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THE RISE OF NIGERIAN BANKS Hot Issue: The Nigerian plus comedy ROMANTIC circuit


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Postcards Old Oyo National Park Nike Arts Gallery Emir of Kano’s Palace


What you should know


Hot Issue


Lunch time in Nigeria


Puff Puff: You can’t get enough of it!

My Nigeria


Letters and comments


Travel and holiday

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Famous firsts in Nigeria

Naija Blogger


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Carol Jiani - The rise of a music diva




Five of the best Abuja Hotels

A brief look at what you need to know before you go

The Nigerian comedy circuit


Music of Nigeria

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The rise of Nigerian banks

Love of Nigeria: Lets learn from the organisation of ants

Nigerian fashion Featuring Adebayo Jones

Featuring Ingrid Fasanya-Ulferts

African Legacy Fieldwork Adventure Holidays

First recorded flight to land in Nigeria, First female military pilot in Nigeria

Romantic Nigeria: Hot spots for your honeymoon

Palm Oil - the enigmatic oil

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Every week, I get letters and emails from new sets of people who are passionate about Nigeria, who love the country the way they love their children or their wives. This makes me to keep asking myself why this project never started ten years ago. It would have helped the country to move further forward as a peaceful loving nation where citizens would be more patriotic and the myths that foreigners are hearing would be dispelled. Nigeria needs to further rise up and reclaim leadership in several areas. Many have forgotten how Palm Kernels of Nigeria got introduced to Malaysia. Today Our Palm Kernels are still plenty but not as glamorous as that of Malaysia. But our banks are witnessing Oladimeji Adisa changes that will help protect any investors coming into Nigeria as 11 Publisher /Editor-in-Chief of them ranked high beating the best to top the chart of foremost 50 African banks. Times are gradually changing, and periods of change are periods of opportunities. No clear overview is possible, from any position; the only thing that is clear is that we must join together, share perspectives and experiences, work out our strategies and use our energies constructively to make Nigeria a better country. Despite the headlines, Nigeria still remains an investor’s heaven and an untapped tourist destination. Several events and activities are taking place in the Year 2012. Among them is our participation in the London Olympics. We are witnessing changes about the way people are now looking for information about Nigeria. This is our 9th edition and we are proud that we continue to remain strong in the promotion of our dear country to the outside world. To all our partners, we thank you for your support and to our prospective partners, we like to tell you that this is the time to join us. We are waiting for you! Oladimeji Adisa Publisher/Editor-in-Chief


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Have you heard the joke about the man who walked round with a blunt pencil? Never mind, there’s no point. Ok, did you hear the one about the nostalgic woman who was looking for the latest travel information on Nigeria? She bought a copy of CometoNigeria magazine and since then she’s never looked back. Alright, these are perhaps not the best gags in the world to open the magazine, but there is a good reason. Jokes and humour are totally free natural tonics; every time we laugh we can face the hard times, stare them out with a superior smile, casting them out where they belong like yesterdays bad news. In fact what could be better pick-me-ups than travel and humour? And this, the ninth edition of CometoNigeria has plenty of both to offer. The Nigerian comedy circuit is a fast growing industry with a wealth of new performers delighting fans both home and abroad with their unique take on Nigerian Life. In this issue we look at some of the finest of those comedians and how the circuit has changed over the past fifteen years from the early days of Opa Williams’s Night of A Thousand Laughs to the sell-out showcases of today. Such is the stirring activity within Nigerian comedy we are intending to make this a regular feature, so expect to see at least one of your favourite comedians in the near future. For readers wishing trying out a new recipe, why not look at our piece on the food with the bizarre name Puff Puff. For those who have never tried it, the best way to describe it is like a Nigerian style doughnut, which is perfect as a party snack, or for those wanting something quick, tasty, and filling. Beware, it is very greasy so ensure your copy of CometoNigeria mag is well away from those fingers! On a more sober tone, this issue also looks at the recent changes within Nigerian banking and how the current revolution in the banking industry can be a change for good. What will the future hold for Nigerian banks? This in-depth piece attempts to find the answers. Besides our regular tourism contents we have an engaging travel writing article with some amusing observations, and a new section called simply Books! Books!! Books!!! With the latest must read novels set in Nigeria, compiled by best selling author Myne Whitman. And in the world of music we feature the lady known as the Grand Diva of Disco, Carol Jiani. Most popularly known for her early 80s disco anthem ‘Hit and Run Lover’, Carol has had dance club success for over thirty years and was one of the foremost singers within the 80s Hi NRG scene. In this instance, it’s no joke; we believe there is something for everyone in this latest edition. We hope you enjoy! Neil Peacock

This edition Editor’s picks Nigerian Banks

In a space that is less than ten years, Nigeria’s ever-effervescent banking system has had to put up with some seismic shocks that gave birth to new orientations in Nigerian banking system.

Enigmatic oil

Palm oil, sometimes called “the red oil” is edible plant oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. Palm oil is like crude oil in a tree. This edition features an interesting piece highlighting the usefulness of palm oil.

Five of the best

With the wealth of wonderful destinations and hotel accommodation in Nigeria, it would be difficult to know where to start. Five of the best removes that headache with our own hotel guides and reviews.

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Old Oyo

National Park


ld Oyo National Park, the park which was named after the Old Oyo – the political capital of the Oyo Empire between the 16th and 18th centuries, spans a remarkable 2,512 sq km (970 sq mi), most of which falls in Oyo State, some extends to Kwara State. The park, which is made up of two previous native administrative forest reserves – the Upper Ogun (1936) and Oyo-lle (1941) Forest Reserves, are unique ecosystem and historical relics converted to game reserves in 1952 and finally upgraded to the present status of a National Park. Situated just about 51 km north of Ibadan city, the park houses Nile crocodile, rock python and land tortoise. The top attractions of the park which are of historical and archaeological value, are situated at the northern end of the park and these include the relics of the old city walls of Oyo Ile, the great Agbaku cave which has evidence of the stone age, the “kosomonu” hill, the old Akesan Market, Alaafin’s Palaces with crucibles of pottery used some centuries ago. The rest of the park is a wild life park covering many hectares of land and a camp site for tourists. Wild life encountered includes elephant, buffalo, antelope and baboons. Visitors can also check out the wildlife museum at Akoto base camp or try the lake cruising on Ikere Gorge Lake, mountaineering, sport fishing etc. Resources:

