Nigerian culture at the football field
CUE: Nigeria, a country of more than 250 ethnic groups, is a true melting pot of several cultures. As social activities are a reflection of a country’s culture, how is Nigeria’s cultural diversity linked to football? Here is Eden Berhane with various Nigerian’s views.
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LINK 1: In Lagos, Nigeria, everywhere you go the main sporting activity you see is football. Nigeria is an African sport giant, even if its past glory has waned now. Nigerian youths still play football whenever they get a chance, like during their coffee breaks.
Football is popular culture in Nigeria, but what can one see in Nigerian football that is a representation of the national culture? I put this question to Olibu Ifeaye Richard, a lecturer in Sociology at the Nigerian institute of journalism (NIJ) in Lagos:
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“Culture is a composite of dance steps of songs, folklores, dressing. All these are reflected during football competition in Nigeria .The way they sing to encourage the foot ball matches, they way they celebrate, the dressing they puts on, even the way the hair do all are the reflect of the cultural backgrounds of the fans”.
LINK 2: Footballer Sandyago Yade says in football fields we can also observe cultural insights. According to Sandyago football team names by themselves demonstrate Nigerian culture.
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“Eagles stands for strength, in Nigeria we believe u wanna have play football you must have strength because we are born with strength so it’s the name we adopt football by itself the game wants strength. Cuz that’s why in every level teams we adopt the names super eagles, flying eagles and green eagles and so on.”
LINK3: Nigerian football journalist Godwin Enakhena shares Santiago’s views. He says the names of Nigerian teams even reflect their performance.
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“We used to called red devils something like that, there were times our national team called as green eagles, and green means someone who is leaning. Ok, let’s take it to the green eagles but right now I am not sure that if you wanna speak the Nigerians who was the other one were to be super eagles, they have change that name into super chickens. That’s what the Nigerians call them now, because of the performances.”
LINK 4: Godwin adds that the manners, the moves and body language of Nigerian and other African football players represent their cultural backgrounds.
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“If you remember Lumano Lua Lua used to do, Babayaro , Lua Lua was from Congo he is not even from Nigerian , I know Drogba dance as the French do The Ghanaians each time when they score, we saw Roger Mila when he do the Makussa moves so which way you do the dance steps and dos tell the people what back grounds you came.”
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LINK : One way or the other way, social activities including football are a reflection of a country’s culture. According to sociologist, Ifeaye Richard, Nigerian football has blended elements of local customs with foreign influences.
FX: Nigerian football fans song bring up 5’