Every year people from different parts of the world come to Canada in search of new opportunities. Most of them plan to stay in Canada. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of Nigerians who have come to Canada. While some of the Nigerians come to work or study, some come as refugees. Although most Nigerians are familiar with English, they will find Canadian life very different from life in their own country.
 Did you know?
Nigeria's population is the largest in Africa.

You may be a volunteer with the HOST program, where you will have the opportunity to meet with people from Nigeria. You may meet newcomers from Nigeria at your work place, school or place of worship. If you have some understanding of the background of these newcomers, you can help them adjust to life in Canada. This cultural profile of Nigeria provides a brief description of various aspects of Nigerian culture.

There are 300 ethnic groups in Nigeria, all with their own languages, dialects and customs. Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life in Nigeria. The culture described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Nigeria.

 Did you know?
The name Nigeria was suggested by the British journalist Flora Shaw. It refers to the Niger River.