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Nigeria - I am by birth a Nigerian; but I have lived in England for more than half of my life. I am thirty-four now; I hope to go back to Nigeria being able to find out more about my culture and beliefs.

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Nigeria I am by birth a Nigerian; but I have lived in England for more than half of my life. I am thirty-four now; I hope to go back to Nigeria being able to find out more about my culture and beliefs. I have planned to travel back to Nigeria by ship, it will take me twenty-eight days approximately to get there, and I'm very curious and looking forward to the journey. It's mid November, ands I will begin my voyage on the second week of December. Sailing the Atlantic Ocean from London to the city of Lagos in Nigeria. On reaching the coast, the first thing I noticed was the sudden change in temperature and a very strong appalling smell of fish, as there were fisher men around the coast selling very big fish to people, it was mid January but the temperature was almost thirty-five degree Celsius, I was red hot. ...read more.

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The next mourning I was woken up by the sunrise; I felt brand new as I had regained my full energy, turning to my left I saw a book ashore and picked it up. I had coconut milk and some coconuts for breakfast, and then I set out exploring to satisfy my curiosity. The book was titled 'Wealth and Culture of Nigeria', from this book, I understood there were three main languages and ethnic groups in Nigeria, the Ibgos, Hausas and Youruba. I discovered I was Yoruba and began to seek out on Yoruba tradition. I travelled to the Youruba land in the western part of Nigeria where I met a kind old woman weaving dried grass in a hut; she sat me down for long hours and told me about Yoruba. The Yoruba claim that they have 401 deities; in truth, there are more deities. The arts of the Yoruba are as numerous as their deities, and many objects are placed on shrines to honor the gods and the ancestors. ...read more.

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I was astonished, as this old woman had read my mind; I thanked her for she had totally solved all my mysteries and given me an in-depth knowledge of whom I really was. Reaching the end of 'Wealth and Culture of Nigeria'; It was concluded that the Yoruba believe that when they die they enter the realm of the ancestors where they still have influence on earth. Maskers (egungun) appear at funerals and are believed to embody the spirit of the deceased person. Other important orishas (gods) include Eshu, the trickster; Shango, the god of thunder; and Ogun, the god of iron and modern technology. I returned to England with thoughts of how complex and diverse the Yoruba culture is. It was seven o'clock on the dot as the loud ringing of my clock awaked me, to find out I was late for work and my long voyage in search of where I come from was only a dream!!!!!!!! Deji Esan GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK ...read more.

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