Culture they say it is the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society, a way of living of a group of people. That goes without saying that there are some traditions that only Nigerians can understand which I'd like you to get to know.
Sunday rice is a weekly fixture in most Nigerian homes. Even if we consume rice almost every other day of the week, Sunday rice is an age long not so traditional tradition that Nigerians have held on to for decades.
Certain people attend ceremonies in Nigeria just to partake in this interesting practice. Be it at weddings, burials, child dedications, and birthdays, people regardless of financial status, spray money on the dance floor. It's a major fun aspect to look out for in Nigerian events. People do this to show how much they appreciate the celebrant and a basic show of flamboyance and affluence. Offense in most part of the world but it's a way of life for Nigerians.
In Nigeria, social etiquette transcends common pleasantries and is actually a statement of respect and upbringing. Several things go into greeting an elder in Nigeria, including ethnic background and gender. For example, certain tribes require a female to kneel on the floor or curtsy to greet an elder, while males are expected to prostrate, squat, or bow completely to the ground. This may seem absurd to a non Nigerian, but its culture to respect elders here in Nigeria.
Right Hand Only
Nigerians see it as a sign of disrespect and disgusting to greet, eat, hand over, or collect things from people with your left hand unless you’re left-handed or have no right arm. And even then, it might be difficult to be granted exemption from the rule. It’s worse when the person you extend your left hand out to is older than you are.
In most part of the world once a couple is engaged, you go on to have an engagement dinner then you get married. Not in a Nigerian setting! There's the mini introduction; here both families meet to date a date for the proper introduction, Engagement ceremony and wedding proper.
• Introduction: this is just an elaborate plot of the mini introduction, but this time there's more food, music and exchange of gift;
• Engagement: This in most Nigerian culture is the most important, here the groom and his family will present a letter that will be read out loud stating their intentions, they come bearing loads of gifts and baskets of fruits and food, also a full box of cloth for the new bride. The groom and his male accomplices then proceed to lay flat on the ground (prostrate) and will only rise after permission from brides parents;
• Wedding: this is the grand reception, today you can have the church or nikkai ceremony then proceed to the party venue to entertain friends and family. Our food, dressing, music, spraying of money and other way of life come out in full force. Because if there's one thing Nigerians love to do, it's to have a good party!