Frequently Asked Questions about Nigeria

Expats considering a move to Nigeria will naturally have many concerns about life in this West African country. From their personal safety and security to the transport system and being able to keep in touch with friends and family back home, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about expat life in Nigeria.

How reliable is the electricity supply in Nigeria?

Power supply in Nigeria, even in the larger cities, is notoriously unreliable and most expats have a petrol generator to cope with frequent power outages. 

How safe will I be in Nigeria?

Although Nigeria has a dubious reputation when it comes to safety and security, the majority of expats enjoy a trouble-free stay there. Companies view the safety of their foreign staff as a priority and most expats live within secure compounds with access control and good security features. Many expats have a car and driver provided so they don’t have to navigate the treacherous Nigerian roads alone, and some may even provide armed escorts, depending on the position and seniority of the employee and their location within Nigeria.

How good are internet and cell phone services?

Mobile phone services are plentiful, cheap and reliable. South African operator MTN has the largest cell phone network in Nigeria and offers good value and great coverage. Internet access typically runs off the wireless cell phone network, using 3G or similar protocols, but internet access can be very expensive in Nigeria.

Do I need a car in Nigeria?

Yes – it is absolutely essential. While the thrills and adventure of public transport are relished by some, having one’s own car is vital for safety and comfort. Cars are also a mark of status in Nigeria. By having a driver, the status quotient is further enhanced, with the added bonus of having someone who actually knows their way around navigating the chaotic Nigerian roads.

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