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The official language of Nigeria, English, was chosen to facilitate the cultural and linguistic unity of the country post-colonization by the British.
They are fond of the expression, "When Nigeria sneezes, the rest of the African nations (with the exception of South Africa) catch cold." Extended families are still the norm and are in fact the backbone of the social system.
Due to the ethnic make-up of the country, communication styles vary.
In the southwest, where the people are from the Yoruba tribe, people’s communication employs proverbs, sayings and even songs to enrich the meaning of what they say.
This is especially true when speaking their native language, although many of the same characteristics have been carried into their English language usage.
The Yoruba often use humour to prevent boredom during long meetings or serious discussions.At the same time, there are some Nigerians who are extremely direct communicators and have no difficulty stating what is on their minds.