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Nike Art Gallery


ike Centre for Arts and Culture was opened in 1983 by Nike Olaniyi Davies in order to create jobs for young Nigerians and to encourage Nigerian women in the arts. The original idea was similar to the workshops held by Georgina Beier in Osogbo in the 1960’s that led to the creation of the “Osogbo School” for artists. Nike acquired her skills as an artist through her parents and great grandmother, who was a cloth weaver, Adire maker and Indigo dyer, and was (Iyalode) head of the village women. Her father was a basket weaver, leather worker, and traditional musician. Nike started her art work young, the way in those days education was passed on to younger members of the family by their elders in a traditional manner. She had the first of many International Exhibitions in 1970 and has had exhibitions and workshops in Nigeria, Africa, Europe, and North America. The Centre currently enrols students, while others are at present making a living selling their work, some have volunteered to stay on and teach up and coming students. Nike has art centres and galleries in Oshogbo, Lagos, Abuja and Ogidi. Visitors to Osogbo Centre will be able to see artists, the workshops and galleries of internationally known figures such as Jimoh Buraimoh, Jacob Afolabi, or Chief Oloruntoba. Apprentice yourself to a cloth dyer, or drummer, or sculptor and enjoy traditional dances and music in the evening. Resources:

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Emir of Kano’s Palace


lso known as “a settlement within a settlement”, the Emir of Kano’s Palace, which today continues to define the axis of the city, was built in the fifteenth century by Sarkin Rumfa (also Rimfa). Rumfa transformed the fabric of Kano, and was said to be the author of twelve innovations in Kano, including the palace and the Kurmi market, according to the Kano Chronicle. However, before the erection of the Gidan, or Dakin, Rumfa (House of Rumfa), there existed a palace, the south gate of which now serves as the passage from the Sarkin’s private courtyard to the royal graveyard. The 33-acre palace continues to house about 1,000 people in some of the most desirable housing in Kano. The palace grounds occupy the highest space in Kano. The entire palace complex is embraced by a wall of 20 to 30 feet high from the outside the height of which never exceeds more than 15 feet from the inside. Visitors at the turn of the twentieth century commented on the wall’s durability, which was said to have been 15 feet thick in some places. It is tapered inward and surmounted by rounded crenellations. The exterior wall, similar to the exteriors of the buildings inside the complex, is modestly decorated with shallow arched grooves traced in the mud plaster. The eleven mile wall was once surrounded by a moat with a parapeted bridge to the main south gate. The palace’s ceiling and walls are decorated with grooved patterns and bold paint. The palace undergoes constant restoration and has been replastered multiple times throughout the centuries. Resources:

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When to visit!


Entry formalities

Nigeria can be visited all year round but the traveller planning a visit should take the following into consideration: rainfalls, particularly in the south, between May and September. Rainfalls can be heavy in June and can cause some inconveniences. Temperature ranges from 23–31°C in the south, with high humidity and much higher in the north. A cooler, but dusty harmattan season usually stretches from December to January.

Nigeria’s currency is the naira (N) which is divided into 100 kobo. Currency notes are issued in denominations of N5, N10, N20, N50, N100, N500 and N1000. Coins are issued in 10K, 25K, and N1. Except for hotel bills in some hotels, foreigners can do their shopping and other business in the local currency. There are a number of Bureau De Change and banks at each international airport where the visitor can convert from local to foreign currency, and vice versa. Major banks with international branches operate electronic money transfer services, and it is safe to use your credit cards. It is safe to use your credit cards for your hotel bills and at other recognised outlets.

Visitors from the commonwealth countries as well as other nations require an entry permit, obtained in advance, and the application should be supported by a letter of invitation and a return ticket for the journey. Processing will take at least two days.





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Language English is the official language of Nigeria and it is used at all levels of administration, law, commerce and education. It is spoken with varying degrees of fluency by 50% of the population, making Nigeria the largest English speaking country in Africa. However, there are three major ethnic languages: Hausa - mainly spoken in the North; Yoruba - spoken in the West; and Igbo - spoken in the East. Another widely spoken language in Nigeria is the Pidgin English (though with varying regional influences on dialect and slang). Other Languages include Kanuri, Edo etc.



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There are no restrictions on importation of foreign currency. A currency declaration is, however required both on arrival and departure, for large sums of money in excess of US$5,000.00. Import or export of Nigerian currency is strictly limited to N5.000 (five thousand Naira only). Hotel expenses or bills may be paid for in foreign currency. Personal baggage up to 20 kilograms and belongings such as cameras and laptops for the use of bonafide visitors are admitted free of duty. In addition, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 225 grams tobacco are allowed. The importation of illegal drugs is punishable by a jail term.

Health regulations An international vaccination certificate against yellow fever (10 years) is required. Cholera (six months) is also required if coming from an infected area. Prophylactic anti-malaria and TB inoculation are recommended. Nigeria is a tropical country and therefore, it is necessary to protect yourself against malaria. It is advisable to take recommended medication from your country of departure. The most recommended drug for use in Nigeria is Chloroquine Phosphate taken once a week. To be started two weeks before departure continued throughout the stay here until two weeks after returning.


What you need to know... To enter Nigeria, a valid passport and visa are both required for nationals of virtually all countries. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the period of intended stay. All visitors to Nigeria must hold passports or ECOWAS travelling documents (for nationals from ECOWAS member countries). Citizens of countries for which Nigeria requires visas must obtain entry information and visas in advance from Nigerian embassies or consulates abroad. Visas cannot be obtained aboard planes or at the airport. Check your nearest Nigerian embassy or consulate for more information on travel requirements.



Reaching Nigeria

Baggage Examinations


By Air: There are international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt Domestic flights operate between all the major cities. Some airlines that fly to Nigeria include Arik Air (London, New york - Lagos, Abuja), British Airways (London - Abuja, Lagos), Virgin Atlantic (London Lagos), KLM (Amsterdam - Abuja, Lagos, Kano), Air France (Paris- Lagos and Port Harcourt), Alitalia (Milan -Abuja, Lagos), Turkish Airline (Istanbul -Lagos), Lufthansa (Frankfurt - Abuja, Lagos), Iberia Airlines (Madrid-Lagos), North American Airlines (Baltimore/Washington, New York - Lagos), Delta Airlines (Atlanta - Lagos). Others include China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Middle East Airlines, Qatar Airways etc.

International airports in Nigeria are staffed by Customs Officers who conduct normal checks of baggage on all international arrivals. Standard security checks are in operation at all Nigerian entry ports.

1 Jan: New Year’s Day 26 Feb: Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet) 2 Apr : Good Friday 5 Apr: Easter Monday 1 May Workers’ Day 29 May: Democracy Day 1 Oct: Independence Day 11 Sep Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) 17 Nov Eid al-Kabir (Feast of the Sacrifice) 25 Dec: Christmas; 26 Dec: Boxing Day

Getting around Public Transport: The entire country is well connected. Getting around is relatively easy, except that there could be delays owing to traffic jams in some cities. As usual, there are multitudes of coaches and buses that will take you to any part of Nigeria you wish. Self Drive / Hire Cars: Road conditions in the cities are good. Petrol is very cheap in Nigeria. Driving is on the right hand side and an International Driving Licence is required. Car hire is available in Lagos, Abuja and other major cities. By Boat:


GIFT SHOP Airport customs Visitors to Nigeria are allowed 4 litres of alcoholic beverages and 200 cigarettes duty-free. Visitors may export souvenirs, although some articles (e.g. animals skins and antiques) require an export permit. Illegal drugs of any description are not allowed into Nigeria. Please check with a Nigerian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission nearest to you for current information before departure.

