women who can't swim, there's always the running joke that it's due to the fear of messing up our hair.
Now, I just read a New York Times article that talks about studies that showed that "many Africans were avid swimmers when they were brought over as slaves", however "most slaves born in the United States were not allowed to learn to swim because it was a means of escape. That created generations of nonswimmers and spawned the myth that African-Americans could not swim." Imagine that!
Segregation, in the following years, compounded the problem because it meant that blacks were kept out of many pools and beaches.
In Nigeria, this cannot be the reasons that there are relatively few swimmers. Knowing how to swim requires having someone to teach you and ready access to swimmable bodies of water. And when you can't swim, you can't teach your children how to either. When you have fears about swimming, you tend to pass these on to your children.
It's important to learn to swim, as it could potentially save your life one day.