Nigeria is a large country on the west coast of Africa. English is the predominant language of Nigeria and up to 480 tribal languages are spoken. However, almost all Nigerians understand and speak English fluently.
The official language of Nigeria is English. Nigerians also have their own form of English, Pidgin English. There are up to 200 languages and 426 dialects spoken in the country as a whole. The literacy rate is very high. Voice tones are an important aspect of communication. Voices are often raised but it does not necessarily mean that people are angry
The northern region of Nigeria is predominantly Muslim; the southern and eastern regions comprise of a combination of Muslims, Christians and other religions. This has led to much tension and has been the cause of many Nigerians fleeing their country.
Lifestyle, Customs and Practices
It is not uncommon in Nigerian society for men to have more than one wife. Nigerian women often prefer their husbands to speak as the head of the household. Gardaí making enquiries should if possible, address the male head of the household before attempting to interview a female member of the family.