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Kabir (Eid al-Adha) may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region.

Time Zone Nigeria is 1 hour ahead of GMT, meaning that during daylight savings, it would be 12:00 in London, 1:00pm in Nigeria and 8:00am in New York.

Transport by boat is not widespread unless you venture into Lagos and other riverine areas of Nigeria.

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Travel Etihad Airways continues Africa expansion with new flights to Lagos

Arik Air strengthens Lagos-London Heathrow route


ollowing the suspension of its service between the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and London Heathrow Terminal 4, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline, Arik Air is strengthening its daily service between Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and London Heathrow Terminal 4. Effective Saturday, 25th March 2012, Arik Air is suspending further flights from Abuja to London Heathrow but its daily service from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos will not be affected by this suspension. The slot issue which is forcing Arik Air to suspend the Abuja-London Heathrow service does not affect the Lagos-London Heathrow service. Arik Air has therefore put measures in place to ensure that its daily service between Lagos and London Heathrow takes care of guests who are likely to be affected by the suspension of Abuja-London Heathrow flights. Passengers wishing to travel from Abuja to London can take advantage of the airline’s daily 7:15 am Abuja-Lagos flight for onward connection to the daily Lagos-London Heathrow service. The 7:00 am Lagos-Abuja service is also available for passengers arriving Lagos from London Heathrow early morning. Additionally, Arik Air has a shuttle service from the General Aviation Terminal to the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport for those connecting Lagos-London Heathrow from Abuja. Same service is also provided for Abujabound guests arriving Lagos from London Heathrow. Arik Air’s Lagos-London Heathrow service inaugurated December 15, 2008 has become one 18


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of the most sought after services by Nigerians due to the equipment available to passengers on the route. Arik Air’s flagship Airbus A340-500 aircraft that is servicing the route is configured to take 36 passengers in the Premier class and 201 in the premium Economy class. The Premier class is complete with a fully flat bed, an on-board massage system and bar area. The Premier Class unit aboard the A340-500 is one of the most spacious of any airline in service. In the same vein, the issue of Yellow Cards which led to the disruption of Arik Air services to Johannesburg early in March has been resolved and Arik Air now operates its daily Lagos-Johannesburg flight unimpeded. The South African authorities are now accepting Yellow Cards issued by the Nigerian authorities and passengers are no longer deported on the grounds of having fake Yellow Cards. Arik Air’s Executive Vice President/Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue elaborated: “We are constantly looking to offer our passengers the very best in value and comfort as we remain committed to the UK market. We know how important the Lagos-London Heathrow route is to Nigerians and would like to assure our guests that we are fully committed to servicing the route. “Also, our guests on the Lagos-Johannesburg service now have nothing to fear as the Yellow Cards issued here in Nigeria are now accepted at the OT International Airport, Johannesburg.”


tihad Airways has announced the launch of flights to Lagos, the airline’s first destination in West Africa, from July 1, subject to regulatory approvals. The direct flights will link Abu Dhabi and Lagos six times a week and will be operated by a two class A330200 aircraft with 22 Pearl Business class and 240 Coral Economy seats. Lagos becomes the 83rd destination in Etihad Airways’ global network and the return flights will create a new link between Nigeria, Africa’s third largest economy, and the United Arab Emirates. Following the launch of services to the Seychelles in November 2011, Tripoli in March and Nairobi in April, the addition of Nigeria marks another milestone in Etihad Airways’ African expansion plans. James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The launch of services to Lagos is consistent with our strategy of targeting areas of strong growth in emerging markets. Hogan further stated that the United Arab Emirates is a major trade partner of Nigeria, which has a population of more than 150 million people, the largest in Africa and the seventh biggest in the world. The country is rich in natural resources, such as oil and natural gas. Our new point-to-point services will strengthen the oil and gas links between the UAE and Nigeria and facilitate further growth in these industries. The country is also enjoying strong economic growth driven by significant foreign investment, particularly from China, which means there is increasing demand for travel between Lagos and other emerging economies. The Lagos schedule will provide seamless connections over Abu Dhabi to key North and Southeast Asian destinations and markets in the Indian Subcontinent and Australia.


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Nigeria’s telecoms market to expand by 5.9 percent


here is heightened expectation that Nigeria’s highly competitive telecommunications market will

Lakowe Lakes Golf & Country Estate


akowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate is designed as an exclusive, secure and serene haven located some 25 minutes outside the bustling business centre of Lagos. Home owners will enjoy the security and freedom that a gated community brings, as well as the luxury of living on a pristine 18-hole golf course, complete with clubhouse. Choose to stay, and play at Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate, and you’ll also enjoy sports facilities such as a swimming pool, squash, tennis and badminton courts. The Lakowe Lakes development occupies a land area of roughly 308 hectares, and overlooks a 55 hectare man-made lake. Its prime position on the thriving and fast developing Lekki-Epe axis guarantees occupants easy access to other neighbourhoods, and to the city, taking advantage of the upgrade and expansion of the Lekki-Epe Expressway. Lakowe Lakes forms part of the larger “Lagos New Town” development project, which has been planned as a fully integrated, self sustaining municipality that will incorporate first class infrastructure. This new town has been modelled after other globally successful urban redevelopment projects.

New Town Project The “Lagos New Town” development comprises six phases of projects planned to house a population of approximately 225,000. Lakowe Lakes forms the second phase of this development. Situated between the Lekki-Epe dual carriageway and the Atlantic Ocean coast, the sites’ prime position ensures that 20


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the development, and in turn Lakowe Lakes, benefits from the Lekki-Epe modern transport network; which includes the newly planned toll Expressway, and introduction of a light rail system in the near future to create an improved transport system. This means that residents are able to take full advantage of an easy transport system that provides them full access to the city, as well as surrounding neighbourhood. Lagos New Town has been planned as a fully integrated, self-sustaining exclusive lifestyle development that will contain a mix of land uses. These have been selected to provide an optimal modern “Live, Work, Play” environment for the town’s residents, guests and tenants.

Residences The residences have been designed for homeowners to enjoy the full splendour of the golf course and lakes. Three types of plots are available to future residents, and these have been designed to suit varying tastes, and of course, budgets. These plots include 375, 500 and 1,000sqm options. A total of 1,124 plots will be available for purchase. This will allow for a total of 1,425 dwellings. Lakowe Lakes offers a variety of house types for a more unique and personal experience.

