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The most populous country in Africa is celebrating its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo. More than 250 ethnic groups live in Nigeria. And the pavilion displays how cities with different cultures, races and cultural heritage share a common prosperity and harmony.
Outer walls of the pavilion resemble Zuma Rock, one of the seven wonders of Africa and so-called gate to the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The pavilion adopts the color of its national flag and waiting hall takes the shape of palm trees to reshape the natural scenery of Nigeria.
|Nigeria is celebrating its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo.|
Stretching 920 thousand kilometers in the southeast part of West Africa, Nigeria has an extensive history. Archaeological evidence shows that human habitation of the area dates back to at least 9,000 BC. The country was invaded by Portugal in the 15th century and was a British colony in 1914. Nigeria gained its independence in 1960 and established diplomatic relations with China on February the 10th, 1971.
The Pavilion is divided into three parts. Nigerian cultural traditions are displayed through multimedia in the "Scenery of the West African Coast" section. "A Peaceful Country on the Rise" presents a diversified Nigeria, with information provided through e-maps and e-books. Huge screens and sandboxes together present Nigeria in the present and forecast its future. Nigerian products and delicacies are also available in the business section.