Is Nigeria somewhere to visit as a tourist?



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    One thing you should all know is that Nigerians dont have those English scam names you all do mention!!!! So just know if the name is not African he's not Nigerian. And you need verify who you chatting with always ask for video chat on skype!!!!!. And Nigeria isn't as filty as people say. Everywhere in the world there is a ghetto!! I've travelled well enough to say this. If you go to Nigeria stay in the big cities as a newbie. Lagos stay in Victoria Island/Lekki ,and maybe Ikeja GRA abuja same thing. Stay away from places where the poverty levels are high. Poverty = robbery, theft, scam anywhere in the world. TIll you are comfortable stay in the big cities and places that are more safe. Dont go into small towns and remote places with less civilization. Its a country with 140million people. And I think only 20million of them uses the internet and maybe 100k uses for scam; fucking the rest 19.9million up. lol There are people in nigeria that dont even know about the scams. lol I bet 40% of the population are illiterates.
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    @ Simo21
    Are you back from Nigeria ????
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    Nigeria is not bad as you people think because am from Nigeria. but the only thing I can say is this, there many scammers here using email like, dating, promising big money, lotto winnings,even if you receive an email from UK lottery, just know that the person is from Nigeria. nigeria has changed from bad to good now not as bad as before.

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    What I hear so far is unbelievable. The company I work for undertook a project in Nigeria in 3 different cities. Neither of these cities are Abuja nor Lagos. Probably smaller cities that are heavily industrialized. My father has been there 15 years ago and explained to me that they needed security gun-men all the way from the airport to their hotel.

    Many times he was offered prostitutes either women or smaller children. He told me once that he asked for a 3 year old girl and the man said that he has available one.

    They do whatever for money. My father got freaked out. I remember that he came back half the weight he was before because he detested the non-hygienic kitchen and food. Although the money is very good you have to sacrifice yourself for a few months there and try to switch your brain to OFF function in order to be able to survive what you are about to see.

    What I say is not my experience but it's my father's experience who lived and worked there for 5 months. So what I tell you is 100% genuine.

    Now it's my time to go there and my father explained to me that things are better for food and hotels there but I can't. The money is very good but I decided not to go there. I am very scared that my mind is not going to discard what I am going to see there and somehow I will be affected by it.

    Then all these medicines to go there ! NO way man ! I have no job and I am looking for a job. I am being offered really good money in Nigeria but I am going to say no. I don't want to be ungrateful especially in these days and in this economy but at least I will not go to Nigeria ! I promise !

    That's it for me. I want to state that I am not American and Not English or Australian. Non-English. I am European and quite close to Africa.
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    WOW on all this comments. i am Nigerian and wondering where i live right now because this stories are fabulous. There is plenty of bullshit here but @ Dakar yours takes the cake! Your father is crazy enough we dont need you adding to him so stay in your european country close to africa. 3 year old wtf!
    What annoys me most about all these is how nigerians are always going out of their way to be nice to foreigners. apart from the desperate love seekers who get scammed every other person who gets scammed does so out of greed. 3 years ago an american got scammed of 480k dollars as part payment for acquiring the nigerian national petroleum company NNPC after laughing off my head i wondered if national companies in US are for sale and to foreigners. Are you coming to nigeria alone? best bet is stay at a pricey hotel and get the hotel to find you a tour guide first few days then decide if u want to run back or stay some more because if you listen to these stories you will become as confused as i have become even though i live right here in abuja.
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    Hi guys,
    I am an Indian and i have been asked by my company to visit Lagos for 3 months. I will be traveling alone there. Most probably my company will arrange for a driver at the airport and a guesthouse as well.. Please tell me if Lagos is safe for Indians? I have heard some horrifying stories about the airport itself. What precautions should i take at the airport, considering i am alone and will be traveling there for the first time..
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    Hi it has been intersting to read these comments. Much the same have a guy who after 5 mins on line loves me and wants to marry me. Would love me to go over or as I said i doubt it he then said to have a invite letter and with my help he would come over here to Australia.............
    Now i don't trust men i meet here so no way am I going to trust men from Nigeria.
    I would love to know what happened to some of these people with stories above did you go over and what happend...
    There is a book called " I did not come to you by chance". It is written by a guy that scams others. I would love to read it BUT i don't want to buy the book just seems another way but at least honest way of scamming money from me..............
    So would love to hear the end or the start of a new begining of stories on here.
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    Roxy, would love to know did you ever go to Nigeria and did your guy turn out ok? :-)
    Am very curious to know what happened.
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    hi i am a polish girl that visit Nigeria a view months ago i've been to lagos, Enugu, Onitsha and Abakaliki, i've stayed there for one month and i have enjoyed it a lot. i have red all the stories that some where writting and i just laugh cos Nigeria is certainly not so dangerous, u surely have to watch out who ur talking to and where u go but it is like in other countries in Europe or America! the weather was hot but after three days u get use to it and it feels a bit cooler, mosquitos r bitting in Lagos the most and the funny thing is u cant even see them.