Contact For further information or sales inquiries, contact: Lakowe Lakes Suite 5, Mekunwen Road, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234 (0)1 2712922; 1 2701003 Mobile: +234 (0)700 525693 52537

expand by 5.9 per cent in between 2011 and 2016, according to a recent industry study carried out by Pyramid Research, London, United Kingdom. The report however noted the competitive landscape of Nigeria’s telecom sector has forced operating companies to roll out new infrastructure to improve coverage and quality, which has resulted in a surge of subscription growth and usage. The report entitled ‘Nigeria: New Ministry, Infrastructure Investments and ICT Policies Boost Market’ offers a precise profile of Nigeria’s telecom, media and technology sectors based on proprietary data. Ronda Zelezny-Green, Associate Research Analyst at Pyramid Research said mobile services will benefit substantially from these investments, “with the sector as a whole expanding at a rate of 5.9 per cent in dollar terms between 2011 and 2016.” According to the report, Nigerians located in remote areas will begin to gain notice because almost every operator has made overtures that indicate they plan to expand into underserved areas in order to make headway toward achieving higher levels of growth. The lack of a strong fixed-line network has boosted uptake of mobile connectivity services. Zelezny-Green said that this will be a contributing factor to the growth of 3G service, which is expected to expand at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.9 per cent between 2011 and 2016. Besides, efforts by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to revive the ailing fixed line segment of Nigeria’s telecoms market are headed in the right direction. The regulatory agency disclosed recently that actualisation of its broadband strategy and the issuance of additional fixed-line telephone licenses next year, will assist in resuscitating the fixed line segment.


Culture Leisure

LPLE signs MoU with ICTSI for Lekki Seaport


ekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the operation of the container terminal of Tolaram Port@Lekki. ICTSI has been selected as the preferred operator for a sub-concession to equip and operate the container terminal on an exclusive basis for a 20 year period, following a Request for Proposal process. The MoU will serve as a framework for a definitive and formal sub-concession agreement. Slated for completion by 2016, this visionary project - the largest of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africais promoted by the Tolaram Group in partnership with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State Government (LASG). Tolaram Port@Lekki, set within the Lagos Free Trade Zone, is strategically located 65km east of Lagos and will comprise a container terminal, a dry bulk terminal and a liquid bulk terminal with a total quay length of 1,500 meters. Given its proximity to Lagos, the facility is well connected to industrial and consumption centres of Nigeria. The container terminal will have a handling capacity of 2.5 million TEUs with a quay length of 1,200 meters, an initial draft of 14 meters, with the potential for further dredging to 16.5 meters, upon completion. These features enable the facility to allow shipping lines to call with larger vessels, to make the port into the preferred destination for the West African region. It is envisaged that LPLE shall be responsible for design and civil works with a projected investment of more than USD 1 billion. ICTSI shall, subject to execution of a definite sub-concession agreement, provide state-of-the-art equipment and IT infrastructure, and be exclusively responsible for container operation during the term of the sub-concession in line with global standards. “ICTSI is excited at having been nominated the preferred bidder for this prestigious project that will further enhance Nigeria’s position on the regional

and global maritime map,” says Enrique K. Razon Jr., ICTSI Chairman. “The port project will be our largest investment to date and reflects our confidence in the Nigerian economy. Our belief and studies have shown that this infrastructure investment will result in significant multiplier benefits for the country’s future and catalyse the industrial development of this region. It is, by far, the largest infrastructure investment by a Singaporean company in Nigeria,” says Haresh Aswani who is both Tolaram Group’s Managing Director in Nigeria and Singapore’s Honorary Consul-General to Nigeria. “The Lekki container terminal will provide a quality alternative to container handling facilities in the region, dramatically improving Nigeria’s international connectivity and its supply chains,” confirms Jens O. Floe, ICTSI Senior Vice President for Africa. “Our facility in Lekki, given its location within West Africa’s largest market, has strong potential to emerge as the region’s dominant transshipment hub,” Mr. Floe added. Nigeria’s size and profile, strong GDP growth and double-digit trade expansion have made the development of the Nigerian maritime infrastructure one of the key priorities of the NPA and the LASG. Tolaram Port@Lekkiproject is an excellent example of a successful public-private partnership (PPP), and could well turn into a role model for infrastructure development across Africa. Publicly, the project has received strong support from all levels of the Nigerian Government, both Federal and State. The decision to approve the project is an affirmation of the Government’s commitment to develop the economy through PPP initiatives. The NPA and LASG have committed to work closely with LPLE to ensure the timely completion of the project. It is such proactive initiatives by the Government that have made Nigeria one of the most attractive investment destinations, not only within Africa but also worldwide.


LETS GO THERE! Where do you want to start? From Cape Verde to Nigeria, From Mali to Senegal, West Africa presents you with a wealth of activities that will amaze your imagination.


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The Nigerian comedy circuit In what are hard times for many people, what could be more rewarding than the ability to be able to laugh and to make people laugh?



sense of humour helps us to explore the absurdities and predicaments that life challenges us. It can be the shaft of light beaming through the shuttered window which allows us to think about ourselves more clearly, and how we can change things for the better, without taking life too seriously. Laughter is well-known to act as a pure tonic reducing stress levels, releasing endorphins; giving us a sense of well-being and increasing our immunity to poor health. And with this knowledge in hand, it should be emphasised that the current crop of comedians on the Nigerian comedy circuit could be the natural remedy to our ever busy lifestyles, providing us with the necessary humour to cope with everything that life has to throw at us. Bearing this in mind, it is perhaps not surprising that the Nigerian comedy circuit is a fast growing industry with a wealth of new young performers daring to make it both home and abroad. From the success of home video entertainment in the midnineties, to the increased and improved outlets of media entertainment of which the internet has played a major part over the past fifteen years, Nigerian comedians are taking full advantage of what these openings have to offer. It is big business, not only for the media entrepreneur, but for the performer too, with sponsorship and endorsement deals coming thick and fast from banks to airlines, to media partners. It is well known within the industry that one of the most successful showcases for the development of Nigerian comedy arose with Opa Williams’s popular show Night of a Thousand Laughs. This show began in 1995 and has been the springboard for many young acts toward success by giving newcomers the opportunity to take on the open mic. It also forged good links with the Radio Africa Group, a network of media outlets across Africa - who bought into the show, proving popular with audiences in many countries. From these beginnings came the


