Before the kids got to enjoy some more time exploring the ins and outs of drones, we learned about Nigeria! Megan, Emerie, and Marshall got to take turns reading about life in Nigeria from All Around the World: Nigeria. While South Africa has Table Mountain, Nigeria has Zuma Rock that is 2,379 feet high. There are two ethnic large groups that live here, one is the Hausa and the other is Yoruba. The Yoruba honors the past through music, art, and festivals.
Fun fact: English is the official language, yet not everyone can speak English.
Since about half the people live in rural areas, many people walk or ride bikes, donkeys, or even camels. Some popular sports are soccer (football), basketball, boxing, wrestling, and track and field events. There are two big festivals in Nigeria! There is a fishing festival called Fashin Ruwa and the other festival is the New Yam Festival. They celebrate the yam harvest, dance, sing, and eat a lot of yams. People often carry foods and other items from the markets in baskets that they balance on their heads. So, the kids got to try walking while balancing a book or two on their heads!
We learned what a coat of arms means. Nigeria has a coat of arms! Check out what each item means below:
Shield: Fertile soil
White Y: Niger River and Benue River
Red flowers: Beauty of the Nation
Country motto: Unity and faith, peace and progress
Lastly, we read Catch that Goat!: A Market Day in Nigeria.