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    Lagos – a brief overview

    Nigeria’s largest city Lagos is home to some beautiful beaches, interesting markets and friendly people. Straddling a chunk of coastline and a pair of nearby islands, the city is a beguiling blend of chaotic markets, tropical sunshine and a glittering business district – much of it funded by Nigeria’s impressively prolific oil industry.

    Away from the skyscrapers, most of which are to be found on Lagos Island, the city is home to several interesting museums and galleries, as well as the old slave port of Badagry, which was founded by the Portuguese in 1452.

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    Badagry

    Badagry
    Nigeria
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    Just outside Lagos is Badagry, known locally as ‘The Point of No Return’, which was founded by the Portuguese in 1452 as a slave port. Although many of the buildings are decrepit, the town offers an interesting insight into the transatlantic slave trade.

    Lighthouse Beach

    Lighthouse Beach
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    One of Lagos’ nicer beaches, Lighthouse Beach is a glittering golden stretch of sand overlooked by a 110-year-old lighthouse and with good views of the container ships easing into the main port.

    Nike Art Centre

    No. 2, Elegushi Road,
    3rd Roundabout, Epe Expressway,
    Ikate Cross Road, Lekki Phase 1 Peninsula,
    Lekki
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel: +234 803 409 6656
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Owned and run by local artist, Nike Davies Okundaye, this gallery is the best place for a taste of the local art scene which, along with painting, includes gorgeous batik-work and handicrafts.

    DIDI Museum

    175 Akin Adesola Street
    Victoria Island
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel: +234 709 850 5052
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    Opening times:
    By appointment

    Set within a private home, the DIDI Museum was founded in 1983 by Dr Newton Jibunoh to provide a platform for traditional Nigerian art. The main collection includes paintings, sculpture and photography, as well as some unusual snaps of visiting heads of state.

    Tafawa Balewa Square

    Tafawa Balewa Square
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Lagos’ central square is home to some impressively large monuments, among them a series of gigantic horses and touching memorials to the Nigerian soldiers who died fighting for the UK in WWI and WWII.

    National Museum

    Awolowo Road
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel: +234 1 263 6005
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    This fascinating museum charts Nigeria’s history from prehistoric times to the modern day. Among the star exhibits are the ancient Nok Terracottas and a huge collection of ivory crowns, as well as the bullet-ridden car in which military ruler Murtala Mohammed was gunned down in 1976.

    Lekki Conservation Centre

    Lekki Conservation Centre Rd
    Lekki Peninsula
    Nigeria
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    A picturesque stretch of wetland just outside Lagos, Lekki was set aside by the government for local wildlife in 1987. Raised walkways allow you to see crocodiles, monkeys and huge flocks of colourful birds up close.

    Kalakuta Republic Museum

    7 Gbemisola Street
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel: +234 810 484 4872
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    Opening times:
    Various

    The former home of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, this quirky museum is dedicated to the life and times of the great man. Along with a complete discography, it contains scores of his personal possessions.

    Funtopia

    Km 35, Epe Expressway
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel: +234 802 377 0694
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Enormously popular with well-heeled locals, Funtopia boasts three huge swimming pools, water slides, a games room, gorgeous sea views and a convenient swim-up bar for adults.

    Terra Kulture

    1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel: +234 1 270 0588
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1200-2400

    A stylish art gallery that houses a selection of painting and sculpture by some of Nigeria’s best contemporary artists, as well as a rooftop bar and an auction house.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Nigeria is blessed with hundreds of miles of coastline, national parks and fascinating ancient sites.

    Geography

    Nigeria has borders with Niger to the north, Chad (across Lake Chad) to the northeast, Cameroon to the east and Benin to the west. To the south, the Gulf of Guinea is indented by the Bight of Benin and the Bight of Biafra. The country’s topography and vegetation vary considerably.

    The coastal region is a low-lying area of lagoons, sandy beaches and mangrove swamps, which merges into an area of rainforest where palm trees grow to over 30m (100ft).

    From here, the landscape changes to savannah and open woodland, rising to the Central Jos Plateau at 1,800m (6,000ft). The northern part of the country is desert and semi-desert, marking the southern extent of the Sahara.

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    Key facts

    Population: 169 300 000

    Population Density (per sq km): 174

    Capital: Abuja.

    Language

    The official language is English. A variation of English (Pidgin English) is also spoken. The three main Nigerian languages are Yoruba, Ibo (also spelt Igbo) and Hausa; another 400 languages are also spoken in the country.

    Currency

    Naira (NGN; symbol ₦) = 100 kobo. Notes are in denominations of ₦500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of ₦1 and kobo 25, 10, 5 and 1.

    Electricity

    240 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style plugs with three square pins are most commonly used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (government offices); 0830-1700 (private businesses). However, offices in the northern states may close at 1300 as Muslim workers may take part in prayer services at 1400; business resumes after this.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Note

    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Workers’ Day: 01. May 2016
    End of Ramadan: 07. and 08. July 2016
    Feast of Sacrifice: 13. and 14. September 2016
    Independence Day: 01. October 2016
    Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: 01. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Workers’ Day: 01. May 2017
    End of Ramadan: 26. June 2017
    Feast of Sacrifice: 02. September 2017
    Independence Day: 01. October 2017
    Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: 01. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Lagos

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    There’s plenty to do in Lagos once the sun sets, although it’s worth remembering that the city’s criminal fraternity is most active after dark.