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likes of Julius Agwu, Klint De Drunk, Basket Mouth, Gordons, Sheddi Baba and I Go Dye. Such was the success of the show that Opa is now rightfully seen in many quarters as the founding father of Nigerian comedy. In fact NOATL became almost too successful in that many spin-offs such as Crack Ya Ribs, Holy Laughter, and Laughter Fest came in the wake of its triumph following a similar style, and routines which were more or less repeated over the course of the different shows. As a result, Opa decided to call it a day on his seminal show earlier this year with a final performance in Port Harcourt on January 1st. Another argument, however, is that the sheer volume of upcoming comedy shows in Nigeria was sidelining Opa’s original creation. Whatever the reasons, Opa was overwhelmed with the reaction to its ending with requests of extra sponsorship, should its termination be a financial problem, and the fan’s responses which ranged from sadness to anger. He has since started an all-new show A Night of A Thousands Xtra, which will showcase four new comedians from four different African countries, and established popular celebrities. Recognition within comedy circles can be incredibly difficult to obtain due to the nature of humour being subjective, or sometimes not travelling well outside its own satirical boundaries. However, I Go Dye, the award winner of the most outstanding comedian on Opa Williams’s show has managed to broaden his scope by delighting audiences outside Nigeria with his cheeky style of humour. Besides opening and closing shows for international artists, the man from Abraka in Delta State, has a wealth of television appearances on his CV, and a few years ago received a hefty sum from a Swiss/Entertainment outfit Point Gate to go on a major tour called ‘Breaking The Diamond’, which visited Europe and various cities in America. Events manager Miller Allen, chose I Go Dye, due to his huge fan base and pedigree as one of Africa’s finest young comedians. Another Nigerian comedy star who is stretching his comedy style, and fashion-sense, outside his homeland is Julius D’Genius Agwu. He recently received an award for international recognition at the African Achievers Awards, held in London, and is the man behind the popular comedy show Crack Ya Ribs, which started in Lagos in 1996, and has since been imported to the UK and America. His other successful show Laff 4 Christ Sake has been running since 1994, combining jokes and gospel rhythms, which has had recent successful showcases in London with other popular Nigerian comedians such as Gordons, Seyi Law, Dan D’Humourous, Funny Bone, and Buchi, combined with singers and rap artists. UK audiences through these special nights gain a true flavour and variety of styles of the best contemporary Nigerian comedy. It is also an important means for the comedian to connect with an audience outside their homeland, or reconnect with those who have relocated from Nigeria. Julius has also proved himself to be an articulate spokesperson for promoting the evolvement of Nigerian entertainment, the link between this sector and how beneficial that can be for the economy. He also sees how important it is for the government to get behind entertainment and its performers to project a positive image of the country. Both Crack Ya Ribs and Night of a Thousand Laughs have left a huge legacy over the years, and one of the stars to make a massive impact through both outlets is Bright Okpocha, or more infamously known as Basket Mouth, one of the true leading lights of Nigerian comedy for ten years, who has recently been wowing audiences in the UK with a showcase


tour called Nigerian Kings of Comedy. This show was produced by Basket Mouth’s own production company Barons World Entertainment, and during its short run in Manchester and London, over 7,000 people attended. Recently, he has planned to make the show even bigger called African Kings of Comedy, with the Nigerian party featuring other great vessels of laughter such as Okey Bakassi, Bovi, Sim Card, Mr Patrick, and D Don. Basket Mouth’s comedy breakthrough came in 2000 when he first appeared in Night of a Thousand Laughs. However, he says that his big inspiration for following his chosen career was through the support of Ali Baba. The well known Nigerian King of Comedy helped him with the opportunity to perform at important showcases, where his act was developed in front of large audiences. In fact at one show in which Basket Mouth was an MC, Ali Baba stood up and gave him a standing ovation, the audience followed, which for him was a thrilling endorsement for an upcoming comedian. Ali also suggested that Basket should withdraw from the simple joke format of his earlier stand-up to telling stories and contribute more observational type comedy. By 2005/2006 this advice had obviously worked with him winning National Comedian of the Year and Best Stand-up Comedian of the Year Awards consecutively. He further established himself through his Basket Mouth Uncensored shows, which have travelled as far as the Ukraine, and will be appearing at this year’s Olympics in London. Moving away slightly from observational comedy, the man known as AY (Ayo Makun), is noted for his satirical angle on modern day life and skits on well-known Nigerian public figures. As well as regular stand-up his TV show AY Comedy Skits is one of those not to be missed. He is another major figure who says he owes much of his success to Ali Baba, he worked for a while as his Personal Assistant, and he believes that performing at Ali’s Fans Club Show at Victoria Garden City was the one that shot him into the limelight. Another big break came through Opa’s NOATL’s in which he performed wellreceived skits on such figures as actor Pete Edochie and the Pastor Chris Okotie. Later, he started hosting his own comedy club show called Open Mic at The Vault in Nigeria. Since then his success has catapulted, and in addition to developing his act, he is currently running a corporate entertainment company as well as helping to establish a comedy channel for HiTV, Nigeria’s multi-channel digital satellite television service. If that wasn’t enough, he has recently started his own record label called Premier Music stimulated as a result of hundreds of music artists coming to his office with their demo cds. This is a welcome sign of those who have new found wealth putting their money into useful projects for those who are looking for a stepping stone into the industry. Nigerian comedy is firmly establishing itself as big business, and with its current crop of acts who have formulated their entrepreneurial skills to forge beneficial links with the world of entertainment industry, the future for Nigerian comedy is very bright. As an alternative career, it is proving a major hit with young people, with many of today’s established performers able to earn up to 500,000+ Naira (about 2,000 pound sterling) for an hour performance. Ali Baba himself has said that what he values utmost in his career up to date is that he has been able to place Nigerian comedy in a desirable position in the entertainment industry. Further, as he said in a Guardian Life Magazine interview “... thank God that top comedians in the country are blowing up (gaining attention) and they are getting respect from people. Look at Julius Agwu, Basketh Mouth, Tee A, Okey Bakassi, AY… they are all doing well and we thank God for that.” In this piece we have only mentioned a small crop of Nigeria’s current comedy pool. In further editions there will be new updates on other comedians making their mark. Thus, if you’re favourite is not here, we trust this will be corrected in another issue, so keep laughing! 24


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t has an unusual name, which may be alien to some unfamiliar with Nigerian cuisine but for a hearty snack, that is fun to the touch and to eat, it is difficult to get enough of Puff Puff. It also very easy to make containing the simple ingredients of ground nutmeg, flour, yeast, sugar, water, Puff Puff is perfect for a party or for a night in watching your favourite film. And if it is made well it should have a light springy touch when pinched, rather like that of a sponge. Now Puff Puff should take very little time to do but one thing that is recommended to have before preparation is a deep fat fry or a deep pot. This is to fry the batter and ensure that it is cooked all the way through. Here’s what to do:

Ingredients: 250 grams (1 cup) of flour 1 level teaspoon of nutmeg Half teaspoon of table salt 3 tablespoons of sugar 1 cup of lukewarm water (for mixing) Vegetable oil (for frying in deep fat fry or deep pot) Add all the ingredients into a bowl (flour, nutmeg, sugar, and salt), and slowly add lukewarm water to the mixture whilst mixing. Mix together until the batter has a stretchy and smooth consistency, not too watery. Once you are happy with your mixture, cover the bowl tightly with aluminium foil and leave to stand for 45 minutes until the consistency has risen and contains air bubbles.

Now the frying part: Pre-heat vegetable oil in a deep fat fryer or pot. If using the former we recommend a temperature of 170 degrees centigrade. For cooking pots, gas mark 3. N.B. Ensure that the oil is at least 3 inches deep. You can test the oil is hot enough by placing a drop of batter into the fryer. If it turns golden brown and rises to the surface, then your mixture is hot enough.

