A Nigerian Market. Photo by Shawn Leishman.

YES Students

All students from Nigeria are Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program scholarship winners. Click here to learn more about the YES Program.

Country Information

Nigeria is a destination with world famous beaches and other natural wonders. There are sights to see throughout the country that have been untouched and have had few visitors. It is a country that has successfully become modern while keeping and cherishing the old.

Lifestyle and Family

Families tend to be very large in Nigeria. Muslim men are allowed to have up to four wives. Christian families only have one mother and father. The father and mother(s) sometimes all work outside the house. The household duties are equally shared by the entire family. The children are expected to have more responsibilities as they get older, including the task of taking care of the parents when they are older.

Teen Life and Sports

Since the Nigerian soccer team won the 1996 Olympic Games soccer has become the country’s favorite sport. There are other sports played like cricket, polo, and wrestling, but they are not as popular as soccer. For leisure Nigerians watch movies and television, sometimes go to a café to socialize.


The staple foods of the entire country are yams and rice. The rest of the foods depend on what region of the country and ethnic group the people belong to. Someone might cook spicy food and or use a lot of diary, depending on where they are from.

Language and Religion

There are over 240 languages in Nigeria. English is considered the official language and is used by the government. However, there is more than half the population that does not understand or speak English. The north of Nigeria is Muslim and the south is Christian.

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