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Regarded as one of Africa’s economic powerhouse nations, Nigeria is also Africa’s most populated. Nigeria is the main crude oil producing country in Africa, accounting for roughly 25% of the continent’s supply.
This vast country is located on the Gulf of Guinea and bordered by Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Vegetation varies from mangroves and rainforests in the southern regions to woodland and grass savannah in the north.
National parks abound for safari opportunities and one of Africa’s few remaining rainforests can be found here with its unique animal species. In the cities, the nightlife is vibrant and daily business thrives. However, much of the old culture and traditions remain in the smaller villages dotted throughout the land.
The refined city of Abuja is the country’s capital and the main centre of industry.
English is Nigeria’s official language and their currency is the Nigerian Naira, performing consistently on the money market.
Nigeria is a country of many facets and is a country not to be missed if travelling in Africa.
Things to do
Nigeria’s beaches along the Atlantic shores are stunningly beautiful. Some, like Lekki beach are popular tourist destinations, others have a long and painful slave history such as Coconut beach in Badagry and the more remote and untouched beaches are to be found around Calabar.
Follow the slave trade in Badagry, a living museum showcasing slavery dating back to the 16th century. Places of interest include the Topo Island Catholic Settlement, Vlekete Slave Market, the Slave Port and Toyimi Slave Well.
Experience village life to see how palm oil (and wine) is processed and black soap is made. The soap ingredients consist of plantain peels, palm leaves and cocoa seed ash. Occasionally villagers operate illegal kai-kai distilleries to produce an alcohol similar to gin.
Even if you’re not a fisherman, attending the Argungu Fishing Festival in Kebbi State in March is a... Show more