As the most populous country in Africa, with a coastline along the Gulf of Guinea and borders with Benin, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, Nigeria has not only the second largest economy in Africa, but is also the current leader in oil production. Its reputation has been tarnished over the years with tales of corruption, ethnic violence, religious divisions, and plenty of political agendas that keep most travelers from ever stepping foot within its borders. Which is unfortunate, given the fact that the country is full of natural beauty, a warm and loving people, and amazing diversity in terms of both flora and fauna.
A former British colony, Nigeria earned its independence on October 1st, 1960. Remnants of the colonization can still be seen, and the country is a mish-mash of extremes with both politics and wealth. On the one hand the oil barons and businesses are extremely wealthy, and on the opposite end of the spectrum are the exceptionally poor, living in slums, rife with disease and hunger. Foreign oil workers are consistently under threat of kidnapping, especially in the Bakassi Peninsula and Niger Delta regions of the country. As a result, if you decide to book a trip to Nigeria, be sure to contact your local embassy in advance to determine the safety level of the area you're visiting.
Despite a few rough spots, the main cities and national parks are exotic. However, crime rates are exceptionally high in the cities, especially pick-pocketing. This is not a destination for the uninitiated; even veteran travelers will find themselves taxed in terms of getting around to see the sights and sounds of this African nation, particularly in Lagos. Even so, the beauty of the Kainji National Park or the sacred forest of Osun at the Oshogbo World Heritage Site should not to be missed, and Lagos can be one of the most exciting cities if you want to experience a visceral African adventure.
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Most of the embassies are holding office …
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It is a rapidly developing district for commercial and residential use.
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Most of the population are Yoruba.
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Ibadan has a lot of hotels and good restaurants.
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The Murtala Mohammed international airport is located here.
There are a good number o…
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