    i never ve'been to Nigeria before it was my first time and i was also kind of scarred cos all those stories but belive me if u r not looking for any trobles, trouble will also not find u, all this time i had one expirrience with traveling, on my way to the East of the country armed robbrers attack the bus in front of us and it is true that it happen a quite lot on the highways but less in the day time, dont dare to travell in the night!!!!!! i went to Nigeria alone with my two years old doughter and also she didnt have any problems with adjusting to the weather or people. everybody there is very kind and ready to help u unlike in Europe, everywhere u go u hear people calling u Onyiocha or Oibo whitch means " white person", i learned to reply " baba dudu" mean black person in yoruba language cos yorubas r most tribe in Lagos and they liked it a lot when i was saying that, cos that meant that i asociated with them.when u go to the markets they want u to come and see their shops offering u all the goods that they r selling and also one tip about buying anything there:ask first friends if u have ones over there to tell u the prices cos u will never buy at the normal rate, the price will b always 3x higher than ussual so always price with them which they like it also!

    It is also true that there is a lot of dust and garbagge dumped on the streets but common! u r not going there to remember only garbagge and bad smell, there is soooooooo many lovelly places that r clean and colorful, flowers in the gazons that u will forget imidietly the other side of this country.Thats the beauty of africa it has so many diffrent faces!!!!

    if comes to money just watch ur bag or wallet and thats it! no further instructions...cos nobody is searching u on the streets, i had personally all my money always with me and i felt totally safe

    Nigeria is the country to see for sure and i hope that i will go back there again cos i didnt see half of what i wanted! and i didnt get any HIV or other disease so it is SAFE for any Non african citizen....

    Anybody who will want to go Nija in future i would say dont wait any longer it worth to see the beauty of this country and kindness of the people!!!!
  • Hi @agga23,
    I am trilled to read your exciting experience during your visit to Nigeria.
    The Amazing thing to note is, reading comments from those who know little or nothing about this West African country.
    I am a tour operator based in the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria called Lagos.

    I quite agree with you about the many faces of Africa but, one thing is sure, critics will be disappointed to see the opposite of the negative comments posted.

    first time travellers to any country should seek the help of Local tour companies to handle your trip needs if need be i.e meet and assist at the airport , airport transfers, hotel/apartment booking, guided tour etc. You can however travel to Nigeria independently and observing the basic travel precaution is essential to enjoying your trip.

    Experience Nigeria, Good People, Great Nation
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    It is definitely safer to live in Lagos than in SouthWest London. If you think you do not like the busy and hustling life in Lagos, then try Calabar. The people are nice in calabar and the city was developed with tourism in mind.
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    Agga I was wondering if you could tell me about your experience in Abakaliki specifically? How was it there in terms of hospitality and general safety? AM interested as meant to be travelling there in next few months will be my first time to Nigeria and I will also have my young daughter with me (and my husband who is from there originally).
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    Hi I am planning on visiting nigeria, lagos in july, I am currently looking for a flight out of New York does anyone have any suggestions on what is the best airline to use. Arik is the only direct flight and that takes 11 hours. There are several airlines that go to nigeria but they all makes stops. Please Help I am ready to book my flight! Thanks!
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    No Nigeria is not a Tourist desenation

    Very far from it

    Please note that people with breathing problems should (unless need to) not come here

    The air quality is very very poor.

    Most westerns do not remember dates of vacciation but if coming here please remember the date of your yellow fever injection ask customs here can as anything.

