in the same manner as tie-dye. Traditionally, the patterns are white and the fabric is dyed using indigo to create a dark blue color. Use RIT dye in royal blue to tie-die a t-shirt. Prepare the dye as directed on the package. Then use rubber bands to bunch up the shirt and make various patterns. Soak the t-shirt in the dye and rinse.
Find more ideas by going to www.ehow.com.
Read a book about Nigeria
A pourquoi tale from the Bini tribe of Nigeria
This is part of a great series by Ifeoma Onyefulu that focuses on various aspects of Nigerian culture from the perspectives of children.
Pray for the people of Nigeria
To find out about the religious nature of Nigeria and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.
Read a book about Nigeria
Great overview of Nigeria!
Other countries starting with the letter N
Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.
Northern Mariana Islands
Have you visited Nigeria yet?
Ready to visit other countries?
Go to http://iijuan12.hubpages.com/hub/around-the-world-in-26-letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!