Find many recommended videos about Nigeria below including:
- Benin Bronzes
- Wole Soyinka Reading a Poem
- Welcome to Nollywood
- How powerful is Nigeria?
- Nigerian History: Journey to Amalgamation
- This Land : Celebrating100 Years of Nigeria (a song)
- Highlife Music
- Juju Music
- Afrobeat Music
- Hip Hop, Pop, R&B and Gospel Music
Teachers and parents, please preview the Afrobeat, hip hop and pop music videos for suitability. Their content is mild but similar to music videos you’d see in the US.
Benin Bronzes History
Wole Soyinka Reading a Poem
Welcome to Nollywood Trailer
How Powerful is Nigeria?
Nigerian History: Journey to Amalgamation
This Land - 100 Years of Nigeria
Highlife Music- Sweet Mother
Highlife Music- Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe
Highlife Music- Flavour
Juju Music - Ebenezer Obey
Juju Music- King Sunny Ade
Afro-juju - Shina Peters
Afrobeat- Fela Kuti
Afrobeat - Fela Kuti
Afrobeat - Femi Kuti
Hip Hop - Wizkid
Hip Hop - Olamide
R & B - Banky W
Hausa Hip Hop- Aboki Party
Classic Pop/ R & B- African Queen
Gospel- Onyeka Onwenu
Pop Music - Fine Lady
Nigerian Pop - D'banj
Pop Music - Chidinma
Learn Nigerian Pidgin
Benin Bronzes HistoryMade by the British Open University, a short introduction to the history behind the Benin Bronzes and their transportation out of Nigeria.
Benin BronzesA brief introduction to Benin Bronzes from the BBC, part of their excellent series, "Lost Kingdoms of Africa," from episode 4 about West Africa.
Wole Soyinka Reading a PoemNobel-prize-winning Nigerian poet and playwright Wole Soyinka reads his poem, "Lost Poems"
Welcome to Nollywood TrailerA trailer to a great documentary about the Nigerian film industry which is called "Welcome to Nollywood"
How Powerful is Nigeria?2 minutes 30 seconds. An introduction to Nigeria's current place in the global community and how quickly it is growing in wealth and population.
Nigerian History: Journey to AmalgamationA 15 minute video made in 2014, for the 100th anniversary of Nigeria being unified as one land. A history of the region from precolonial times up through independence.
This Land - 100 Years of NigeriaA song created in 2014 to celebrate 100 years of Nigeria as a land being united or "amalgamated" as one nation. The music isn't particularly representative of Nigeria but the song does a great job of representing Nigeria's many different ethnic groups and the aspirations of the country to be unified in diversity.
Highlife Music- Sweet Mother"Sweet Mother" by Prince Nica Mbarga is a highlife classic that is in Nigerian Pidgin English. A rough translation of the Pidgin follows: pikin= small child tchop= eat dey= am, are, is, were, did Sweet mother, I won’t forget the way you suffered for me. When I cried, my mother carried me. She asks me, “My child, why do you cry?” She says “Don’t cry! Don’t cry” until I stop crying. When I want to sleep, my mother lays me down and pats my back. She covers me with a cloth and sings me a lullabye, “Sleep, sleep my child.” When I get hungry, my mother would go everywhere until she found me something to eat. When I get really sick, my mother cries. She says she would rather die than me. She begs God, “Oh help me, help my child!” If I don’t sleep, my mother doesn’t sleep. If I don’t eat, my mother doesn’t eat. She never tires. Sweet mother, I’ll never forget how you’ve suffered for me. Men on earth, listen, don’t forget your mother. If you forget your mother, you’ve lost your life.
Highlife Music- Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe"Osondo Owendi" by Chief Stephen Osita Osadebea is a highlife classic from the early 1980’s. The chorus and title mean, “What pleases one man, may not please another.” It goes on to say many things including "When one is happy, another may be sad. Speak bad of no man, as what the mouth speaks reveals a man’s heart. Who is God? No man is above God. Who is to blame? God made us each with a different understanding."
Highlife Music- Flavour"Ada Ada" by Flavour. Modern highlife music. The music video contains scenes from a traditional Igbo wedding.
Juju Music - Ebenezer ObeyClassic Juju song, "Iba Foluwa Ajo-Ajo Kodabi Ile" by Ebenezer Obey. Juju music has "talking drums" and Yoruba rhythms as its base.
Juju Music- King Sunny Ade"Oro Towo Baseti" by King Sunny Ade. Juju music uses the "talking drum" and Yoruba percussion as a base along with electric guitars.
Afro-juju - Shina PetersShina Peters' "Ace" from 1989, a classic
Afrobeat- Fela Kuti"Water No Get Enemy" by Fela Kuti. Afrobeat music mixes jazz, funk, Nigerian highlife and African rhythms. Fela Kuti was the pioneer of Afrobeat music and has become synonymous with it.
Afrobeat - Fela Kuti"Zombie" by Fela Kuti. The song is a slow build, make sure you listen to at least 3 minutes to get to the meat of the song. Actual lyrics don't start until 5:30. "Zombie" is a critique of the Nigerian government and particularly the Nigerian military which Kuti thought blindly followed the orders of a corrupt government like zombies. Afrobeat mixes jazz, funk and Nigerian highlife. Fela Kuti was the creator and pioneer of Afrobeat music.
Afrobeat - Femi Kuti"Truth Don Die" by Femi Kuti
Afrobeat- Wizkid"Jaiye Jaiye" by Wizkid. Featuring Femi Kuti. Rated PG for mildly suggestive dancing toward the end.
Hip Hop - WizkidWizkid's "Pakurumo"
Hip Hop - Olamide"Young Erikina" by Olamide
R & B - Banky W"Yes/ No" by Banky W.
Hausa Hip Hop- Aboki Party"Aboki Party" by Soultan Abdul. "Aboki" means friend in Hausa.
Classic Pop/ R & B- African Queen"African Queen" by 2Face Indibia
Gospel- Onyeka OnwenuOnyeka Onwenu's "Onye Bu Nwannem"
Pop Music - Fine Lady"Fine Lady" by Lynxx
Nigerian Pop - D'banj"Fall in Love"by Dbanj.
Pop Music - Chidinma"Yanga" by Chidinma
Learn Nigerian PidginLearn some basic Nigerian Pidgin phrases and how they are used. Most of the phrases can also be found in the book. The lesson occurs from 1:30- to about 6:30. "Listen well well," then try them out on a Nigerian friend!