    Will post more later on my return home from Nigeria

    Please keep eye open for new discussion


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    Ive just returned from a visit to Lagos and if I will be honest it is a bad place but not as bad as media will make you believe. If you have the right people to take care of you and don't flash to much in public, you'll probably be fine. It is strongly advised to have someone waiting for you in the airport. Your first experience with this city might be shocking which will make you a easy target for scams and thieves which might just wear a uniform. Don't trust anyone you don't know but try to stay polite at all times. Heavily guarded escort is the fastest way to get thru the chaotic traffic in the
    evening. Traffic jams will get you jammed for hours and hours while the crazy traffic passes by from all sides around you. At the same time it is not the safest way, it attracts the attention of real gangsters and will look at you as a valuable kidnapping target. I wouldnt advise to go out on the streets by yourself either if you are not familiair with the place is not a good thing to do, especially not after dark set in. Just keep it average and have someone reliable and known with the place pick you up, that will pretty much be the person you will be depending on during your entire stay in Lagos.
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    Lagos is a great place to visit. Great nightlife, great clubs, hip, well-educated, ambitious people. To get the most out of this unique city, stay on 'the island' - the other half of the city which is really upmarket with world class hotels, clubs, tourist resorts, and first class residences. All the better if you have a Nigerian friend to take you around. You'll have an absolute blast.
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    hi Ross

    You must have love this Great nite life full of girls willing to sell them self for what every they can get

    As a female there night life is not to brag about girls as youngs a eight in these nite clubs

    I would not recommend that Lagos as a great place to visit


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    Hi,I would like to visit Lagos as a tourist.I would be alone,female & white.Do you think that will put me in any danger ?????
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    Most of these comments seem to be made by people that have never visited Lagos! LOL!

    Like all cities in the world there will be pros & cons!

    I am 23years old born and raised in London. I first went to Nigeria in 2008 with my mum because I was misbehaving at school. Rather than a punishment this turned out to be the best holiday ever. I stayed at Porthacourt with family and had the time of my life.

    In April 2011 I visited Lagos for the first time. I went with a group of girls but to be honest I kept to myself, met new people and did my own thing.

    I stayed at a hotel called Aries Suite located at Osbourne Estate Ikoyi the hotel was gorgeous. I met a few cousins and we spent our days chilling by the pool then went out for dinner or lunch at Radisson Blu and spent the evening either at a club or at an event LAGOS NEVER SLEEPS

    I was so sad when I came back from London so when I got my next student loan instalment I booked my ticket and went with my sister and best friend. We stayed for 5 weeks at a hotel called Manyxville located at Lekki phase 1. Honestly this was the best Christmas ever we had so much fun. Every evening we'd get back to the hotel and gist about the day. We even went to protest during the subsidy crisis and I remember calling my mum in London to tell her and she cussed us to go back to the hotel LOL!

    I have since returned to Nigeria 4 times this year on my own. Like seriously all this street wise thing that goes for all cities. I personally don't club anymore I am actually setting up my own business which is going so well and I have met amazing people. I love Nigeria and I cannot wait to finish my degree and get back to Nigeria.

    Polluted air? LMAO at least our government aren't participating in chemical trials! (Please google)

    Travel with security?! You might aswel wear a sticker on your head that says 'hey I'm important Rob me!'

    Airport issues? LOL the only issues I have ever experienced at Lagos airport is waiting 1hour for my luggage but they are currently renovating the airport.

    Don't travel late at night unless you are with a group of people you can trust.

    To be honest I wouldn't do what I don't do in London in Nigeria. I won''t travel late at night or even get on a night bus. I won't trust or follow random people, I wouldn't go clubbing on my own.

    Just go to Nigera and be nice, kind and polite. See nigeria for yourself. My white sisters don't go and fall in love and keep your pants on LOL! Don't put yourself in an awkward situation. Book your hotel from here, make sure you have money and to be honest if you are going for the first time go with someone. Plan your trip get the hotel to arrange a tour guide.

    It doesn't matter where you go in the world it is God that protects. So pray before you leave the house/hotel :-)

    Checkout my website like I said I went to Nigeria and was inspired to do something big! I will forever Nigeria.

    If I had money I would be there now. Who wants to pay for me LOL if you'd like to work on my show check my site and sign up! You'd be required to live and work in Lagos for a month!

    @Angeleyess I don't believe you have ever been to Nigeria talk less of Lagos. You will never see a young girl of eight lol at a club. I went to every club on the island and never ever saw young children especially as thier are huge bouncers at the door! Who would let them in? Most people drive or have a driver what reasonable person would drop a child to a club. Please don't rubbish my country and stop with the lies. Where is the proof? If you saw this why did you not take a picture and blog about it or report it to the blogs such as Linda Ikeji or Bella Naija?
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    tell me some thing can you com to lagos as a visitor on your own and go to visit the SCOAN TB Joshua church. i see where you have to apply on line. whats the deal with that. can any 1 advise. i want my husband my 5 & 8 year old kids to travel with me as well.

    blessed love.
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    going to Nigeria in october.

    i've never been there, but for my experience in consiedred "dangerous" countires (just to say a few countires, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Timor Leste and in Africa only Mozambique), there is a lot of sensacionalism and too much alarm for not so much. Be awere of advices related to crime, scams and terrorism. But also be awere that the chance of something happen, if you take some basic cares, though not impossible, it is low. But of course everybody has your own idea about whats a safe country. I'am from Brazil, for examle, and I live in Rio. I believe it'd ridiculous for me to considere Nigeria a more dangerous place...

