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Expats considering a move to Nigeria will naturally have many concerns about life here. From 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 this West African country.
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 generator or power inverter to cope with frequent power outages.
Will I be safe 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.
Do I need a car in Nigeria?
For most expats, yes – cars are the most common way of getting around. While the thrill and adventure of public transport are relished by some, having one’s own car is vital for safety and comfort, and many expats have a driver who knows their way around navigating the chaotic Nigerian roads.
What are the schooling options in Nigeria?
Most expats and well-off Nigerians send their children to an international school, and Lagos and Abuja are home to many of these. Education and schooling are highly valued in Nigeria, but the public school system is underfunded. Private schools following an international curriculum offer some of the best teaching and learning facilities. This does come at a high price, however, with tuition and extra costs mounting up quickly. Homeschooling is a feasible alternative for parents who are willing and committed to it.