Nigeria & Lagos

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Lagos (Nigeria) is the most populous cityin Nigeria and the second most populous in Africa after Cairo.

The Lagos metropolitan area is currently the 17th most populated in the world. The former capital of Nigeria, Lagos is a huge metropolis which originated on islands such as Lagos Island, separated by creeks, fringing the south-west of Lagos Lagoon near its mouth, protected from the Atlantic Ocean by long sand spits such as Bar Beach which stretch up to 100 km east and west of the mouth.

From this beginning Lagos has spread on the mainland west of the lagoon and the conurbation including Ikeja and Agege now reaches more than 40 km north-west of Lagos Island. With a liveability ranking of 60.1%, The Economist recently ranked Lagos as one of the least livable cities in the world.

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Immunization: Nigerian law requires every tourist to have vaccinations against yellow fever in order to enter the country. This is extremely important since the consequence of not having documented yellow fever vaccinations could lead to a tourist being denied entry at the airport.

Malaria: Nigeria is a tropical country and therefore, it is
necessary to protect yourself against Malaria. The most recommended drug for use
in Nigeria is Chloroquine Phosphate taken once a week. To be started – two weeks
before departure, continued throughout the stay here – until two weeks after
returning.

Time: Nigeria is 1 hour ahead of GMT, meaning that during
daylight savings, it would be 12:00 in London, 1:00 pm in Nigeria and 8:00 am in
New York.

Currency: The Nigerian unit of currency is the Naira, with
notes issued in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Naira denominations. Visitors
may bring unlimited amounts of foreign currency, provided a declaration of such
currency is made to customs. Foreign currency may be changed only at authorized
banks.

Airport Customs: Visitors to Nigeria are allowed 4 ltrs of
Alcoholic Beverage and 200 Cigarettes duty-free. Visitors may export souvenirs,
although some articles (e.g. animals skins and antiques) require an export
permit. Illegal drugs of any description are not allowed into Nigeria. Please
check with a Nigerian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission nearest you for
current information before departure.

Holidays:

  • Jan 01 – New Year’s Day
  • Feb 11,12 – Id-el-Kabir
  • Apr 18 – Good Friday
  • Apr 21 – Easter Monday
  • May 01 – May Day
  • May 13 – Id-el-Maulud
  • Oct 01 – National Day
  • Nov 25,26 – Id-el-Fitri
  • Dec 25 – Christmas
  • Dec 26 – Boxing Day

 

* Exact dates are subject to official notice by the Federal Ministry of Internal
Affairs.

Language: English is the official language of Nigeria and
it’s used at all levels of administration, law, commerce and education. It is
spoken with varying degrees of fluency by 50% of the population, making Nigeria
the largest English Speaking country in Africa. However, there are three major
ethnic languages: Hausa, widely spoken in the north, Yoruba widely spoken in the
West and Ibo widely spoken in the East. Other Languages include Kanuri, Edo,
Ijaw, Tiv, Nupe and many others.

Electricity: Nigeria uses 220 volts, however. A converter is needed for electric
equipment designed for 110 volts.

Banking And Office Hours: There are over 100 commercial and merchants/investment banks with over 1,800 branches through out the country. Banks are open to customers between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Business hours in Government offices are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; in the private sector, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.