Nigerian dating customs

Many of these tradition of courtship have faded and are disappearing in all but the most rural and isolated areas, however the thousands of years and the many generations that these courtship traditions were passed through are instilled deep in their roots.Courtship, or dating, as we know it is a Western tradition is relatively new. Though there is archaeological evidence that societies have been living in Nigeria for more than twenty-five hundred years, the borders of modern Nigeria were not created until the British consolidated their colonial power over the area in 1914.The name Nigeria was suggested by British journalist Flora Shaw in the 1890s.This general lack of Nigerian nationalism coupled with an ever-changing and often ethnically biased national leadership, have led to severe internal ethnic conflicts and a civil war.Today bloody confrontations between or among members of different ethnic groups continue. Nigeria is in West Africa, along the eastern coast of the Gulf of Guinea, and just north of the equator.Unlike most of the Western women who had to fight in order to be allowed to work, the Nigerian women had a far greater economic freedom, which, unfortunately, did not value too much for their life partners or for men in general.Because most of the Nigerian men started to take their wives, mothers and sisters for granted, most Nigerian women either lowered their expectations or began to look for alternatives abroad, eager to get a taste of neutral emotional commitment and fidelity.

Following the country’s colonial past – see History & Politics – the official language is English.

As we look at other cultures around the world, the activities of ritual courtship is unlike anything Western Civilization has known, observed or experience.

The following are excerpts from an in depth treatment on this subject by Yangki Christine Akiteng, a native born African, on the traditional flirtation, seduction and rituals of courtship African style.

Sharia law was introduced into the northern Nigerian states from 2000.

This is a code for how Muslims should lead their lives.

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