Located in the Western part of the African continent is Africa's most populous nation Nigeria. This country is home to over 200 million people and is filled with culture and untouched nature. However, when planning a trip to Nigeria, there are factors to keep in mind as Nigeria is a very diverse nation and by implication a delicate one.

8 Nigeria Has High Temperatures

Being an African nation, it goes without saying that Nigeria exists in a tropical region. Nigeria is a hot country so when traveling, be sure to dress accordingly. Also, snow does not fall in Nigeria as the country only has two seasons - the rainy season and the dry season. Some parts of the country, like Jos Plateau state, have erratic weather patterns as it gets extremely cold as well as extremely hot without any warming. For non-natives, it is important to come along with sunscreen and hats for protection from the heat of the sun which may result in sunburns.

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7 Nigerians Speak English

Nigeria is home to over 500 different languages spanning different tribes and ethnic groups. However, they have 3 major languages which are Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa respectively. In schools and workplaces, the common language used is English as Nigeria was once a colony of England meaning their Lingua Franca is English. Visitors will have no issues when it comes to communication with the locals. Although Nigerians do have an accent that visitors may have to get used to, it's part of the culture and environment.

6 Visitors Should Carry Lots Of Change

Nigeria as a nation is considered a developing nation and thus you wouldn't expect the cash system to be as efficient as in already developed nations. Depending on where you stay in Nigeria, the amount of change you have in your pocket is key. If you happen to base in Lagos Nigeria, chances are that you can use a debit card for many transactions at stores. However, if you happen to base in the northern part of the country, change is your best friend. Besides phone stores and other accessories of which cards can be used, everything is bought with raw cash.

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5 Nigerian Currency

Just like other countries, Nigeria has its currency, the Nigerian Naira. Although in the past the country used the British Pound. However, after the country got its independence on October 1st, 1960, the leadership thought it was better to do away with the British currency as well as colonial ties to the British by creating its own currency. The Nigerian Naira is categorized into 8 denominations as per their worth. They are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 Naira notes respectively. The most common denomination in circulation is the 50 Naira note.

4 Do Not Depend On Public Transport

When in Nigeria as a foreigner, it is imperative that you do not depend so much on public transport as their transportation system is not like the United States or even other European countries. Since Nigeria houses 200 million people, the road can get pretty cramped up rather easily. It would be wiser for you to simply walk, depending on the distance to your destination, or a personal driver that knows the town to the. While at this, visitors can also be scheduled for a tour as per their request.

3 Nigeria is Still Developing

Like other developing countries, Nigeria is not known for being well planned. Roads can get rather bumpy and the security is not exactly state of the art. Also, if you are looking for order, you might be disappointed as the country's government is still developing and thus is not as capable of enforcing it. Due to this, people live by their means without expecting anything from the government. It is imperative that you ask questions when lost as Nigerians are generally nice and warm people.

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2 Religious Boundaries Within The Country

As mentioned earlier, Nigeria houses over 500 languages. The origin of the people of Nigeria is very different as they were not always one. The major tribes that makeup Nigeria were once kingdoms of their own just before Great Britain merged the three regions together. Those in the northern part of Nigeria are predominantly Muslims while those in the southern part are mainly Christians and traditional worshipers. For tourists, it will be advisable to stay in the southern region as some parts of northern Nigeria practice Sharia. Things escalate quickly there. However, they can be very nice people.

1 Get Yourself Vaccinated

Getting yourself vaccinated could not be over-emphasized when visiting Nigeria. Ensure to be Vaccinated for the likes of yellow fever and other illnesses. Also, make sure to come along with mosquito repellents and lotions, or else you stand a high chance of falling for malaria. If you can, come along with a mosquito net. However, it still depends on the part of the country you find yourself in. Bottom line is that the southern part of the nation will be more welcoming for tourists and visitors alike.

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