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Nigeria

GENERAL INFORMATION-NIGERIA

Capital

Abuja.

Neighboring Countries

Located at the extreme inner corner of the Gulf of Guinea on the west coast of Africa.

It is bordered by Chad on the northeast,

Cameroon on the east,

The Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) on the south,

Benin (formerly Dahomey) on the west,

Niger on the northwest and north

Climate

 Although Nigeria lies wholly within the tropical zone, there are wide climatic variations in different regions of the country.

Near the coast, the seasons are not sharply defined. Temperatures rarely exceed 32°C (90°F), but humidity is very high and nights are hot.

Inland, there are two distinct seasons: a wet season from April to October, with generally lower temperatures, and a dry season from November to March, with midday temperatures that surpass 38°C (100°F) but relatively cool nights, dropping as low as 12°C (54°F).

It is bordered by Chad on the northeast, Cameroon on the east, the Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) on the south, Benin (formerly Dahomey) on the west, and Niger on the northwest and north.

Time Difference with India

Nigeria is 04.30 hrs behind India.

Currency of Nigeria

Naira (NGN)

Languages Spoken

The official language is English, although there are over 300 distinct indigenous tongues.

Hausa is the mother tongue of more than 40% of the inhabitants of the northern states.

Education

The majority of curricula found in the international schools in Nigeria follow British, American or International Baccalaureate standards.

The quality of education tends to be high.

 

Few schools International schools are:

The Regent School.

American International School of Lagos.

International Community school.

The Regent School.

Grange School,

American International School of Abuja. 

Food

In small cities, the only alternatives to Nigerian food are greasy and/or bland imitations of English-style food, such as chicken-and-chips or omelet's.

Large cities offer a wide variety of cuisines, including Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and Continental. Lagos, especially, has an excellent range of restaurants.

 

Few Indian restaurants are

Flamingo Indian & Tandoori Restaurant in Lagos,

Bon Asia Indian,

Guaranga Vegetarian.

 

Tasty Nigerian dishes include dodo, or fried plantain, often sold as a snack at roadside shacks, and jollof rice.  The tropical fruit in markets is truly excellent.  Food outlets are springing up like mushrooms in every nook and cranny of the country's major cities. 

Indians in Nigeria

There are about 27000 Indians in Nigeria.  Basically business communities.

Initially, they were primarily engaged in trading. But gradually, while still retaining their interest in trading, they also ventured in to other fields like manufacturing and professional services.

Safety & Security

It has the largest population on the continent.  Safety in Nigeria is a large concern, and expats moving to the African nation should certainly take precautionary measures throughout the course of their daily lives.   Road safety in Nigeria is also well below standard, in general road conditions and dense traffic make driving around cities a stressful and hazardous experience.


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