Adding the mixture: Scoop up the mixture with your hand so that it is dropped into the fryer between your thumb and index finger. You want the mixture to have a spherical shape when it falls into the fry. N.B. This should not be too difficult but may take a bit of practice. Don’t feel frustrated if your Puff Puff is not the perfect rounded ball straight away! Add more mixture to the space that the fryer/pot will allow, try to avoid overcrowding. Once the underside of the Puff Puff is golden brown flip over with a wooden spoon so that the topside is fried as well. This will usually take 1 to 2 minutes either side. Once the Puff Puff is golden brown, take out with a wooden spoon, and place in a sieve on top of a layer of paper towels. Leave to stand for a minute until the excess oil has drained. Your Puff Puff is ready to eat. Enjoy! But keep a tissue close to hand, Puff Puff can be very greasy.



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ODEIGA HOUSE Who are we?

In the same way that Indian, Chinese and Mexican foods have captured the imagination of consumers worldwide and integrated themselves into the mainstream diet, Odeiga House aims to do the same with authentic African food and drink. Odeiga House Limited based in Manchester, UK, is bustling with insatiable appetite to raise the profile of Africa’s cuisines, by developing and producing authentic and premium African food products. At the heart of the brand is Quality. Every element of the product must adhere to the strict quality standards set by the company. It is essential that the customer sees all Odeiga House products as top quality. Our products must be of acceptable Taste, convey Authenticity and Success. Odeiga House seeks to present an outgoing, successful and confident brand image. We in Odeiga House Limited are justifiably proud of our rich heritage and are focused on becoming the leading brand in quality African food and drinks. Our vision is the development

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of a range of authentic African food across the complete grocery category and to make the name Odeiga House synonymous with African food.

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Our cooking sauces, marinades and dry spice blends ( are full-bodied sauces and marinades brimming with bold, unflinching flavours and simmering with authority and authenticity. Whether we are talking roasty-toasty, hot or majestically mild, every Naija™ Cooking Sauce comes with that special ‘Alafia Factor’- a subjective state of peace and calm (well-being) that many attain after enjoying our seriously delicious sauces. Check out our online video channel @ www. Our recently introduced pure fruit and dairy smoothie – Tansi™ – the Ultimate Smoothie, (pictured right) is simply heavenly; with unique selling points (, including full flavour bouquet, stable emulsion, long shelf life, high fibre and rich in beta carotenes. Unlike

other smoothies (essentially fruit purees), we are able to put pure fruit and dairy together as a stable homogenous drink, without the use of chemicals or e-additives. Other food products include fermented food products, with functional effects and health foods. Our objective is to make Odeiga House a global company by providing wider menu opportunities to food retailers, restaurants, hotels, corporate catering organisations, schools, university catering departments, the food service – airline catering services and so on. We want to work with our customers to increase their business; importers, distributors, wholesalers and partners with other food manufacturers to offer new product lines. We are also keen to partner with meaningful and serious investors to roll out more products and reap the benefits in this fast and growing sector of the African economy. Welcome to Odeiga House – the Flavours of Africa!

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Carol Jiani the rise of a music diva


he is the grand disco diva who has been setting club floors alight since the early eighties with her tough brand of high energy music. A larger than life character with a voice that takes no prisoners, Carol Jiani is revered in dance circles across the world, and is still going strong, as her recent Top Ten UK Dance Chart hit Broken with Jimmy Robinson would testify. Carol, however, is probably best known for her 1981 smash Hit And Run Lover; a song that due to its continuing popularity has been remixed and remade a number of times, most recently in 2008 as a collaboration with Didier Vanelli. Carol was born as Uchenna Ikejiani to an Igbo family in Nigeria. She enjoyed growing up in Africa as a child, however, her parents relocated to Canada, and in the mid 70s she ended up studying at Concordia University in Montreal. Carol has related this as a difficult period, adjusting to a new country and family-related issues which led to her leaving home and performing in clubs to keep a roof over her head. During this period of performing gigs she was discovered by producer Joe Le Greca, who auditioned, the then Uchenna Ikejiani for his Montreal album project. She won the golden ticket, and contributed vocals to two of the tracks on the record, Higher and Higher and If You Believe In Me. The EP is now regarded as a vintage slice of Canadian disco music. However, it would take some intervention from Glenn LaRusso of Salsoul Records, who convinced her to shorten her name to the more commercial name Carol Jiani, to get the ball rolling for the artist that audiences know today. In 1980 with the help of songwriter Sandy Wilbur and Le Greca she recorded All The People Of The World and the song that has since become her anthem and most loved track Hit and Run Lover. This song would be remixed by San Francisco based record label Moby Dick Records, and would become a major hit stateside, reaching No.4 on the US Billboard Club Play Charts. This was swiftly followed by an album of the same name.



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The follow up single Woman In Me was intended to be the next follow up big single, however, Djs discovered the vocal powerhouse flipside Mercy was the one filling the dance floors and it became her second hit. Her second album 1982’s Ask Me kept her popularity intact including the singles X-Rated and You’re Gonna Lose My Love. Another tune that came a big club smash around this time was Suzy Q’s Get On Up And Do It Again, it later transpired as late as 2006 that Carol actually sang on the track, but due to contractual obligations, the song was later re-recorded by Michelle Mills. In the mid-eighties, Carol moved to the UK and joined up with the Hi-Energy record label Record Shack. Working with the highly sought dance producer Ian Levine, she recorded the single Vanity, which reached No.1 on the UK Hi-NRG Club chart. She quickly secured a deal with MCA and recorded the classic floor filler Turning My Back and Walking Away. However, things did not work out at the label, but through the continued support of Levine and for the benefit of her fans, she eventually managed to release the song on his own label, Nightmare Records. Later, she would record a whole album of Ian Levine produced and arranged tracks called The Best of Carol Jiani, which instead of being a typical greatest hits collection, was in fact a compilation of new recordings, a few oldies, and a re-recording of her biggest hit Hit And Run Lover. The following year she returned back to Canada to team up with her old music partner, Joe Le Greca, on the 1996 album Superstar. After this collection, Carol took a hiatus from recording, but returned in the mid-noughties with a string of singles, and collaborations with contemporary producers such as Mondo and Laurent Pautrat. She also recorded a duet with Evelyn Thomas Are You Man Enough in 2008; what some fans would regard as a diva duet made in heaven. With the recent information that Carol has been offered her own TV chat show in the UK called Nollywood Talks, it is reassuring to know that long term success can sometimes pay off to wider exposure.