    Malaria is a real problem, though - just after the rain saeson even worse.

    Good Luck, i guess it's an amazing country
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    Hi I am a guest user, Just call me Michael. I own a US Based consultation group that sells and sets up video game stores. I have a potential client that is currently in the US but is obviously well connected in Nigeria, that is interested in setting up a store with my company. The deal, once executed (we will only pull the trigger once paid up front in every situation, even domestic) would require my business partner and I to travel to lagos for 3 weeks. We are both, White American males. I am well traveled (japan, hong kong, philippines, guam i know i know guam is an american territory but hey.. i have been there) but never to Africa. I consider myself to be intelligent, as well as my partner, and naivety is not in our creed. However I have heard that Nigeria can be daunting for even the most experienced traveler. At this point I am trying to decide whether to green light this account and seal the deal or not. My business partner is going to do whatever I decide and I would hate to be responsible for two interruptions of likelihood.

    I love to travel and I almost never stay in the "secure" areas when abroad however I hear that in Nigeria I may want to just stick to business. Our Client is saying we will stay in Lagos in a secured home and have a driver to get back and forth to the site. I successfully navigated corruption in the philippines and am familiar with bribes as far as customs, cops and councilmen when setting up business there, I am not as worried about this and understand that it is sometimes just the cost of doing business internationaly. I fear a situation where I am held to try and negotiate terms with someone from my country for release. If any of you could provide insights I would be appreciative. I of course will make the decision based on much research.

    This account appears to be a lucrative one, and it is attractive to me because I am the forever businessman, and I have an infinate love for travel. but no amount of money, or trip is worth a situation in which a place my business partner who trusts me in jeapordy, much less myself.

    thanks in advance for any advise offered.
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    Americans should not be pointing fingers at Nigeria at all. If you're American, shut the hell up about crimes because the USA is the second most dangerous country in the world after South Africa. Rape, Child rapes, murders, robbery and all sorts of crimes that are not committed in other parts of the world are found in the USA plus the Whites in America are racist as heck. They're the most vile, nastiest people you can ever meet. Just look at how they treat Blacks and especially Obama. Nigeria is a safe place. I'm Nigerian and lived in the US for 15 years before I packed my bags and moved. The racism I experienced is one I will never forget. These people are nasty so if you're American, don't even dare complain about Nigeria. Compared to your country, Nigeria is very safe and at least our people are much nicer!!! Nigerians, beware of Whites moving to our country. Remember how they screwed us over for over 400 years. They enslaved our people, raped our children, stole our treasures and then blamed us for their evil atrocities. We have to work together because they're now broke in their countries and will be coming back to Africa to steal more. Charity begins at home. We have to build our Nation and keep out these racist thieves.
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    Hi everyone, I'm a good citizen of my. Country Nigeria, I'm very happy to read the comments of those that have been to Nigeria for one purpose or the other, I really appreciate it all but its good to sometimes to say the truth about what one must have witness than to tell lies and condemn what one did not witness. To the lovely people out there who wish to come to Nigeria for business or tourism, Nigeria is very Ok so far you have your money and make sure you get your self a very nice hotel for sometimes to study the environment. I promise you will love it because we Nigerians we always appreciate having visitors in our midst especially the WHITE. But please avoid travelling to the Northern region of Nigeria and avoid talking to strangers on the street. Thank you all with beautiful comment about Nigeria. The issue about scamming online is real but its about 10% of nigerians that do scam people for money while 50% are illiterate that even find it difficult to operate their mobile phone and the remaining 40% are innocent struggling to have a good life. The issue of Nigeria guy getting married to a white woman is not all because of money or something, it all depends on what one want for him or her selves its all about decision and love but my advise is this please know who you are dealing with and try to test the person several times to know his or her intentions. But for me personally I LOVE WHITE ladies and I pray God give me one to marry. May God Bless those White ladies that have married to Nigerian guys without discriminating, God Bless Your Marriage.........................I'm looking forward to have my own White lady to marry someday.
  • Nigeria is perfectly safe for travel . Nigeria is very peaceful, accommodating and fun-filled place. . .