    With that in mind, hotel bars are usually your best bet, although some visitors do risk it for a night out with the locals.

    Bar Campione

    13 Kasumu Ekemode Street
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    A cheerful sports bar that’s packed with locals come the weekend.

    Crystal Lounge

    31 Isaac John Street
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    An upmarket party spot with live DJs and regular theme nights.

    Elegushi Beach

    Lighthouse Beach
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Come weekends, this Lagos beach transforms into an alfresco nightclub; keep a close eye on your purse and don’t go alone.

    The New Afrika Shrine

    1 Nerdc Road
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Dedicated to the music of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, this is the place to hear real Nigerian tunes.

    Likwid Lounge

    Samuel Manuwa Street
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    A glitzy bar popular with local A-listers, Likwid does the best cocktails in Lagos.

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    Restaurants in Lagos

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    Eating out in Nigeria is relatively cheap, although you will pay more at business-oriented restaurants.

    Either way, whether you’re after a taste of local food or simply fancy a really good curry, Lagos’ plethora of eateries has something for you.

    The Yellow Chilli

    27, Oju Olobun Street
    Victoria Island
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Price: Expensive

    A smart Nigerian restaurant serving well-presented local fare popular with city businessmen.

    Saffron Bar and Restaurant

    133 Ahmadu Bello Way
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Price: Expensive

    Popular with local bigwigs, Saffron serves up an eclectic menu of dishes drawn from all over the world.

    Ocean Basket

    1392 Tiamiyu Savage Street
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Price: Moderate

    A South African seafood chain that makes the most of the rich seas off Lagos’ coastline.

    Sherlaton

    11, Adebayo Amakuolu Street
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Price: Moderate

    One of the few restaurants to cater for vegetarians, Sherlaton specialises in veg-heavy Indian food.

    Al Basha

    126 Awolowo Road
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Price: Cheap

    Tasty, reasonably authentic Lebanese food served up takeaway style.

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    Lagos Black Heritage Festival

    April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Freedom Park

    This terrific week-long fiesta is a celebration of African culture. The festivities kick off with a masked parade and continue with a whole host of art exhibitions, musical extravaganzas, dance shows, comedy performances and ancient traditions, culminating in a spectacular boat regatta and the Lagos Carnival.

    Lagos Carnival

    9 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Awolowo Road, Campos Square and Tafawa Balewa Square

    Flamboyant costumes, feathery headdresses, vibrantly decorated floats and plenty of shaking, swaying and singing all make up Lagos’ buzzing carnival. Crowds pack the streets to watch the parade and follow the party into Tafawa Balewa Square for its dramatic finale.

    Lagos Jazz Series

    1 – 31 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Taking place in various parks and hotels throughout town, this annual jazz fest showcases a formidable line-up of world-class musicians: Jill Scott, Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis are just a few of the big-name jazz artists to have graced the stage here. There’s sometimes a shorter event in August too.

    MUSON Festival

    15 – 25 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: MUSON Centre

    Organised by The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON), this classical music festival showcases the outstanding MUSON Choir and Nigeria’s only professional orchestra, the MUSON Symphony Orchestra. Indigenous music, jazz tunes and musical theatre are also thrown into the mix in a dynamic 10-day programme.

    Lagosphoto Festival

    24 October – 27 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Taking a new theme each year, this month-long international photo festival packs in workshops, exhibitions, debates and photographer talks. It’s a superb opportunity to see Africa through a lens and discover a wealth of personal stories told via a striking collection of images.

    Lagos Fashion and Design Week

    28 – 31 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Ocean View, Eko Hotel

    Nigeria’s fashion industry is under the spotlight in this glitzy event. Eye-catching, cutting-edge designs are paraded along the catwalk in a series of glamorous runway shows. Fashionistas can also browse the hottest new trends in showrooms jam-packed with the latest textiles, clothing and accessories.

    Lagos Book and Art Festival

    13 – 15 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Freedom Park

    Aiming to encourage people to read and gain knowledge, this art festival has a mainly literary focus and attracts writers, artists, academics and journalists from around the world. It’s been called ‘Africa’s biggest culture picnic’ and crams in author discussions, art shows, book exhibitions and craft markets.

    Eko International Film Festival

    16 – 21 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Feature films, shorts, documentaries and horror movies are all in the running for prizes at this prestigious film festival, with entries coming from around the globe. Pocketsize student movies (up to one minute only) give up-and-coming filmmakers a chance to show their stuff too.

    Music Festival Lagos

    March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Golden Tulip Festac Lagos

    First held in 2013, this popular music festival is already well on its way to becoming one of Nigeria’s must-do events. Bringing together artists from different generations, the festival showcases the best of Nigerian music, from stars with 50-plus years’ experience to youngsters breaking into the music scene.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Lagos

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    Lagos has an impressively large selection of hotels, although the majority are geared towards business travellers.

