Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Nigeria (Nigeria)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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map of Nigeria

Flag: World flag database.
Map: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: Flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. This is sometimes obvious by what country the link is for or the fact that the title is in English. If I feel it may be ambiguous, I have tried to clarify by using a flag. This is done so that people can read sites in the language of their choice.

Anthony S. Macaulay (Associated with the Wesley School For The Deaf).

Brotherhood Society of the Deaf.


Eleweke, C. J. & M. Rodda. (24-28 July 2000). Enhancing inclusive education in developing countries.

Government action on disability policy: A global survey, Part II - Government replies as country profiles, Nigeria.

Hausa Sign Language: A language of Nigeria.

-->International bibliography of sign language. --> Click on "N", then on "Nigerian Sign Language".

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.

Monaghan, L, Nakamura, K., Schmaling, C. & Turner, G. H. (Eds.) (May 2003). Many ways to be Deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Twenty-four international scholars have contributed their findings from studying Deaf communities in Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Russia, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Nicaragua, and the United States. Sixteen chapters consider the various antecedents of each country1s native signed language, taking into account the historical background for their development and also the effects of foreign influences and changes in philosophies by the larger, dominant hearing societies. ISBN 1-56368-135-8

Nigerian National Association of the Deaf.

Nigerian Sign Language: A language of Nigeria.

Parker, R. A tailor-made vocation. Since Matthew's father is a tailor, Matthew had learned the basics of sewing when he was 12 years old. For the past two years, Matthew has been a part of our Family Care course at his school, where he receives free vocational training as a tailor. He has learned how to make clothes for himself, as well as children's clothes which are distributed to families in the local area.

Shettle, A. (2004, Spring). Deaf Children with Additional Disabilities in Developing Countries, Nigeria.

Togonu-Bickersteth, F. & Odebiyi, A.I. (1985). Prior contacts and perception of the deaf by the non-deaf in Nigeria.

World Around You. (January-February 1999). A deaf soldier comes in from the war.

World Deaf directory - Nigeria.

World Federation of the Deaf membership information: Nigeria National Association of the Deaf (NNAD). Contact info only. Click on "N-R" and scroll down to the country name.