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Living in Nigeria

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 01, 2024

Summary: People often describe life in Nigeria as vibrant and full of energy. Expats love the culture, the people, the food, and the music. The cost of living for an expat in Nigeria is relatively low, with a basic monthly budget of around $1,000 USD. The population of Nigeria is estimated to be around 206 million people, making it the most populous country in Africa. The largest cities in Nigeria are Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna, and Abuja. The cons of living in Nigeria include the high levels of poverty, crime, and corruption. The infrastructure is also lacking in many areas, and the healthcare system is inadequate. Additionally, the political situation is often unstable, and there is a risk of terrorism.

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What do I need to know about living in Nigeria?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Nigeria, they said:

"1. Expats should research the cost of living in Nigeria before retiring, as prices can vary significantly depending on the city and region. 2. It is important to understand the local laws and regulations, as well as the cultural norms, before retiring in Nigeria. 3. Expats should also consider the availability of healthcare and medical facilities in the area they plan to retire in. 4. It is important to ensure that all necessary documents, such as visas and residence permits, are in order before retiring in Nigeria. 5. Expats should also research the security situation in the area they plan to retire in, as crime rates can vary significantly across the country. 6. Expats should also consider the availability of amenities such as banks, supermarkets, and other services before retiring in Nigeria. 7. Finally, expats should ensure that they have a reliable source of income before retiring in Nigeria," remarked one expat living in Nigeria.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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