    Nevertheless, it is possible to find safe budget accommodation, while those looking for relaxation can enjoy the numerous beach resorts.

    The Federal Palace Hotel & Casino

    8 Ahmadu Bello Way
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Category: Expensive

    Huge, comfortable rooms and 24-hour security make this a good base for exploring Lagos.

    The Moorhouse Ikoyi Lagos – Mgallery Collection

    1 Bankole Oki Road
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Category: Moderate

    The closest thing Lagos has to a boutique hotel, Mgallery Moorhouse is decked out in chic African style.

    Golden Tulip Festac Lagoon

    Amuwo Odofin - Mile 2
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Category: Moderate

    Set amid lush tropical gardens with a large outdoor pool, this massive hotel has nearly 500 rooms and suites.

    ibis Airport Hotel

    Murtala Mohamed Intl
    Airport Road
    Lagos
    Nigeria
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    Category: Cheap

    A good-value choice if you need to stay near the airport, with smart, compact rooms.

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    Best time to visit

    Today: Thursday, 08.12.2016 18:00 UTC

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    29°C


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    wind speed

    4.375 mph

    7 days forecast

    Saturday

    10.12.2016

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    Climate & best time to visit Nigeria

    Varies from area to area. The southern coast is hot and humid with a rainy season from March to November. During the dry season, the Harmattan wind blows from the Sahara. The north’s rainy season is from July to September. Nights can be cold in December and January.

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan35 °C13 °C31 °C21 °C81 %24 mm25.3 h
    Feb36 °C15 °C32 °C22 °C79 %45 mm36.0 h
    Mar35 °C18 °C32 °C23 °C76 %89 mm65.6 h
    Apr35 °C15 °C32 °C22 °C82 %146 mm96.0 h
    May35 °C20 °C31 °C22 °C84 %215 mm125.7 h
    Jun33 °C18 °C29 °C22 °C87 %334 mm173.8 h
    Jul31 °C17 °C27 °C21 °C87 %238 mm143.2 h
    Aug33 °C15 °C27 °C21 °C85 %87 mm103.5 h
    Sep32 °C18 °C28 °C21 °C86 %177 mm123.8 h
    Oct33 °C18 °C29 °C21 °C87 %171 mm125.4 h
    Nov34 °C17 °C31 °C22 °C84 %66 mm66.2 h
    Dec34 °C16 °C31 °C22 °C82 %23 mm16.2 h
    year36 °C13 °C30 °C22 °C83 %1615 mm1035.1 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    /Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +234

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average.

    Internet

    Internet and e-mail services are available in Internet cafes in Lagos.

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    Shopping in Lagos

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    Key Areas

    Although most of Lagos is dotted with street stalls and hawkers, the main action happens in the city’s many markets, where you can buy everything from crafts to pirate DVDs to vintage clothes (much of which comes from Western charity boxes). Jankara Market is the biggest and, along with dodgy DVDs, houses an interesting fetish market. Elsewhere, Lagos is home to several malls, among them the modern Silverbird Galleria – the best place to look for stylish things to wear.

    Markets

    Jankara Market (near Adeyinka Oyekan Avenue) is the biggest and best and sells a mind-bogglingly large array of food, clothes, crafts and knock-offs. Lekki Art Market (inside the Lekki Conservation Centre) is brilliant for local art and sculpture.

    Shopping Centres

    Along with Silverbird Galleria (133 Ahmadu Bello Way), King’s Plaza (Adeniran Ogunsanya Street) and Ikeja City Mall (Obafemi Awolowo Way) are well worth a look.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Shaking hands with everyone is customary on meeting and departing. In Yorubaland, it is a sign of respect for women to curtsey when introduced and to enquire after relations, even if this is a first meeting. Unless the visitor knows someone well, it is unusual to be invited to a Nigerian’s home. Most entertaining, particularly in Lagos, takes place in clubs or restaurants. A small gift of appreciation is always welcome and business souvenirs bearing the company logo are also acceptable. Casual wear is suitable and a lightweight suit and tie are only necessary for businesspeople on formal meetings; on most other occasions men will not need to wear a jacket, although a tie might be expected.

    Women should dress modestly, and respect local customs regarding dress, particularly in the Muslim north.

    It is inadvisable for women to wear trousers. There are over 250 tribes in Nigeria, the principal groups being the Hausa in the north, the Ibo (or Igbo) in the southeast and the Yoruba in the southwest. The larger of the minor groups are the Fulani, Idoma, Igala, Igbirra, Kanuri, Tiv and Nupe in the north; the Efik, Ekoi, Ibibio and Ijaw in the east; and the Edo, Itsekiri, Ijaw and Urhobo in the west. A result of this ethnic variety is the diversity of art, dance forms, language, music, customs and crafts. Nigerians have a very strong sense of ethnic allegiance.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Engert, Klaus
    JBMS Clinic Lagos
    Ijora Causeway 15
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    Tel. +234-706-980-0000 ext. 5303

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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