GST 112: Nigeria 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 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
6. list and suggest possible solutions to identifiable Nigerian environmental, moral and value

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 selfreliance). 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 and
austerity measures. War against indiscipline (WAI). War against indiscipline and corruption
(WAIC). Mass mobilization for self-reliance, social justice and economic recovery (MAMSER).
National orientation agency (NOA). Current socio-political and cultural developments in Nigeria.