Nigeria

Nigeria Overview

Nigeria is a nation on the west coast of Africa, and has more people than any other country in Africa. The population of Nigeria consists of more than 250 ethnic (cultural) groups. The United Kingdom gained control of Nigeria in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s and was a British colony and protectorate until 1960, when it gained independence.

Nigeria is a land of great variety. It has hot, rainy swampland’s; dry, sandy areas; grassy plains; and tropical forests. High plateaus and Rocky Mountains rise in various parts of the country. It also has an abundance of national parks to view all manner of wildlife.

CLIMATE

Most of Nigeria has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures throughout the year. The north is generally hotter and drier than the south. The average annual temperature in the north is about 85 °F (29 °C), but daily temperatures may rise above 100 °F (38 °C). The average annual temperature in the south is about 80 °F (27 °C).

The rainy season lasts from April to October in most parts of Nigeria, though it usually extends for a longer time in the south.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Abuju
POPULATION: 138.2 million
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Naira
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +234
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all travel to the Niger Delta States of Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers (including Port Harcourt) this is because of the very high risk of kidnapping, armed robbery and other armed attacks in these areas.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk