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Going To Lagos In June/July What To Do/See?  
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

I'll be going to Lagos for 2 months in summer. Just wondered if anyone has any ideas what there is to see/do when I'm not working. I've heard the stories but also heard that most of it of over hyped.

Anyone got any suggestions.

 Smile


"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Thread starter):
has any ideas what there is to see/do when I'm not working

Look to buy a gun...  Wink



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4967 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

I spent several months in lagos in 2004 and, no offence to our Nigerian a.nutters, but it was not my greatest experience. In fact, when I wasn't working, the only major distraction was to go to the bars where the expats would go. That was actually quite fun, meeting great people, but prices were not as friendly  Wink
One thing I would suggest is to visit neighbouring country Benin. I spent the easter holiday of 2004 in Cotounou and it was great! Also if you have some time, fly to Accra. Lovely city, great people and great food!
Obviously, this is all based on my own experience, so I'm sure that for other people there could be a different view!
There is so much more to say, so feel free to send me an IM or an email if you need extra info!
here are a couple of pics I took upon my arrival ... enjoy  Wink






Carp aunque ganes o pierdas ...
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5155 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

Im guessing you mean Lagos, Nigeria, and not Lagos, Portugal. In which case i cant help you.


That'll teach you
User currently offlineLima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

Go to a bookshop at get the Bradt guide to Nigeria (Lizzie Williams).

It has plenty of tips and things to do in Lagos and around. Very well written


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

I thought Lagos was extremely dangerous for foreigners no??

Kris



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2863 times:

Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 5):
I thought Lagos was extremely dangerous for foreigners no??

you can be robbed in mid-day and everyone looking at you.



Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2856 times:

Get yourself a t-shirt made before you go:

I WENT TO LAGOS AND ALL I HAD STOLEN WAS THIS LOUSY T-SHIRT

User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2848 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Thread starter):
Anyone got any suggestions.

dont get off the plane, come straight back with it!  Wink


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32782 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Thread starter):
I'll be going to Lagos for 2 months in summer. Just wondered if anyone has any ideas what there is to see/do when I'm not working. I've heard the stories but also heard that most of it of over hyped.

I don't know who told you it is over-hyped, but its not. I have never been to a city as unsafe feeling as Lagos. The city is just ridiculously depressing and dangerous. What I do reccomend, if time and money allow, is to visit neighbouring areas, especially Accra, which are beautiful, safe, and have plenty to offer. Lagos offers pretty much nothing, which is an unfortunate consequence of the fact that it is so dangerous.



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

You can try and get to Accra via land passing throu cotonou and lome. those also have nice beaches..


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

I realize that you are not an American, but you may find the attached travel advisory interesting.



Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


This information is current as of today, Mon Apr 10 17:27:05 2006.

NIGERIA
February 17, 2006

This Travel Warning is being re-issued to note the deteriorating security situation in the Niger Delta region. It supersedes the Travel Warning for Nigeria issued January 20, 2006.

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the dangers of travel to Nigeria. The lack of law and order in Nigeria poses considerable risks to travelers. Violent crime committed by ordinary criminals, as well as by persons in police and military uniforms, can occur throughout the country.

The security situation in the Delta region has deteriorated significantly. Travel to the region remains very dangerous and should be avoided. On January 11, 2006, one American and three other expatriates aboard an oilfield service vessel were kidnapped off the coast of Bayelsa State. Over the last several months, the region has been subjected to a series of attacks on oil company facilities that may be coordinated and have resulted in the death of over twenty security personnel. A militant group claiming responsibility for the recent kidnapping has made public threats against oil company employees and their families, demanding they leave the region.

In recent months, Lagos and Abuja have also witnessed spikes in crime. Some expatriates have been robbed in the outlying Lagos suburb of Lekki, and in Abuja, the Maitama area has seen a series of home invasions. In a working class section of mainland Lagos, an October 2005 clash between police and residents left several dead. Even Victoria and Ikoyi Islands, which are generally safer than other parts of Lagos, have experienced attempted bank robberies, and have seen an increase in smash-and-grab car robberies, including some involving expatriates.

