Nigeria was pretty much the only country we didn’t study much. We saw that it had an estimated 20 Million and set it as a low on our wish list. However, since a lot of countries don’t allow pets, we had to bump it up to a medium. Immediately one of our close family friends began to google Lagos, and give mom facts as dad went up and got his flag.
Some interesting facts about Nigeria:
- The populations of New York, LA, Chicago, Houston, Philidelphia, and Pheonix combined have about the same population as Lagos Nigeria.
- Lagos is the home to Nollywood.
- Lagos has the longest bridge on the continent.The bridge connects Lagos Island to the Mainland and is about 7.3 miles long.
- There are 250 Languages spoken in Nigeria.Nigeria is surrounded by countries the mainly speak French.
- There are 100,000 people in Lagos that live on a stilt city.
- It is the largest city in Africa.
- Many foods there include crayfish stock as an ingredient.
- It has some of the worst traffic in the world.
- For a long time, once a month on sanitation Saturday everyone had to clean up. No one was allowed to leave their house while some people cleaned up the streets. Apparently, that is no longer a thing. Here is an article about that: https://guardian.ng/news/lagos-state-cancels-sanitation-day/
- There are 36 states in Nigeria.
Now for some good reasons that we are going there.
- They have mostly eradicated guinea worms.
- It’s going to be a very busy Consular post and he will learn a lot by being there,
- You CAN find things from America there, you will just have to pay a lot.
- No snow, summer every day.
- If it’s not rainy, it’s sunny.
- Even thought the traffic is bad, there is no road rage.
- In the green zone, there is a movie theater, a Coldstone, and a mall.
- Fabric is supposed to be really cheap there, wich is great for someone like me who loves to sew.
- People are willing (and waiting) to help you for a small fee. This woman had her shoe fixed for $2. Her blog is amazing and really insightful.
- There are no huge bugs. There are mosquitoes and flies, but there won’t be any hand-sized cockroaches.
Cons for moving to Lagos:
- Mosquitoes. I grew up in a dry desert area, so more that three mosquito bites a year seems excessive.
- People. So many people!
- Weather. For three months straight it’s pretty much just rain. There is literally the rainy season and the dry season.
- Humidity. Even though the temperatures are usually in the 80’s, so is the humidity, making the high 80’s feel 90-100.
- Far from family. Lagos is kinda hard to get to, and the tickets are pretty expensive.
So those are some things about Lagos. I’ll try to update more often.