10 Reasons To Visit Nigeria In Your Lifetime

10 Reasons To Visit Nigeria In Your Lifetime


Nigeria is one of the most underrated places on this planet - yes it's true. It's has the largest population in Africa and many various ways of life. This list contains just few reasons why you should go to Nigeria before you die.

1. Food

This is definitely one of the best things because there are local foods from nearly all the 500+ ethnic groups and everyone prides themselves on being able to cook one thing or the other. Also, Nigerian spices are amazing and second to none.

2. Hospitality

Nigerians are very friendly people. It's weird. We go through a lot being citizens of a developing country, but are still able to care for people outside ourselves and our families.

3. Fashion

Go outside on any given street on any given day and you'll see styles you've never seen before. Seriously. Nigerians are highly creative and it seems I see new outfit styles everyday. Also, the price to get these custom clothes and accessories as a tourist is affordable.

4. Photo opportunities

This list shows cities like Port Harcourt, Uyo, Calabar, and Abuja and their great sights.

5. Weather

One of the best things about Nigeria. I say there are basically two seasons - rainy and hot. No snow, hardly any hail or floods, and most importantly, rarely any natural disasters. Our weather is one of the priceless gifts from God.

6. Accents

Nigerian accents are on another level! There's this myth that there is a "Nigerian accent" but there really isn't. Any accent you hear is caused by either the person's tribe or where they grew up. Be sure to expect different accents from the different tribes and that's exciting.

7. Humor

This is the secret to why Nigerians don't look old. Yes, we sometimes think we're the funniest people on the face on this earth but we know laughter lightens so many burdens. Visit Nigeria because there's always humor to be found in every situation.

8. Markets

These are the main source of obtaining anything. You can get your hair done, nails done, food shopping done, and even get new clothes. Nigerian markets are one of the things I love most about Nigeria because bargaining is possible and saving money whenever it's possible is a major key.

9. Music

Nigerian music is pretty cool too. Its beats are fitting for parties or just general hype music to keep the lively spirit of the nation flowing.

10. Occasions

Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, carnivals, and even burials (of very aged people, of course) can be a lot of fun. Nigerians are so good at planning and executing parties. Such a celebration style is probably why Nigerians are generally happy and optimistic humans.

Cover Image Credit: Vay's Photography

Popular Right Now

A Letter From An Aspiring World Traveller: It's Time To Stop Stereotyping

Just because other countries are different than America, does not mean they are wrong.

"You're going into terrorist country"

"You're going to get robbed"

"They don't have air conditioning"

"It's so dangerous"

I have travelled a lot for a 19 year old and I am very thankful. I can't stand to stay in the same place for long so I am hoping to travel for work one day. On my next trip, I am going to Morocco and no one seems to be excited or supportive of my trip because of stereotypes. So from an aspiring world traveler: please take the stick out of your ass, get on a plane, and go experience what this world has to offer.

I have had people Google Morocco to tell me that it has a large Muslim population. To me, this just seems like a simple fact because Morocco and its surrounding countries are predominately Muslim. But to these people who approached me, it meant that I was heading into "terrorist country".

This idea that all Muslims are terrorists is a bit old. The Muslim population is a lot larger than the Islamic extremist population that we associate them with. You don't see Muslim children going to school or playing outside because that doesn't make for interesting headlines.

Some people seem to think that because they go to a resort in some country that they have travelled. But travel is about way more than simply going somewhere. If you've gone to an Americanized resort in some country how is that any different than going somewhere in America? Travel is about the food, the culture, the people, and the memories.

For whatever reason, there is this idea that just because countries are different than ours means they are worse off or dangerous. Just because people have different skin colors, religious beliefs, and cultures, does not mean they are wrong.

I am unbelievably excited to travel to Morocco and eat tagine, drink tea, and ride a camel. I don't want to live my life in one place with a closed off mind set. I have a heart for the world and I want to experience all it has to offer. I am tired of being told that where I am traveling to is dangerous and that I might die. Honestly, look how many shootings happen in America every day. I'm probably safer when I travel out of the country.

So no, I will not try to tell you what to believe. But I suggest you learn about a country and go visit. Go to a farmers market and avoid the touristy destinations. Put down your phone and experience something new, something real. Life is too short to be afraid.

Cover Image Credit: Pexels

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone And Try New Things When Abroad

A large part of studying abroad is the choices you make on the trip, even if they seem unfamiliar.

I'm really not the person to talk about trying new things and definitely not someone who should tell you to do it. I hate trying out anything beyond my ordinary from food to regular activities. But the most important thing you need to do when studying abroad is trying new things. You're going to have the chance to be apart of things you've never heard of before. As long as it isn't too far past your comfort zone, you need to take risks when you visit different areas. This past summer I was magically able to push my fear of the unknown behind me and do all kinds of different things and it was the best decision I've ever made. These are the areas you should take risks in and also where you should place boundaries to help amp up your travel experiences.

The first thing we need to talk about is the food. If you are going to a country to learn a language or never plan on picking up some new words, picking items on the menu can be terrifying. You don't really know what your meal will be and often waiters will just pick out what they want to share with you. I only had one English menu the whole month I was gone and no experience reading Arabic or French. It was either french fries or big surprise till I got the hang of the language. Letting people surprise me with food (assuming it wouldn't bug my food allergy) made this trip absolutely amazing. Whether it was vendors giving my strange fruit or a meal where the sides are cooked in the same pot as the main dish, not a day goes by that I don't miss tajine or couscous because of biting into new experiences.

When it comes to food, I say I do eat what people in that region recommend, it is probably amazing. If you don't like it, at least you were able to partake in a part of a different traditional life. Also, consider the region you're in when ordering. Shrimp Alfredo will be amazing on the coast where the shrimp was caught that day. But if you eat it in the desert you might get sick.

The next key area of trying new things when studying abroad is the individual adventures and activities you'll be offered. Cooking classes and mountain hikes are easy to say yes to. Communal bathhouses or spending the night in the desert? A little bit scarier. You have to find out how far past your comfort zone you can go without ruining experiences for yourself. Instead of saying no to something you normally wouldn't do, set boundaries for when you want to take a break or even stop the activity. Communal bathhouses can be very fun and relaxing, but you can make it more familiar by wearing a swimsuit or washing yourself.

Often the people who are guiding you through these experiences have alternate ways of doing them. You don't have to say no to something like surfing, say you need help and most likely someone will take the time to ensure you have fun. My lack of swimming skills pushed me away from the idea of surfing, but the instructors spent 30 minutes showing me how to swim out of waves and it turned into a trip highlight. Basically, you don't have to miss out on something you really want to do. And if you absolutely do not want to try something new, that is totally okay.

Now the most important thing to do when preparing for all these new things is research where you are traveling to. Going to certain places might not be the right experience for you. If you don't like so many new things, traveling to a country that is the total opposite of where you live probably isn't a good idea. Before you apply for a program make sure you are going to feel comfortable during the time you're there. I wanted to feel like I was in a different place and have every moment different from my home life, so I chose a program in the Middle East and North African region.

If you are wanting your experience to match up to what you're familer with but still have a great experience, then look for programs that have points of familiarity so you don't constantly feel like you're doing something new. Studying abroad can be the most incredible experience is you're able to do it. You're going to have to try new things and take risks, get a good idea of those before you leave.

Cover Image Credit: pixabay

Related Content

Facebook Comments