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#1 Sep 26, 2017 3:57 pm

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Landing in Lagos

Going to Nigeria is always stressful, starting with just getting the visa. The Federal Republic of Nigeria does not issue visas on arrival; you have to send your passport into the nearest Nigerian Embassy, and it takes at least a week to get it back – if you’re lucky. This of course is an enormous pain in the butt for people who travel for a living; who do they think they are, America? Getting a flight to Lagos is the next hurdle: they’re always full and the first to fill up is first class. Nigerians don’t travel economy!

Then there is Lagos Airport. They’ve cleaned it up now but the overcrowding, theft and corruption at this hellhole were legendary. Unsuspecting visitors could find themselves sliced, diced and fleeced before they even left the airport compound! A colleague of mine foolishly got into an unknown taxi at the Airport because “he looked honest”. Twenty-four hours later they found him: wandering the back streets of Ikeja, bereft of everything except his underwear. Who told him to do that?

On my first trip to Lagos I was met by the driver Oladipor in the arrivals hall and shepherded to his battered old Benz. As we drove out of the car park we were joined by a police escort. I thought: this is a bit of overkill isn’t it? Talk about drawing attention to myself: here I am boys - come and get me!

But for all the crime and chaos I liked Nigeria. A lot. The place has a buzz to put it mildly. Nigerians are a confident, aggressive and gregarious people – a lot like Jamaicans. Most of my time in Nigeria was spent in Abuja the new-ish Federal Capital. With its clean wide streets and sense of order, I would live in Abuja in a heartbeat. Not sure about Lagos though.

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#2 Sep 27, 2017 7:07 am

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"This of course is an enormous pain in the butt for people who travel for a living; who do they think they are, America? "

I think sending you passport by mail in America is against the law.  But they send to you by mail.  Ok I am confuse.

Well me brother-in-law gave me one horror story about  him landing in Lagos and that was enough for me.

Something I have learnt about you, you love challenges.  You are not one to chill out and have ah relaxing life.

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#3 Sep 27, 2017 11:31 am

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My usual approach to travel is to handle it myself.  I like to just merge into the environment.   I don't think that is the approach I would take in Lagos.

In any case, I expect to go to South Africa on vacation when my youngest son is 16 or 17.  That puts us on about a four or five year timeframe.  I don't see a Nigeria trip in my future.

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#4 Sep 27, 2017 4:23 pm

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Only the strong survive in Naija-woh! South Africa is nice and "civilized" with lots of touristy stuff to do - but it's not "le vrai Afrique".

If you want to see the real Africa, and be relatively safe going about it, I'd suggest Tanzania. Amazing scenery, animals and vibrant culture.

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#5 Sep 28, 2017 5:42 pm

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Real Distwalker wrote:

My usual approach to travel is to handle it myself.  I like to just merge into the environment.   I don't think that is the approach I would take in Lagos.

In any case, I expect to go to South Africa on vacation when my youngest son is 16 or 17.  That puts us on about a four or five year timeframe.  I don't see a Nigeria trip in my future.


 
I think I have seen you somewhere befooaar.  If you can cadence that, you could fit right in.

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