36 States is a weekly publication offering stories about culture, sports, music, business and politics of Nigeria. The blog aims to take its audience through a discovery of Nigeria through interviews, editorials and historical perspectives.

KAABO, NnO, Maraba...

Kaabo, Nno and Maraba to all of you visiting 36 STATES. 

This is the first official post on the blog and the concept has been on my mind for many years and I recently decided to stop talking about it and just do it. I am excited for you all to follow me on this journey to rediscover Nigeria. 


Independence: October 1, 1960

Located: West Africa

Number of States: 36

Major Languages / Tribe*: Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba

Capital: Abuja

Population: 174,000,000


My name is Femi and I was born in Sango, Otta, Ogun State. My parents are from Oyo State and we are Yoruba.

Growing up in Nigeria I watched very little TV due to power issues but for whatever reason NEPA provided power on Sundays where I would watch several TV shows that dramatized the life of Nigerians. These shows along with the stories passed down by older family members heightened my curiosity and developed my imagination. I have always had a strong affinity for story-telling; and anyone who has ever been around me can attest to this interest.

In 1997, I migrated to Canada with my mother and sister from Nigeria. Twelve years later, in 2009, I visited Nigeria. Upon returning to Canada, I started working at an accounting firm to acquire my CA Designation. Despite being excited for this new stage in my life, there was an urge to tell stories about Nigeria that was both personal and historically significant. Years later, the desire to tell these stories and learn about Nigeria has not subsided.

My goal for 36 STATES is go through the journey of rediscovering Nigeria for myself and others from Nigerian and other nationalities. I want to find out and document about music, sports, politics, culture and the people. The stories that I share on 36 STATES will be those topics that I find interesting, which will be obtained through conversations with the Nigerian Diaspora who lived through the period or have first hand knowledge of the experience.

At the top I said Kaabo, Nno and Maraba; These are the primary ways of saying welcome in Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.