GST 112:- Nigerian Peoples and Culture

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. analyse the historical foundation of the Nigerian culture and arts in pre-colonial times;
  2. list and identify the major linguistic groups in Nigeria;
  3. explain the gradual evolution of Nigeria as a political unit;
  4. analyse the concepts of Trade, Economic and Self-reliance status of the Nigerian peoples towards national development;
  5. enumerate the challenges of the Nigerian State towards Nation building
  6. analyse the role of the Judiciary in upholding people’s fundamental rights
  • identify acceptable norms and values of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria; and
  • list and suggest possible solutions to identifiable Nigerian environmental, moral and value problems.
Course Contents

Nigerian history, culture and art up to 1800 (Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo peoples and culture; peoples and culture of the ethnic minority groups). Nigeria under colonial rule (advent of colonial rule in Nigeria; Colonial administration of Nigeria). Evolution of Nigeria as a political unit (amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914; formation of political parties in Nigeria; nationalist movement and struggle for Independence). Nigeria and challenges of nation building (military intervention in Nigerian politics; Nigerian Civil War).

Concept of trade and economics of self- reliance (indigenous trade and market system; indigenous apprenticeship system among Nigeria people; trade, skill acquisition and self-reliance). Social justices and national development (law definition and classification. Judiciary and fundamental rights. Individual, norms and values (basic Nigeria norms and values, patterns of citizenship acquisition; citizenship and civic responsibilities; indigenous languages, usage and development; negative attitudes and conducts. Cultism, kidnapping and other related social vices).

Re-orientation, moral and national values (The 3R’s – Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Re-orientation; Re- orientation strategies: Operation Feed the Nation (OFN), Green Revolution, Austerity Measures, War Against Indiscipline (WAI), War Against Indiscipline and Corruption (WAIC), Mass Mobilisation for Self-Reliance, Social Justice and Economic Recovery (MAMSER), National Orientation Agency (NOA). Current socio-political and cultural developments in Nigeria.