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Leaving For Nigeria In 3 Weeks: What Do I Need To Know?

Hi guys,

I am sooo excited, my first time to Nigeria is just around the corner, only three weeks left, and I am soooo excited!

anything you think I should know b4 I go?

Thnx 4 sharing!what do I need to know?

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kola nut is different from bitter kola (aki ilu)

they both have a lot of caffeine and can make  some people jittery.

My advice.

Be careful about foods from restaurants

People in Nigeria eat them and are ok but foreigners or even Nigerians who've been away for a while can't handle it.

make sure you

1.start taking anti malarial prophylaxis at least 2 weeks before your departure,while in Nigeria and 2 weeks after you return

2.Take a typhoid shot from your physician

3.Have a can of "off" insect repellant and use it on your skin frequently to keep mosquitoes away

4.Carry an over the counter anti diarrhoeal medicine.

5.Drink only bottled water,use it to brush your teeth also

6.only pack light clothing,it's very hot

please have a wonderful safe trip and tell us your experience when you return.

Enugu is my second home,show us pictures of the coal city

There's this popular isiewu joint in Uwani,they had the best.I've forgotten the name.

Don't mind all the horror stories, most people go to Nigeria and return safely.

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@londoner

is cola nut the same as bitter cola' i have tried that once and i didnt like it :-)

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Udode, you are welcome.

There are a few things, you will probably already know that you should neither give or take using the left hand. Also if person should offer you cola nut when you visit, gladly accept it, (even if you dont eat it).It means they are offering you peace/welcoming you.

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allright :-) thanx for the advice

anything else i should prepare myself for?!?

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@londoner

yes they are igbos, so you think a nice handshake (and maybe a little bending) would do?

thankx for the advice

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@ Udode, if your in laws are Igbo, there is no need to bend the knee upon greeting them. That is largely a Yoruba custom. Igbos dont generally do that, neither do they expect you to do it.

Have a great time!

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You can hugs all the Ladies,

But i think the men will be happy with handshake. But try to bend your knee a little while greeting.

They will REALLY appreciate if you can COMPLETETLY kneel down on your knees to greet your in-laws

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Don't run into debt because of ur first trip to naija, be urself

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Just a few tips for ya;

1. Drink bottled water ONLY (pretty safe) ---BUY CARTONS AND CARTONS OF BOTTLED WATER

2. Watch out for spicy food (spicy meaning PEPPER HOT)

3. Dress VERY light (But dont wear stuff very revealing, i've been hearing a lot lately)

4. Always have a bottle of water with you, you'll get thirsty quickly especially when you OUTSIDE

5. Let you partner communicate for you 90% of the time especially when you around cops

6. Be nice to people and they'll be nice to you, we're usually Nice EXCEPT if we're disrespected.

7. Just to impress youR soon-to-be in-laws, help a lil with house chores (least you could do is do dishes)

8.Try and show some interest in learning how to cook nigerian food (They'll like you more and your husband will be impressed)

9. If you're going to the village, get some antiseptics to put in the water you're gonna use to take your shower. (Eg Dettol)

10. Just like Dis Guy said --- ANTI-MALARIA meds = VERY IMPORTANT --- dont know about where you at, but in America here, before some people travel to Africa they get these shots --

Yellow Fever

Malaria

Cholera

Typhoid

11. A few necessary things (eg Mosquito repellant, some pain killer/headache medication)

12. if you want to eat fruits ---ALWAYS WASH IT WITH YOUR BOTTLED WATER!!!!!!!!!!!! ---

NOW THE FUN PART.

13. Have as much fun as you can --- nigerians are ALWAYS happy/fun/exciting/friendly/warm/nice people.

14 Stuff to take for your daddy-in-law = Since he is old, get him some wifebeaters(Singlet), light pants, someone mentioned a wrist watch(good too), then since he is old, get him some vitamin supplements AND HEY!!! maybe a nice  unlocked cellphone(If he is using one), that will surely make him happy, lol

Nigerians are very fashion and technology-savvy people

Hope this helps!

HAVE FUN!!!!

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Not sure how long you've been away but be very careful about food and drink. When you've been away for a long time, your immunity is no longer as strong as before. If you're travelling with kids, pay extra attention to drinking water. Unfortunately, fraudsters are now able to produce fake brands of some of the bottled water.

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Woow - ok I have been to Congo (Kinshasa) before, and I know I have to expect heat and a lot of sun. But Nigria is my first time and yes - I am actually going to the east. I am flying to Lagos, then I will travel to Enugu by car for a wedding and after I will head to Aba and stay there for a while - so I think I will get to see quite a bit of the country :-)

I have heard about the mall and all those nice places in lagos (victoria island) but i am also very excited to see the land inside, maybe ill even be going to a village! how cool is that. although I havent been there, i do love the country alread :-)

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I don't see any where you indicating going to the east?

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1. Nigerian is warm and the polution is terrible but bearable.

2. Make sure you enjoy the food and the beach.

3. Nitelife is compared to none.

4. Please and please, never argue with the cops, they are triggered happy.

5. If you are driving and someone scream Smoke!!!, dont stop till you sure in safe environs.

6. Don not drink un"pure" water

7. Do not go to Nigeria to form big girl oh, just respect people and have fun.

Good luck and enjoy your stay in the best nation

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She said she's going to Nigeria, there are 36 states in naija, i think she's going to the east!

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If you haven't been to the tropics, t might be a little hot in the airport so wear light clothing on arrival.

The best places to party and have fun will be on the island.

The people are very friendly so ask if you need anything. Be polite but assertive as well.

Visit the palms shopping mall and the galleria. Best time to go would be on weekdays. Weekends are usually crowded.

Overall be safe and kick back and relax. The pace of life is much slower in Africa.

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thank you! i am sure that i will love it - from what i heard - everyone who's nigerian wants to be born as a nigerian again (in next life) - same place, same famiily - same house - same food lol

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welcome to niga the leader of the world, all i think you need to do is get your self welcome and make it easy to adapt, i believe you will enjoy it, I welcome you to NIGERIA!!!!!!

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@osisi

thanx, i will take a lot of pics and then show them to you aiiight :-)

cant wait to see everything and i am not worrired at all, more worried that

i will not come back because i like it sooo much .-)

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