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Creating leaders of tomorrow NIGERIAN TURKISH INTERNATIONAL COLLEGES (NTIC) Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC), run by Surat Educational LTD, are science-oriented secondary schools, established for the pursuit of excellence throughout Nigeria, to contribute to the ongoing relationship between Nigeria and Turkey in the area of education. The school mission is to create a dynamic, favourable, and a modern conducive environment for teaching and learning in order to produce intelligent and highly socialised people who are fit to pursue higher education and become a productive member of the society. The colleges are furnished with full-fledged laboratories i.e. physics, chemistry, biology and computer. The classrooms are small in size with a maximum of 24 students, which allows the teacher to give more time for individual attention. The colleges operate as both day and boarding schools with its

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headquarters in Abuja, and branches in Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Ogun and Yobe The teaching and learning system are supported by social and educational activities spread into the academic year such as Science Fair, Mothers’ Day, End of the Year Programme, and so on. At the end of each academic year, an excursion to Turkey or other countries is organised for the students. The proprietors are striving to create the best team of teachers in Nigeria recruiting highly qualified and experienced professionals as well as also using foreign teachers who are experts in sciences. Established in 1998, NTIC has become one of the most renowned and respected colleges in Nigeria aiming to arrest the Mathematics phobia at the foundation level of the education system, thereby sensitising, encouraging and motivating the interest of

students in the study of Mathematical Sciences, thus paving the way for excellent performance in the study of science subjects.

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NEXT ISSUE The tenth edition that will be the 2nd quarterly issue of CometoNigeria in 2012 will be available from July, 2012 and we are covering the following topics and many more:

Hot Issue: Cultural festivals and tourism in Nigeria Music of Nigeria Nigeria at the London Olympics

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In 2012, there are several events planned to enhance trade and investment development, culture, tourism and entertainment activities, agriculture, telecommunications and technological advancement as well as Oil & Gas. Listed here are some of the events that will attract lots of visitors to Nigeria this year and also confirm the nation’s participation. The 13th edition of the West African University Games (WAGU) was hosted by University of Ilorin where about five thousand athletes and officials from not fewer than eighty eight universities across the West Africa sub region featured at the Games. The QS World MBA Tour, featuring hundreds of influential business schools, came to Nigeria for the first time. The event itself gave prospective Nigerian MBA candidates a fantastic opportunity to meet face-to-face with admissions officers from around the world. Arrangements for the prestigious Water Africa 2012 and West Africa Building & Construction 2012 international trade exhibitions, taking place on 23-25 May 2012, are also well in hand. The West Africa Building & Construction 2012 Exhibition showcases machinery, tools and techniques for the housing and infrastructure construction sector. The Nigerian Electricity Expo in Abuja will be the premier platform to gather and exchange information about strategy and technology for electric power generation and distribution. To be followed later by Nigeria International Power Expo & Conference which is an Exclusive & Focused event for the Manufacturers, Exporters/Importers, Suppliers, Whole Sellers and retailers of New & Renewable sources of Energy like Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Hydro Energy & Bio Energy. Abuja will also in September host The Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo featuring an impressive line-up of local and international speakers, delegates and exhibitors, who will gather to debate a new energy future for Africa’s most populous nation. October 1st, Independence Day celebrations take place all over the 34


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country, with the main festivities being held in the federal capital city of Abuja. Also coming up in Abuja, the Abuja International Motor Fair is the most consistent auto expo in the country coming up in October. It is distinctively designed to provide a perfect forum for automobile companies to meet their core target group, decision takers in government, conglomerates and multi-nationals in Nigeria. Others are Power Generation & Steel Production Exhibition and Conference as well as West Africa Building & Construction Exhibition and Seminars, the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo is Nigeria’s leading Alternative Energy event in line with the Roadmap to Nigeria Power Sector Reforms. There will be the Obudu Mountain Race - a mountain running event, widely regarded as the most challenging in the world. Held around the Obudu Mountain Resort, competitors run to an altitude of 1,575 metres / 5,167 feet.

Calendar of Festivals Apart from the yearly traditional festivals, there are Contemporary Festivals that contribute immensely to educational, cultural and tourism scenes. The year opened with fireworks display along the riverfront in Lagos. Lagos Carnival - this carnival is a fairly recent addition to the Nigerian calendar. It features dancers in costumes, as well as brightly coloured floats, which parade around Lagos Island. Eko International Film Festival - held in Lagos and aimed at boosting the Nigerian film industry. Filmmakers from all over the world now attend this event. Also coming up in Lagos is Muson Festival - a popular arts fest held at the Muson Centre in Lagos. The programme of events

Olympic dreams Taking place between 21st August — 23rd August 2012, the Upstream & Downstream Oil and Gas Expo is the first ever oil and gas technology event of its kind in the West African sub region, and will bring together over 3,000 key industry players and visitors. The event will be held in the prestigious International Conference Centre, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, and hosted by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and other Governmental Agencies of West African states. It is expected to be declared open by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

includes a choral concert and jazz evening. Nigeria International Book Fair - staged at the University of Lagos to showcase books by local and international authors. This popular book fair is open to the general public. There is also the Abuja International Film and Video Festival - a showcase for the very best of cinema in Nigeria, locally known as ‘Nollywood’. The Abuja Carnival as well as the new Port Harcourt Carnival will also form part of the up and coming events of 2012. Lagos Photo, an annual photography event held to showcase the work of top local and international artists is the most attended festival for lovers of photograpy. Before the end of the year there will be MTV Africa Music Awards annual awards for Africa’s popular music artists and finally the Calabar Carnival rounding off the year with festivities from November through to January. Traditional festivals come with the customary promise of colourful parades and dazzling performances. Eyo Festival – was held early in the year on Lagos Island, at the Palace of the Oba of Lagos. Argungu Fishing Festival was cancelled in 2012 but hopefully will resurface in 2013, taking place in Argungu, Kebbi State.

Nigeria will be competing in the Olympics this summer. Nigerian athletes have qualified in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the ‘A’ Standard, and 1 at the ‘B’ Standard): track and field, canoeing, table tennis, taekwondo, slalom, weightlifting and wrestling. Chief Solomon Ogba, President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has recently announced that Nigeria’s track and field contingent to London 2012 will be officially announced on 25 June 2012. Chief Ogba said that this final announcement would mark the climax of a series of selection processes, beginning with the National Trial set to be staged between February and June.

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Onitsha, in October. Then there is the illustrious Kano Durbar Festival and other major cities and towns in the northern Nigeria twice during the two Islamic holidays of Eid El Kabir and Eid El Fitr to look forward to. A similar festival in the south is the Ojude Oba Festival in Ijebu Ode. Also Iko Festival is going to take place in Ihievbe, Edo State. The Iko is an initiation ceremony for local girls. Ukpe Festival - an annual ritual held in Ewossa, Ewohimi, Ewatto, Ebelle and Ogwa, to pray for prosperity. Igue (Ewere) Festival - in Benin City. Visitors can expect much costumed dancing, battle recreations and a parade leading to Oba’s Palace. This festivity is staged to celebrate the seasonal yam harvest. Next is the Nwaotam Festival - held in Port Harcourt every year and Oki Festival - a social celebration staged in Rivers State, where traditional dancers dress up and perform as fish, including the sword shark. Within the Niger Delta are festivals such as the Ikwerre, Kalabari, and Okrika festivals, to celebrate the water spirits of their community. The masqueraders wear carved headdresses that imitate the heads of fish or water birds. Yearly, many communities, including those in the north, have a version of the harvest festival. In the south, this is often a new yam festival, celebrated when the first of the season’s yams are ready to eat.

