Before traveling to Nigeria, a strong country in Africa, with a large number of ethnicities and religions (50% Muslim, 40% Christian, and 10% traditional beliefs) and with a history of conflict, we must consider several things. Countries with extraordinary natural beauty (fine sandy beaches, national parks) and ancient pockets are located in West Africa, and have very varied topography and vegetation, tropical rainforests near beaches, savannas and forests and central highlands; and the desert in the north. It has been a republic since 1963, and the official language is English, but the main languages are Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa.
You will be interested to know that in Nigeria we also have the possibility to visit mangroves, forests, forests, savannas and steppes. With the lines mentioned above it is evident that there are many reasons to visit these two African countries because of everything that made them. In addition to the abundant flora in certain regions of the continent, the animal species are impressive and interesting, the scenery is charming, and it is also interesting to know some big and small cities.
It is important to clarify the rules of conduct in this country, simple but necessary: usually shake hands and say goodbye, in Yorubaland it is a sign of respect for subjugating a woman and taking interest in her family, it is not unusual to receive guests at home unless the person is very confident, it is appropriate to wear sports clothes, small prizes are appreciated, women must dress quietly and adapt to local styles (not recommended to wear pants).
When it comes to flight booking in Nigeria, everyone should know that to enter the country, a passport with a minimum validity of six months will be required. In addition, visas are needed except for the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo for a maximum stay of 90 days. Transit passengers who continue their journey with the same or the next connecting aircraft, provided they have all the necessary documentation and do not leave the airport, except for US citizens who require a transit visa.
Children under 16 who appear in their parents’ passports will not need a visa but will have a photo application. This must be processed at the Consulate, and it takes around two days if done directly, ten if by mail. Requirements for this application are: completed forms, valid passport, photo ID, fare, airplane ticket, invitation letter, passport photocopy of the person invited.
The currency is Naira, and it is recommended to change the currency according to the official and official exchange rates. Cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are not accepted because of the high level of fraud. Regarding health requirements, we can see that travelers who have been in problem areas must show a vaccination certificate against yellow fever, on the other hand, there is no certificate of cholera required by WHO, although it is recommended. There are also incidents of polio and typhoid fever, and the risk of malaria throughout the country; and need to take into account the risk of hepatitis A, B, and E, meningococcal meningitis, trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis and onchocerciasis. There is also the incidence of tuberculosis and dengue fever, as well as the risk of contracting HIV. Water must be cooked or sterilized, boiled milk, consumption of meat and fish that are well cooked and hot, eat cooked vegetables and peel the fruit.
A combination of culture, religion and story:
Nigeria is a country that has managed to unite in one place an interesting mix of people, religion, culture and stories. This is the most populous country in Africa and one of the richest also thanks to its oil reserves. Brass and wood work from the skin is the main attraction when shopping. Funeral masks, ivory statues, and terracotta pieces are just a few of the beauties you will find. It’s a rare piece found in galleries and museums around the city. If you want to enjoy your holiday in Nigeria, it’s a good idea to schedule New Year, First May, First October – national holidays – Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Monday. Not to mention the festival that is on the Muslim calendar and beautiful.
Enjoy Nigerian nights:
And for those who enjoy the night, the most recommended place is the Temple of Africa and Jazz 38, which has good music and busy people. In Nigeria you can still see wildlife in Yankari National Park, which was founded in 1991; there are elephants, gorillas, lions and hippos in their natural habitat. Other points of interest in this park are the Wikki Hot Springs; they are paradisiacal natural stations where you can bathe in crystal clear waters surrounded by baboons.
The most famous dish of Nigerian cuisine is the tira which is served abundantly in most cities. Inside you can experience the amazing yogurts made by Fulani women; the habit is to serve in a pumpkin bowl and mixed with corn balls. The only limitation of food is water, if you take it, prefer the bottle.
Another place that you must visit is Kano. A city with almost a thousand years of history to show and tell. The main attraction is the Old City which maintains a traditional gate like the Gate of Kofar Mata, which brings people to the palace of the Emir. In addition, you can visit the Central Mosque and the Gidan Makama Museum.
Oshogbo can already be considered the center of Yoruba art. The best time for you to explore the place is during the Oshun Festival, when there are staging rites that refer to sacrifice. There you will also find the famous Sacred Forest which houses several statues and monuments of the Yoruba gods.
Nigeria offers a million African charms. What you can find in Black Continent can be found in Nigeria. Hopefully this article provides information that is useful for you.