The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.
Chapter 2: Nigerian Families
Nigeria is a country made up of people of diverse cultures and ethnic nationalities. There are 372 linguistic ethnic groups that make up the country (Otite, 1990). It is therefore obvious that there are numerous family groups within Nigeria. The area now referred to as Nigeria was ceded to Britain during the Berlin Conference of 1884 when African territories were shared out among the colonialists. Nigeria became an entity in 1914 when the former British colony and protectorate of Southern Nigeria was amalgamated with the protectorate of Northern Nigeria.
Nigeria currently has a population of about 120 million people.1 Given this large population and great ethnic and cultural diversity, it is often said that for every five Africans, one is a ...