Updated: Nov 4, 2019
If you’re following me on Instagram, then you’ll know that I am currently visiting Nigeria for the first time in 9 years and boy has so much changed. I feel at home, I feel welcomed. I feel brand new and I’m falling in love with it more and more every single day.
I’ve only been here for a few days and it feels like it’s been weeks with all that I’ve done so far. So I decided to write a blog post on the reasons to visit Nigeria in 2019 to share my love and passion for my country, Nigeria.
I’ve attached some pictures and videos that I’ve taken during my time here. I hope that it inspires you to visit too:
1. Great vibes
It’s never a dull day in Nigeria. The vibe is great anywhere you go. From morning till night, you’ll hear music being blasted, even at petrol stations. I mean...where they do that at?
This has to be one of my favourite things about Nigeria. You can buy nearly everything on the side of the road in Nigeria.
From phone cases, to drinks, snacks and even dogs! This is very convenient compared to the UK, you’d have to find somewhere to park and buy things from the shop since it’s illegal to sell things to cars on the road.
Throughout Nigeria, you’ll notice beautiful and tall palm trees everywhere. I absolutely love palm trees because they put me in a great mood. It looks beautiful when you’re driving around Nigeria.
There is literally always some brilliant food around. A little too much good food if you ask me and it’s all crazily affordable. You’ll never run out of places and things to eat.
I even noticed that at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, they sell : jollof, meat pies and many other traditional dishes at the counter. Definitely wouldn’t find that in UK airports.
Tip: try the suya at Farenheight hotel because WOW.
5. Friendly and respectful people
Despite the naturally loud nature of Nigerians, I’ve noticed that the majority of people are generally very friendly and respectful.
They don’t hold back with complimenting, welcoming and praising you and they always want to make you feel at home. Especially when you’re a visitor from abroad.
6. African artists
It’s so easy to run into African artists all over Nigeria. After all, it is their city so they walk around freely just like anyone else.
On a night out in Lagos we ran into the Tiwa Savage who was casually partying with some friends of my dad. So we joined the party and took some lovely pictures!
This was an incredible experience for me because not only have I never met a big African artist, but people usually have to pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds to experience big artists like Tiwa $avage who is undeniably Africa’s Rihanna. Argue with yourselves!
7. Purchasing power
In Nigeria, the cost of living is far less than that of the UK. I absolutely love the fact that my pound goes such a long way in Nigeria.
Presently, the exchange rate of the pound to the Naira is approximately N460 to £1. So, you’ll find that everything is extremely cheap in comparison to the UK. I find myself gasping at the cost of things once I convert it to pounds.
8. Treated like royalty
From cooks, to drivers to house-helps and private security cars which follow you around Nigeria. There’s no doubt that you will feel like a King or Queen when in Nigeria, if you can afford to. There is absolutely no need to lift a finger when in Lagos, especially when in the right company.
There are so many different methods of transport to choose from in Nigeria that you’ll never find it difficult to get around! Check out the 8 ways to get around Lagos, Nigeria in 2019 here.
10. Quirky and cool style inspo
When out in Lagos, I noticed a lot of different styles of dressing. Especially of the guys in Nigeria. They don't shy away from dressing out of the box and even with very unique hairstyles. This is a great place to get inspired to try different styles and learn of the latest designers out, because some Lagosians are definitely ahead of the game when it comes to dressing.