Lagos,Nigeria, an adventure

Well lots of writings on the wall when we speak of Nigeria. I can only said that in my business travels done a lot of business with Nigerians very well. I was able to visit their country, mostly Lagos but into Port Harcourt as well. It is not your typical tourist attraction yet, but if in town be good and have fun.

The security precautions are evident, the ones you hear in the news is because some folks gets loose when in unknown territory and trouble comes their way. I have never encounter a problem not even an attempt of a problem there. You must be coach into the areas to go by an expert security person, the times to go best, etc. You are wise to hire a trusted local driver to get you around, and dont do it yourself. Photos are hard to come by as cameras are not seen in public, credit cards better keep them at home or just for an ultimate emergency, this is a cash country and the currency the Naira is only good in-country. If you must use cash take the ATM machines of Zenith bank, one of the largest in Africa, and well first in Nigeria. webpage http://www.zenithbank.com/

There are plenty to see during the daytime, such as the Bar beach harbor area (not to swim just for the ambiance), there is a beach further north along the Lekki peninsula,Lekki Beach , most expats come here.  There is a soccer/football stadium, while I was there last the under 17 World Cup was being played. Saw the Nigeria vs Spain match the locals won. You need to get ticket from a trusted person such as from the company you are in there,and go with the locals friends.

I stayed in a very nice compound, Osborne Foreshore Estates, call Somerset Court ,very well protected as it is the home of many armed forces personnel. The place is at  Ikoji, one of the nicest districts of Lagos, very nice with all amenities including a pool, billiard room,bar, restaurant, sports TV all over, exercise room, and very friendly staff.

The shopping was done at Palms shopping center, with a big supermarket, call Shop Rite (locals describe the shopping center as shop rite) and Cinema, plus restos, the webpage is here http://www.thepalmsshopping.com/ . Some of the best restos here are the Caffe Vergnano, and News Cafe   . The Mega Plaza also has a grocery store, with a courtyard full of restos selling local food ,pizzerias, and Indian foods,Lebanese foods, etc. The webpage is http://www.megaplazamall.com/ . Another nice shopping center is Silverbird galleria shopping at  267A Etim Inyang Crescent , Victoria Island , Lagos;no web

The properties of the Sofitel Hotel was my lunch venue, and of course the hotel is from the French chain ACCOR so its very nice, its webpage is at , http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-2770-sofitel-lagos-moorhouse-ikoyi/index.shtml

The EKO Hotel and Suites  is another nice property,with webpage at  http://www.ekohotels.com/ as well as the Sheraton by the airport  . However, my best is the Federal Palace Hotel, great bar sports bar area, and wonderful restaurant buffet downstairs, while there it was in the process of opening a Casino; webpage http://www.suninternational.com/Destinations/Hotels/FederalPalace/Pages/default.aspx

A nice place to be if have a local influential friend like me is to go to the old British country club, now the country club and golf complex at Ikoyi , you need to be with a member but the company can arrange maybe;;webpage http://www.ikoyiclubgolf.com/. Another interesting place is the Lekki Conservation area, a wildlife reserve for free and just as natural as you can get to wild animals; webpage ,http://www.ncfnigeria.org/ . For other interesting sites see the National Theater, and the National Museum at Awolowo Rd, Lagos Island, this last has artifacts and sculptures of local origins.

For eating out, my favorites were the Churrasco Brazilian resto located at 1C Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island, Lagos, Golden Gate China resto located at 25B Glover Road , Ikoyi , Lagos  , Manuela Italian resto and residency with webpage at  http://www.manuelaresidence.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=2 ;  and of course the resto at the Federal Palace Hotel. The Bangkok, thai food located at  244A Muri Okunola St, Victoria Island, Lagos; Marco Polo, for seafood located at Marco Polo seafood, 9 Karimu Kotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos; and the Chocolate Royal, French bakery and resto popular with many expats located at 267A Etim Inyang Crescent , Victoria Island, Lagos.

I needed a visa which was handle by the company, and the transportation hotel to airport and back also. The airport is the International Airport Murtala Muhammed, two terminals ,one for international flights and the other domestic, very easy to navigage.  You need to take precautions for sickness so vaccination is a must, check with your embassy for requirement of your Nationality to get to Nigeria, for the French the Air France center in Paris is this one, webpage  http://centredevaccination-airfrance-paris.com/ . The French Consulate in Lagos which it is recommended you register is at 1, Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi Lagos Nigeria Phone: + 234-1-26934227 +234-1-26934230. For families with small children there is a French school which many other expats and locals take advantage , the school is at Lycée Français Louis Pasteur, 16 Younis Bashorun street, Victoria Island Annex P.O. Box 72172, Lagos ; Tél. (234) 1 270 05 45/46 Fax. (234) 1  270 05 44.

If you need to go to Port Harcourt, more precautions needed here, the best property is the Novotel hotel part of the French ACCOR chain, the details are here, , http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-5465-novotel-port-harcourt/index.shtml

Some webpages for help, first the official Nigeria tourism webpage at http://www.tourism.gov.ng/ , and this site that is very useful too, http://www.nigeria-vacation.com/index.php

If ever at this part of the world hope you have a wonderful stay and enjoy the adventure.

 

 

13 Comments to “Lagos,Nigeria, an adventure”

  1. Hi Pedro,

    I imagine things may have changed now, but when I was in Nigeria in 1975 (Port Harcourt oil refinery) it was the biggest s***hole I’ve ever been in, up until today. The only thing it did for me was give me my very first taste of Africa, which as you know, you can’t get rid of once you’ve caught it.

    Best regards

    Paul

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    • hahaha yes Paul, still is at Port Harcourt, and most dangerous as it is near the Niger Delta area. Extreme security measures were taken on my trip there, even with armed escort. I still have business friends who stay in touch and update me. However, in Lagos its a different world, very nice open and many places to have a good time.

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  2. Great to look at the pics! I lived in Lagos for 3 yrs – 2005 to 2007 and absolutely loved it! I miss it so much, and all my friends i met there. Would you mind if I used some of your pics of Lagos on facebook as I have shared a pic album for my friends to remember the good times we had!

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    • yes very nice blog, but I was with a petro company and all was paid for,all of it. So no need for cost of living ::) and I was alone. Very nice times indeed. Still in touch with people there.

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  3. How do I do the piggy carry thing on my blog – that one is my first blog I’ve ever done! Very green when it comes to blogging! lol

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  4. lol! tx hey! Will do some investigating – maybe it does something with tags and automatically links all pics with similar tags to each others blogs- that was how I saw your blog
    Take care

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  5. Hi, think I found it – but have to add your email address on my wordpress dashboard in order to have your blog linked to mine…not sure if you happy with this – up to you?

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