5 Things I Learned at the 57th Nigerian Festival

5 Things I Learned at the 57th Nigerian Festival

Strong Family Ties

I noticed a strong commitment for family in the Nigerian Culture. This was my first time in a while observing a fully six to seven member family all in accordance. It was refreshing to see a two parent family with all of their children ranging from the ages of 24 months to 10 years old.

Education is highly valued

According to census data, almost 40% of Nigerian Americans hold bachelor’s degrees, 17% hold master’s degrees, and 4% hold doctorates, more than any other ethnic group in the nation

Throughout the Nigerian festival, education was repeated several times from various speakers. The emphasis on education was strongly expressed and valued throughout the program. The Nigerian culture were taught about the importance of education at an early age.

Deeply rooted culture

Most African cultures are spiritually rooted. During the festival, we were honored to watch a mini documentary on the country of Nigeria. Nigerians are a proud people and they value their homeland, the history of their culture and all natural resources that Nigeria has to offer.

Respectful and Politeness For Elders

While we were enjoying the festivities, a couple of young ladies. Walk over and politely asked if they could sit at the table with us. We said of course, and they thanked us.  I also noticed the two young ladies talking quietly amongst themselves and how well behaved they were. After about thirty minutes toward the end of the program, I finally saw one of the young ladies pull out her cell phone for the first time.

Entreprenuership

During the program, we also observed a couple of speakers expressing hard work ethics and creating your own path to income. A few of the sponsors of the 57th Nigerian Festival were Nigerian entrepreneurs. We were also sitting with an entrepreneur at our table as well. He owned a small insurance company.

After leaving the Nigerian Festival, we were envious of the strong support of Nigerian culture and the importance of education and creating an economy within each family structure. Their discipline and dedication to hard work and perseverance impressed us. Although we don’t see it often, the strong black family is still alive and well. If we took time to look in the right places, we would see it more often than not.

 

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