GST 112: Nigerian Peoples and Culture

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

  • analyse the historical foundation of the Nigerian culture and arts in pre-colonial times;
  • list and identify the major linguistic groups in Nigeria;
  • explain the gradual evolution of Nigeria as a political unit;
  • analyse the concepts of Trade, Economic and Self-reliance status of the Nigerian peoples
    towards national development;
  • 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
  • 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 ofcolonial 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 selfreliance (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 3Rs – Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Re-orientation; Reorientation 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.