Nigeria’s cultural heritage is woven from threads of history and diversity, shaped by its different ethnic polarity. The country has over 500 ethnic groups and 529 languages. The three major ethnic groups are the Hausa-Fulani predominant in the North, the Igbo in the Southeast, and the Yoruba in the Southwest.

Its main Religions are Christianity, Islam and Traditional worship.

Nigeria is famous for her huge population of over 170 million people with male to female ratio at 51%: 49% as at the 1991 census.

Nigerian culture is as multi-ethnic and as diverse as its people and expressed through the different traditional food, attires, languages, music, dance and literature. But what is prevalent in the whole country is its culture of warmth and hospitality.

Art forms include ivory carving, grass weaving, wood carving, pottery, painting, cloth weaving and glass and metal works.

Recent years have seen a rise in popular culture with the Nollywood movie industry, award winning recording artists like D’Banj, P’Square and internationally acclaimed writer Chimamanda Adichie.

Nigeria is a sports loving country and particularly passionate about soccer.


The Embassy wishes to inform you that an administrative charge of a Twenty-Eight Euro (€28) postal order from An Post Ireland made payable to the “Embassy of Nigeria in Ireland" will be applied on each passport application with effective from Monday 20th May 2024. Read more