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Benin city is the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. Forested plains and farmland cover most the terrain surrounding the city. The climate is tropical and marked by distinct wet and dry seasons. Benin City is the administrative capital of Edo State and center of Nigeria’s rubber industry. Several prominent schools and universities are also headquartered in Benin City.
Nigeria – Africa’s most populous nation has over 500 languages spoken within its borders. The official languages are English and French, though Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba are also widely spoken. Nigeria is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. The rapid growth presents problems, however, as much of the country’s population does not have access to clean drinking water or sanitary services. Less than 30% of Nigerians attend secondary school. Religiously the country is split almost evenly between Christianity and Islam, with most Muslims located in the north and Christians in the south and central regions. Nigeria has a strong literary tradition, including such authors as Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka and Chichua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart. Nigeria has also been very influential in the development of modern African music, particularly styles such as Highlife, Afrobeat, and Palm Wine music. Nigeria also has a large film industry. Soccer is extremely popular in Nigeria; it is the first African nation to have won the gold medal for soccer in the Olympics. Basketball is also popular. Spicy soups and stews are popular cuisine in Nigeria, though rice- and bean-based dishes are also common. Meat is eaten in most meals, often cooked with chili peppers or other spices. Chin chin and Puff Puff are popular snacks that are similar to donuts.
The Church has achieved rapid congregational growth in Benin City since its initial establishment in the 1980s. Approximately half of Church membership joined the Church within the last decade. Poverty presents many difficulties and challenges for membership to become more self-sufficient.
While yam is staple food source, fish and rich stews (fufu and egusi soup) are also very common. Rice also a common side. People in Benin City eat a lot of fish, shrimps and crayfish, usually dried and smoked. Meat, usually beef or chicken, is normally deep-fried in palm oil before it is added to stews. Fruit such as mangos, pineapples and oranges are widely available in the market. The cultural preference is to eat the fruit as a fruit and not to make a juice with it.
Nigerian roads are not great, but the city is well linked and networked. You will find taxis ready to take you anywhere. Most taxis and buses are painted red on their body and yellow on the roof. There are no standard bus stops in the city so generally when you are in a commercial vehicle that has reached your destination, you would alert the driver by saying “STOP” or “DROP”, and then he will come to a halt. Don’t hesitate to say this as the driver will certainly take you past your destination if you don’t.
Getting around at night time is pretty much the same as getting around during the daytime but keep in mind that some routes become more dangerous at night time. Be skeptical about entering a commercial vehicle at night if it has no passengers. Apart from buses and taxis you can also get around the city with motor bikes.
Benin City is a turbulent city. You must take precautions with all things that you do. Be careful about the places you go and the times you go there. Always take care of your belongings with much care. Take special care to always obey the mission rules.
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