Social Studies

Contemporary social problems in Nigeria

len Alfred Ajibola - 23rd December, 2022 @ 03:02 PM

Topics in Social Studies

Values and Norms explained What are norms? Types of norms Differences between values and norms How to prevent fraud Types of fraud explained Fraud as a contemporary social problem in Nigeria Explanations on the social problems in Nigeria and their solutions Contemporary social problems in Nigeria What is culture? Components of culture in social studies Child marriage and its consequences Consequences of Female Genital Mutilation What is healthy self-esteem? Characteristics of healthy self-esteem Causes of Environmental Problems Effects and Solutions to Environmental Problems Consequences of drug trafficking and solutions to drug trafficking Drug Trafficking: Reasons for drug trafficking Self-esteem: How to overcome low self-esteem What is low self-esteem? Characteristics of low self-esteem Low self-esteem: Causes of low self-esteem Consequences of Conflicts and Solutions to Conflict

Academic Questions in Social Studies

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Twitter is a part of our social environment.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The following are objectives of social studies except _____.

  • A. It teaches morals and values

  • B. It enables us to better understand our environment

  • C. It creates national consciousness

  • D. It assists in producing upright citizens

  • E. It promotes the military form of government

  • F. It fosters judicious use of resources

Which of the following is not a natural cause of environmental problem?

  • A. Tsunami

  • B. Deforestation

  • C. Earthquake

  • D. Drought

  • E. Hurricane

  • F. Tornado

Conflict can simply be defined as a clash of interest.

  • A. True

  • B. False

_____ refers to a personal reflection of one's overall self worth.

  • A. Integrity

  • B. Reputation

  • C. Personality

  • D. Self-esteem

  • E. Psychoanalysis

  • F. Attributes

A type of marriage whereby a christian man marries a muslim woman is termed _____ marriage.

  • A. Faith

  • B. Religious

  • C. Denominational

  • D. Interfaith

  • E. Intrafaith

  • F. Church-Mosque

_____marriage is said to exist between couples who have lived together for a very long time with no prior form of marriage.

  • A. Open

  • B. Convinience

  • C. Trial

  • D. Left Handed

  • E. Companionate

  • F. Common Law

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The above image is considered a part of harmful traditional practices. The following are similar examples of such practices except _____.

  • A. Sharo

  • B. Wuuse

  • C. Female Genital Mutilation

  • D. Widowhood

  • E. Breast Ironing

  • F. Child Marriage

What are contemporary social problems?

The word 'contemporary' means happenings or occurrences at the present or current time. With regards to this topic, contemporary social problems will refer to the various issues or challenges that are currently happening within a society; and at the same time, adversely affecting a large number of people living in that society.


Narrowing this topic down to Nigeria, contemporary social problems in Nigeria is defined as the various societal vices, issues, challenges, difficulties, obstacles, conundrum or predicament faced by the people living in Nigeria.

You can read on harmful traditional practices in Nigeria here.


The factors attributing to these rampant social problems in Nigeria (as at December 23, 2022) range from the evolution of internet, lack of education, poor infrastructural facilities, urbanization, cultural differences, tribalism and nepotism, insecurity, historical records and most importantly, corruption.


Now, using the evolution of internet (from the above paragraph) as in instance; some young Nigerians are involved in a variety of cybercrimes. Interestingly, cybercrimes have become so popular that the term 'yahoo' had been attributed to it. In fact, there is an advanced version of it called 'yahoo plus'. Therefore, whenever a person is termed as 'yahoo boy' in Nigeria, it simply implies that he is involved in cybercrimes.

Please read on the responsibilities, duties and obligations of a citizen here.


Generally, the various contemporary social issues have made life unsafe, difficult and frustrating to most Nigerians living in Nigeria. Perhaps, this may be the reason why Nigerians are leaving in droves to other countries for greener pastures and better life experiences.


Note: Social problems are encountered by the people through interaction with their environment. Unfortunately, some had committed suicide from the frustration that comes along with these problems.

It is very important to emphasize that suicide is never the answer. Indeed, there is hope in every situation. For this reason, patience is always a great virtue.  

Please read motivation quotes for students here.


