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DESTINATION PROFILE:

LAGOS,
NIGERIA
Vibrant, ever-changing, and distinctly Africa

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By Alex Brits

ith a population of around 206 million,
Nigeria is the most populous country in
Africa, and 21 million of those people live
in Lagos, making it one of the largest cities
in the world. Lagos is the center of business and where most expatriates live; it
also has a young population with a median
age of 18, and about half of its residents live on less than US$2 per day.
Nigeria is the 12th-largest producer and the eighth-largest exporter of
petroleum in the world, and it has the 10th-largest proven reserves. It also
has one of the fastest-growing telecommunications markets in the world,
and its finance sector is well developed. Nigerian-manufactured brands,
such as Zinox computers and electronics and Innoson Motors, are gaining
prominence as the nation embraces industrialization. Lagos has also
become known as the heart of Africa's tech scene, with one of the largest
tech hub ecosystems in Africa. Before the COVID-19 lockdowns and social
distancing recommendations, increasing numbers of co-working spaces
were popping up to cater to the new breed of digital nomads making the
city their home.
When business travel and global assignments begin to resume, expatriates arriving in Lagos will find themselves in one of the fastest-growing
cities in Africa. Lagos gets a poor ranking by many living standard
measures, which consider political and social stability, crime rates, and
access to quality health care. Nevertheless, once expatriates get over
the initial culture shock, there is more to Lagos than power cutoffs and
traffic jams, with plenty to explore. And despite the chaos, expats can't
deny that Nigerians are a friendly, exuberant people.
As a young nation, its cultural identity is still being defined. There
exist more than 300 indigenous cultures, each with its own food, dress,
language, festivals, and way of life. However, a distinctly Nigerian way
of doing things that is industrious, resilient, good-humored, improvisational, and flexible has emerged as a key characteristic, together with a
sense of style, fashion, and music that is at once African and cosmopolitan. "We are masters of improvisation, always able to go with the flow,"
says one Nigerian.

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