Is travel in Nigeria safe for women?

edited October 2009 in - West Africa
I'm heading to Nigeria for work and will be alone for a few days of my trip. I'll be in Lagos for 3 days. Can anyone tell me if it's safe for a woman to be travelling on her own in Nigeria and Lagos? I'm a bit nervous as I've heard a lot of conflicting stories of crime. Can anyone please give me a proper answer?

Thank you
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  • edited 4:35AM
    Steffi, Nigeria is perfectly safe for women to travel even if they are alone. However, take the usual precautions you'll normally take in any foreign country. Port Harcourt,(Rivers State) Bayelsa, Delta and Edo states are a bit restive presently, so take xtra care and endeavour to always have a guide with you in these places. outside of these places Nigeria is very peaceful, accommodating and fun-filled!

    If you will be in Lagos be sure to take ONLY the red cabs. If in Abuja, take only the Abuja city cabs. Transact your currency xchange in a bank or a bureau de change, NOT WITH SOME TOUTS BY THE ROAD-SIDE.

    Should you need any further assistance please, call: +2348023103243 and I'll be glad to be of help.

    Please, enjoy your stay.
  • edited 4:35AM
    I feel much better about my trip to Lagos now and I think I'll be taking your phone number with me!

    Many thanks - steffi
  • edited 4:35AM
    i will be posted to nigeria for a period of 3 months or maybe more. Accommodation and transport all taken care off. A bit worried on the cost of living there, heard its quite expensive.cost of food & drinks (non alcohol)what currency would you recommend me using. are there places you could visit and buy things to bring home.
  • edited 4:35AM
    To Rose:
    Nigeria can be expensive a lil bit, but, if you carefully choose the restaurants you'll eat at, i think the costing would be more or less same with, if not cheaper than similar class in other climes. The USD, GBP and EURO are widely accepted and easily convertible. Depending on the areas you will be visiting and mementos you intend taking with you, there are diverse markets to buy from.

    Should you need any further assistance please, call: +2348023103243 and I'll be glad to be of help.

    Please, enjoy your stay.
  • edited 4:35AM
    My husband and myself will be in Abuja for an year or so. I am an indian. Is it a safe place to stay. And is there an indian population. Do they have indian stores. We are purely vegetarian
  • edited 4:35AM
    hi!
    I am very worried i'l be coming for lagos for 2years, i feel bit of scared... like crime,point of security etc.. can you guide me... 60k naira is it enough for a month.
  • edited 4:35AM
    how far from west africa to south africa?
  • edited 4:35AM
    To G3:
    Nigeria is a very safe place to stay, moreso, your destination:Abuja, is probably one of the best places from the security standpoint. There are plenty Indian stores and Abuja boast of a vibrant Indian Community, though not as much as Lagos.

    There are a sizeable number of Nigerian that are vegetarians, so, getting to satisfying your culinary desires should not pose a problem.

    Bienvennue and Bon Appetit!
  • edited 4:35AM
    To Pinky:
    Lagos, is safer than most African Countries' Capital. Observe the usual precautions you will even if you were in your home country. 60k for a month depend on what your expenses are: Do you have your own transport? will you be staying in an hotel? How about your feeding arrangement? Would you be clubbing occasionally? anyway, 60k is roughly USD400, so do the maths.

    Should you need any further assistance please, call: +2348023103243 and I'll be glad to be of help.