Social problems in Nigeria

Below are notable contemporary social problems in Nigeria:

  1. Poverty

  2. Ritual killings

  3. Corruption

  4. Cultism
    Please read on the origin of cultism in Nigeria here.

  5. Unemployment

  6. Oil theft and bunkering

  7. Examination malpractice

  8. Illiteracy
    Please read more on illiteracy here.

  9. Human trafficking

  10. Prostitution

  11. Drug abuse
    Please read on drug abuse here.

  12. Rape

  13. Domestic violence
    You can read on gender equality here.

  14. Tribalism

  15. Ethno-Religious conflicts

  16. HIV and AIDS

  17. Failed marriages
    Please read on the factors that can lead to failed marriages here.

  18. Election rigging

  19. Kidnapping

  20. Sex for grades

  21. Disorderliness and Thuggery
    Please read the concept of orderliness here.

  22. Fraud

  23. Terrorism and Banditry

  24. Substandard and Fake Drugs

Please read the detailed explanations on these social problems in Nigeria here.

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Amazing facts in Social Studies

Statue of Unity - Len Academy

The Statue of Unity in Gujarat, India, is the tallest statue in the world. It stands at 182 meters (579 feet)

2.7 Billion Dollars was realized from the movie - Avengers: Endgame. This makes it the top-grossing film of all time

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The world’s oldest known work of art was discovered by scientists in 2019 on an Indonesian island named Sulawesi. This work of art was created 44,000 years ago, and it shows paintings of three Sulawesi pigs

68% of households in New Zealand have a pet, and this is more than any other nation or country in the world

According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of people alive today represents about 7% of the total number of humans who have ever lived.

Yahoo is an acronym for: 'Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle'

Ashrita Furman holds the world record for the holder of the most world records. He had set over 600 records and currently holds more than 200 world records

As at 2023, France remains the most visited country (with about 90 million visitors), followed by Spain (83.7 million). Next is the United States of America (79.3 million)

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Some car license plates in the Northwest Territories of Canada are shaped like a polar bear

The Library of Congress located in Washington D.C, America is the world's largest library. It contains over 162 million items in more than 450 languages.

The British Library (with over 150 million items) comes second, followed by the Library and Archives Canada with 54 million items (third), the New York Public Library with 53.1 million items (fourth), and the Russian State Library with 44.4 million items (fifth)

Notable points in Social Studies

Social Studies is defined as an integrated study on the interaction of human beings with their physical and social environments.

We can think of our environment as everything that surrounds us at any point in time. For instance, the soil, air, your clothes, phone and everything surrounding you right now are all part of your environment. (That is, they make up your environment).

Physical environment describes every visible thing around us. It could be water, air, soil, clothes, phones or all other things found around us.

Social environment on the other hand describes the various social roles or positions that influence an individual or a group. It is represented in our culture, norms, values, the people and various institutions with whom we interact with. Meanwhile, understand that social media applications like facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube and the likes present a social environment where people can interact with one another regardless their geographical location around the world.

Please read on the meaning and objectives of social studies here

The causes of environmental problems can be either natural or man-made.

Natural causes of environmental problems will include the followings:

  • Erosion

  • Earthquakes

  • Drought

  • Tsunami

  • Tornadoes

  • Hurricanes

Some of the man-made causes of environmental problems are:

  • Pollution

  • Ozone layer depletion

  • Deforestation

  • Uncontrolled urbanization

  • Increased turnout of waste

  • Flooding

Environmental problems can be defined as problems associated with the lithosphere (land), atmosphere (air) and hydrosphere (water) as a result of man's action on earth.

Below are some of the constituents that make up our environment. These constituents may in turn act as factors that bring about environmental problems. They include:

  • Air or Atmosphere

  • Soil

  • Water

  • Bacteria

  • The people around us

  • The animals around us

  • The things around us. For instance, books, food, shoes, phones and so on.

Please read more on environmental problems here.

The following proactive processes can help reduce conflict in various organizations:

  1. Communication

  2. Set conflict guidelines

  3. Encourage collaboration and teamwork

  4. Proper recruitment process

  5. Promote social events

  6. Applying fair treatment

  7. Listening and understanding skills

  8. Private opinion and feedback from staff

  9. Gender equality

Please read more on conflict management in organizations here