Nigeria is a country in transition. still clinging to aspects of traditional culture, especially in the rural areas. but decisively influenced and dominated by modem cosmopolitan life and technology. Nigerian children in particular seem to be caught up in a no—win-no—lose situation in
which their hitherto critical literary, cultural and life learning socialization via the folk media has been considerably weakened, whereas the society has not been quite willing or able to adopt the newer, technology—driven media prevalent in the industrialized world. or harness the best of the
two systems to ensure adequate life learning and literacy development children. This study explores existing situations, practices and possibilities. It also points at some definite ways forward in exploiting traditional and modern media for fast and lasting literacy development and life education of Nigerian children.