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    Nigerians, love us or
    hate us - we remain good people, a great nation! You can talk about
    being scammed from now until tomorrow; I would not be convinced you did not
    fall for it due to your own greed. Yes, but do not get me wrong, am not
    supporting the scammers and I do sympathize with their victims.

    Know that these scammers are
    very few and the society hate them for what they are doing. Just imagine how
    many people they are capable of reaching with their phony stories,
    and as long as people continue to fall for it, you make it good business for
    them. To those of you who think every Nigerian is a fraudster, well, you
    will always have a reason to doubt, I can only hope you meet a Nigerian that
    will change your perception. However, it might interest you to know there is a
    new trend. Scammers from other part of the continent are pretending to be Nigerians;
    this may be hard to prove especially when every 1 out of 4 black person is a Nigerian. When found-out, they simply claim to be
    Nigerian to divert attention away from their home country. You can tell
    from their accent and I have seen many such on Int'l news. I understand this is hard to swallow especially the victims but it’s a fact! 

    Nigerian guys are fantastic and many
    are genuinely looking for love online. If you are lucky to meet a good one, you
    will not regret it. However, there are a few bad eggs out there, please be
    careful. When someone starts loving you too fast, use your head. Try as much as
    possible to know you are dealing with an honest person, do your due diligence,
    ask personal information, don't reveal yourself too soon. A real person
    will have a life no matter how lowly his background so demand to know
    more, if they hold back, use your head. Most of them have fake
    facebook profile, usually recently opened, scanty personal information, showing
    and tell very little about them i.e. work, family etc. They will usually ask you
    to come and chat with them on messenger. You can tell their friends have no
    real connections to them, most added them innocently. You will learn more if
    you take time to check their timeline. This is not foolproof,
    but it should help. 

    To those who found business
    opportunities in Nigeria and are hesitating, well, Nigeria remain one of the
    best destination in terms of ROI. Know that the list of firms that have failed
    to make the first move into country and are now regretting it is
    growing. They now face huge barrier to entering the same market they
    rejected. One of the giant UK firm is a good example, it
    only succeeded recently by managing to acquire a smaller firm when it should be ruling the market considering its size and
    global presence. If you are a businessperson, you will understand that
    ''the higher the risk the higher the return.'' You can come up 1001 reasons you
    should not come to Nigeria but what you should ask yourself is why most
    multinationals have not left the country despite all the kidnapping? Nigeria
    has 36 States and most are peaceful. However, you will need to be careful
    in places like Jos-Plateau, Bauchi, Yobe and Maiduguri. The Niger-Delta, which
    has been a hotbed of kidnapping, has also become very peaceful. The locals are
    now being involved in the policing of the communities so security situation has

    Lagos, Abuja, Calabar and many other cities
    are peaceful with many tourist attractions. If you have a good guide to show you around, you will never
    be in trouble. Just ensure yours is reputable, traceable and agree expectations beforehand
    so there are no disappointments. The same applies to job seekers, there is a
    growing expert community in Nigeria, and they usually live together. Your
    employer will usually provide accommodation for you in these
    communities. As an expatriate you will enjoy a car, driver, steward,
    security among other benefits on top of this you have a minimum 30% tax free
    allowance, so the choice is yours. The temperature is averagely between 29
    - 32
    oC, rainfall peaks in July - August but mostly, its summer!
    There is plenty to do, many places to see, shop and hang out, there is
    never a dull moment if you are willing to explore. 

    Despite all the bad news, Nigeria remains
    a place to visit and continue to attract many. A land of opportunities and
    exuberant people. You will need to see things for yourself and form your own
    opinion. Although, governance is poor, the people are great and welcoming. The
    extreme security concern may be due to all the negative things you have heard,
    so come with an open mind and do not move around looking scared! Also, don't
    get confined to your hotel room as this would make life a living hell. Move out
    with your guide, don't forget to visit the open market and haggle with the
    market people. Enjoy your trip and make the best of it, no dull moments!

  • Please see all other warnings about Nigeria


    but if you go be prepared to be ripped off!!!

  • I lived in U.K. for more than 2 decades, before coming to Nigeria.

    @Angeleyess. I agree with one poster said your impression of Nigeria is a very negative and i am afraid some of your stories are hard believe.I actually live Lagos.

    Beyond "warnings" about Nigeria that are posted. I believe it is more accurate to talk to people who have visited or live in Nigeria use that as a guide.

    I am not going to go into the pros and cons of the country, others have talked eloquently about it. but I will say this after living in Nigeria. I think that despite its problems Nigeria get rather unfair treatment from the press.

    So no you are no going to Nigeria to get ripped of.
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