Culturally Informed Sport Psychology Practice: Nigeria in Perspective

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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Philomena B. IkulayoUniversity of Lagos, Nigeria

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Johnson A. SemidaraUniversity of Lagos, Nigeria

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This article discusses unorthodox sport psychology practices typical with Nigerian athletes, which differ from Western mainstream practice models. These practices are specific Nigerian cultural approaches to sport psychology and are based on two broad types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. The intrinsic aspects include prayers, chanting of songs, verbalization of incantations, psyching verses, and juju and spirits in motivational processes. The extrinsic strategies include praise singing, audience verbalization, drumming effects, persistent silent audiences’ effects, and presence of important persons as spectators or part of the audience. The article concludes with the hope that some of these unique practice strategies will be further researched and will be viable for adoption by athletes in other nations of the world who believe in their power so that multicultural practices can help advance the field of sport psychology.

The authors are with the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria.

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