Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 21: Africa South of the Sahara Today

Web Activity Lesson Plans

"Facts About Nigeria"

In this chapter, students learned that Nigeria is among the largest, most populous countries in all of Africa. With its many millions of people and growing economy, Nigeria is trying hard to modernize and to unite its varied peoples. In this activity, students will examine a number of additional facts about the country of Nigeria.

Lesson Description
Students will examine a Web site that provides various facts about the country of Nigeria, its peoples, and its accomplishments. After they read the Web site, students will answer several questions and then research and create a facts sheet for another country from Africa south of the Sahara. Before students begin, discuss what they have learned about the country of Nigeria and how it is similar to and different from other countries in the region.

Instructional Objectives

  1. The learner will examine and recognize the significance of a varied set of facts about Nigeria.
  2. The learner will research and create a facts sheet containing pertinent and interesting details related to a country from Africa south of the Sahara.

Student Web Activity Answers

  1. 36 states and 1 territory
  2. The white part of the flag symbolizes peace and unity; the green parts symbolize the country’s vast agricultural wealth.
  3. Nigeria adopted a 6-3-3-4 educational policy. This means six years of primary school, three years of junior secondary school, three years of senior secondary school, and four years of university. Nigeria hopes to eradicate illiteracy as quickly as possible.
  4. In recent years, Nigeria has made deliberate attempts to concentrate on agriculture and encourage manufacturing. The government has assisted farmers and hopes to cut food imports. Policies are also encouraging foreign participation in manufacturing.
  5. Students’ fact sheets will vary depending on the country chosen.

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