    Please, enjoy your stay.
  • edited 4:35AM
    To Pinky:
    West Africa to South africa is +/- 8hrs by flight.
  • edited 4:35AM
    I will be travelling to Nigeria soon..but my flight will land in the evening and i will have to sleep over in Lagos.Which hotel do you think i can stay in just for 1 night.
  • edited 4:35AM
    I live in south Africa and recently traveled to Nigeria. Lagos - Abuja - Kano. My trip was planned by my agent in south africa. But a nigerian travel agent handled the hotel booking, airport transfer service. It was really a wonderful experience. Contact Access to Africa - South Africa or Renew ventures - Nigeria www.renewreservation.com
  • edited 4:35AM
    Thanks Trippointer
    Actually we will be staying in Onkan Lagos not in Abuja. So can u please advise about that place. My husband has gone to Onkan Lagos for 15 days. In another 5 months i will also be moving there. And also please advice - if there are indians in that place and if there are indian stores. And if there is any gated community and any website to check that Please advice.
  • edited 4:35AM
    G3 - I cant answer your specific question ,but keep your eyes on the Expat Arrivals Nigeria guide for regularly updated expat info on that country. http://www.expatarrivals.com/nigeria/moving-to-nigeria
  • edited 4:35AM
    Thanks David.
    How about Victoria Island. Any idea about that place. I browsed about that place and the pics are beautiful but there are no comments about the safety
  • edited 4:35AM
    VI is one of the safest places in Lagos. Lot of corporates and expats in and around so you should be fine.
  • edited 4:35AM
    I will be posted to lagos, nigeria very soon, accomodation & travelling will be taken care by the company.
    will N 50000 will be sufficient to survive a good life. I do not often go to the clubs or pubs but yes, i have a habit of drinking evryday. Also tell me how safe is the clubs or pubs in lagos are for Indians like me.
  • edited 4:35AM
    Could anyone share the information about Kaduna safety and social life there. I am Russia and coming to wok there for two years and wonder if there are any Russians there.
    Thanks
  • edited 4:35AM
    It will be also helpfull if anyone could share information about airport arrivals procedures, customs and any fees associated with arrival to Nigeria
    Thanks
  • edited 4:35AM
    Hi

    I have been offerred a position in Abuja. I want to know what is the tax structure.

    Thank You
    daffodils
  • edited 4:35AM
    Lagos, is safer than most African Countries' Capital. Observe the usual precautions you will even if you were in your home country. 60k for a month depend on what your expenses are will you be staying in an hotel? How about your feeding arrangement? Would you be clubbing occasionally? anyway, 60k is roughly USD400, so do the maths.

    Should you need any further assistance please, call: +2348030906158 and I'll be glad to be of help.

    keep in touch
  • edited 4:35AM
    Hi,
    I got a job offer at Abuja in American Medical Teaching Hospital.Will it be wise to join there.I am offered us $ 6585 per month
  • edited 4:35AM
    There is no such hospital in Nigeria, that name is used in fake job scams
  • edited 4:35AM
    Taking a short break from my work in Lagos and travelling back to U.S. for a couple of weeks. How can I convert my Naira back into USD? I've heard this can be somewhat difficult due to the exchange rates, etc
  • edited 4:35AM
    Nigeria is a lovely place to visit or live in, the people and its diverse culture, the wildlife parks and game reserves. The coastal beaches like you have never seen before. Nigeria is a nation full of abundant resources. For more information and guides about Nigeria email netdoctor_11@hotmail.co.uk. I can provide a chauffeur service and security. The night life is just as safe and bubbly just like anywhere in the world. More information on business and investment please call +(44)2920330336
  • edited 4:35AM
    Nigeria is a very peculiar place I.e very welcoming to foreigners. Always wear a smile on your face nothing the people detest more than a cocky expat.
    The average Nigerian is literate and street smart! There are great bars, clubs and restaurants. Abuja is very pretty, think California. Lagos is not so pretty but bursting with life.
    The premiership is avidly followed. Like anywhere else be careful when you head out and have a local guide or friend accompany you. I'm a Nigerian Architect just returned back home after 8 years of
    Working in the UK and live in Lagos. If you ever get stuck in Lagos or need more specific info do give me a call. 08033420911 Ade
  • edited 4:35AM
    Hi we've been offered a contract in Port Hortcourt and Akwa Ibom State, we are likely to travel there at the end of this month to sign the contract, How safe is it? can sameone advise us please. We are a England based company five white instructors and one India engineer will be traveling. Please share your experience
  • edited 4:35AM
    is there an organization called TCF Foundation? How big is the organization?
  • edited December 2011
    i got job offer from abuja hotel super b tower. i got offered 9200 USD per month.
    How is this hotel, and should i join or not?
  • edited 4:35AM
    Johnny,

    I will advise you to have a local meet with you and arrange your trip.
    If it is the first time, I will suggest one of the pack goes first to see and then the pack can join him to sign their contract if you are happy.

    Overall, a lot of expatriate community work in the states you mentioned however with security details.

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