Religious tension between some Muslim and Christian communities results in occasional acts of isolated communal violence that could erupt quickly and without warning. The states of Kano and Kaduna are particularly volatile. Rival ethnic groups have clashed violently in the Niger Delta region around Warri city and in Southeast Plateau State. Senior al-Qaida leadership has expressed interest publicly in overthrowing the government of Nigeria. Links also were uncovered connecting Nigerians to al-Qaida in 2004.

More here . . .

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_928.html

[Edited 2006-04-10 23:34:21]


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User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Thread starter):

Pull some 419 scams?


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Thanks for the replies so far.

I am actually looking forward to it. It isn't one of those places that one would normally visit, but as I'm beinf paid to go there, and it's the first oppertunity to work overseas my department has had for 6 years then might as well take the chance to experience it.

Thats one of the great things about travelling, getting to experience different cultures etc.

I hear that there is plenty of fun to be had in the hotel though, having BA/VS/KLM and AF crew staying there !!!.

Hopefully I'll at least come back with a good tan, and be a little further on with my ATPL studies !!!.

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4967 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2769 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 13):
hear that there is plenty of fun to be had in the hotel though, having BA/VS/KLM and AF crew staying there

What hotel will you be staying at? I stayed a few weeks at one of Lagos "best", the Eko (at the time it was part of Le Meridien) and it honestly sucked!

regards  Smile



Carp aunque ganes o pierdas ...
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2765 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 13):
Hopefully I'll at least come back with a good tan

Summer in europe is raining season in Lagos.. Well in Accra, Lagos have similar weather i am in ACC for a month during summer. we can meet up in ACC if you ever get there



Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

Quoting Soups (Reply 15):
Summer in europe is raining season in Lagos..

Just my luck !!.

Quoting Soups (Reply 15):
we can meet up in ACC if you ever get there

I think I will only have a single entry visa, so will be stuck in LOS for 2 months !!.

Thanks for the replies so far.

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

You'll be able to see the cute pets that some people keep:

http://bamph.com/images/uploads/nigerians6.jpg



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

I really can't believe you're going to LOS! You're right in saying that a lot of the speculation about the place is over-hyped, however it is still extremely dangerous. It's a great shame - Lagos was a great place to live before Nigeria became so corrupted.

I'd expect VS will advise you not to stray from the hotel or airport. Unless you're with someone who knows the area well and have security with you it's probably best to stick to whatever you're recommended to do by VS!

It will certainly be 'different'. Hopefully there's lots of fun to be had at the hotel with all the crews. Good luck!


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Quoting Shamrock_747 (Reply 18):
I'd expect VS will advise you not to stray from the hotel or airport

Yep, not allowed out of the hotel compound at all unless accompanied - not even to the Chinese Restaurant next door - but try getting the crew to understand that  crazy  - Last year a crew decided to go to the Chinese and just happened to be walking in as the armed robbers were walking out - guess what happened !!!.

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2670 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 19):
guess what happened !!!.

They ran into Sum Yung Gy?


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 13):
first oppertunity to work overseas my department has had for 6 years

Your company doesn't work in the area of internet crime by any chance?  Smile

Soren  santahat 



All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Can you stop by and pick up my $25M dollars left over from the Oil Minister who died and forgot to sign over the trust. The guy said all I need to do is bring $35,000.00 US cash to pay the trustee , and the money is mine.

So what do you thinK?



You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 20):
They ran into Sum Yung Gy?

ROTFL !!.

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 22):
Can you stop by and pick up my $25M dollars left over from the Oil Minister who died and forgot to sign over the trust. The guy said all I need to do is bring $35,000.00 US cash to pay the trustee , and the money is mine.

So what do you thinK?

Actually, I think I too got left some money by a long lost relative from Nigeria - they must have traced the family tree back to the stone age tho - my family roots are probably as Anglo Saxon as you can get !!.

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 23):
my family roots are probably as Anglo Saxon as you can get !!.

As long as you bring the $35k they will find a branch on the tree for you.

Anyway good luck! . STAY SAFE.



You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
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