Others festivals are: Ivbamen Festival, an initiation ceremony for boys, to be held held in Ozalla Enugu State. Osun Osogbo Festival is not too far off on the horizon, in August, closely followed by Ofala Festival,

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The rise of Nigerian banks How many revolutions make a change for good? How many revolutions must a nation endure before she can secure a real paradigm shift from the less than perfect past? The answers our friend is not blowing in the wind it lies in the bundle of surprises called Nigeria, a riddle wrapped up in mystery, with some doses of delights thrown in between.



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n a space that is less than ten years, Nigeria’s ever-effervescent banking system has had to put up with some seismic shocks that gave birth to new orientations in banking at different eras of two of the most remarkable game-changers of contrasting styles in Nigeria’s never-a-dull-moment history. First was the Soludo Revolution, choreographed by the man with the baritone voice that possesses the alluring charm that can seduce hearts, win friends and influence people. The man came with a swagger that staggered, and like a real cowboy on the saddle bellowed out words that banking as usual was dead and buried for good and that the age of the small players was gone for good and forever. To be up the totem pole and the leader-board of the new architecture, he was inspired by the desire to weed out the small players of banking for the new banks of his dream to attain new premier league status, promoters had to cough out a minimum capital of N25 billion (US$ 170 million) by December 2005 to belong. One of the blue-eyed wonder-boys of the economic-savvy Obasanjo regime then playing under the string of the orchestrator-in-chief, our own Ngozi Iweala-Okonjo, he has had his way, but powerful gods with feet of clay in the financial sector who had their jolly-good fellows in the then National Assembly, serving as lobbyists for bank owners within the creaking financial sector, also had their say. Ultimately, the will of Central Bank Enforcer, Governor Chukwuma Soludo prevailed. To meet the new recapitalisation punters came with several permutations: mergers and acquisitions (after mergers there are always acquisitions); the public offer to expand home base of capital with some characters in the banking soap opera without good character. This state of affairs was expertly brought together whilst the romance lasted under Governor Soludo, but even then it was to cover up the little



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pranks that were become a daily fare, for which Soludo swung into action to redress. Despite these few hiccups, in which some of the now failed banks played some lead starring role in their own soap opera, it was easy to see that some banks had emerged in our domestic and emerging global markets as potent forces to be reckoned with on their way to developing into potential major players in the global stage. Some of these banks, which are still rock-solid today include First Bank, GTBANK, Zenith Bank, DIAMOND BANK, ACCESS BANK and so much more. There were however some banks that rode the crest of the wave on the strength of well-orchestrated media hype and the permissive culture of loose surveillance which allowed them to artfully dodge good scrutiny that came unravelled with the coming of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the incumbent Governor of the Central BANK. Some of these banks included the now defunct Intercontinental Bank, Oceanic Bank, Bank PHB, Spring Bank; all of which have now become history as they either have been gainfully swallowed up other stronger banks, or are in the banking labour-room creating new identities where they will find their bearing with new buyers in the market as they were not able to attract worthwhile suitors before the gong deadline for consolidation slammed on them.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR NIGERIAN BANKS? Although the global financial crisis has put Nigeria’s banking industry under significant pressure, most still believe the sector has a bright future. With a population of over 140 million, the largest in Africa and substantial mineral resources, Nigeria has always had the catalysts to support long-term growth for the banking industry and the economy overall. This is the rosy flipside of the doomsday scenario of the 1990s where the country’s crippling debt peonage and a raft of hare-brained


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ECONOMY policies that took the economy to nowhere meant that these infinite potentials and opportunities for greatness went severely untapped. At the turn of the last decade however a brave new world of measures were born that altered the face of the Nigerian financial system and the economy, for better or worse depending on which prism an observer is employing to look at the unfolding scenario. The main catalyst that triggered some positive chain-reactions came in the series of measures introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in July 2004 (13 point agenda) of which the most significant was the requirement that banks have a minimum capital of N25 billion (US$ 170 million) by December 2005. A wave of consolidation followed as banks tried to comply. The shockwave led to the scaling down of 89 unwieldy banks into 24 banks after consolidation. Some banks adroitly managed to keep their identity jealously intact, while others swiftly choreographed a marriage of convenience to beat the deadline set by the Czar of the Central Bank, Professor Soludo. Others who could not hit it off, either on a solo run or thought mergers, soon became history as they failed to meet the requirements set by the Central Bank. Due to the capital raising which featured during and after the consolidation process, growth in the sector accelerated after 2005; asset growth jumped to around 50% in the 2006-2007 periods from a range of 10%20% previously and thus began the start-up of the reign of megabanks in Nigeria and the party that came with it, along with the hangover that this induced, long after the party, with the wine-vendors coming in to collect the debts that came with the merry-making. Nigerian banks are some of the best capitalised in the world, with capital adequacy ratios (CAR) around 22%, much higher than international standards (BIS limit: 8%). Deterioration in asset quality is the main risk they currently face, especially with their margin loan 42


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exposure, although the banker-owners were lulled into a false sense of security that system capital strength was robust enough to withstand any stress and postpone the day of judgement. Margin loans gained prominence because the banks got carried away with the bull-run, which gathered pace through 2006 and 2007. Once the market began to sell off in March 2008, the inadequacy of the measures that some of the banks took to mitigate this risk was magnified. Although some began reducing their exposure shortly after, the CBN’s estimate of the industry’s total exposure of N700 billion - N800 billion ($4.7 billion - $5.4 billion) is still significant. The regulatory response to the margin loan issue was a temporary reprieve. On October 2, 2008, the CBN issued a circular, allowing the banks to reschedule their margin loan facilities till December 2009. Even at the hint of trouble the key players still resonated with rosetinted optimism, buoyed by the confidence that saw no gloom, but boom in the horizon; as reflected in this reassuring stance: ‘Beyond the current downturn, as long as regulation, government policies, corporate governance, and risk management move in the right direction, we believe the sector can deliver much of the promised potential.’ The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has however been alive to their responsibility by ensuring (and continuously assuring the public) that the fundamentals of Nigeria’s financial system are safe, sound and strong.

GOVERNOR SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI Global economic meltdown apart it was clear as daylight following nightfall, that some banks buoyed up by the euphoria of boom in the industry had started embarking on a gamblers merry cruise with treasured people’s hard-earned money and trust. Before Sanusi struck,



excessive risk-taking and abuse of depositor’s funds had become fair game for the reckless. So ominous was the outlook that banks were facing huge liquidity problems and some of them had taken facilities of between N120 million and N180 million from CBN. Some of the banks used depositors funds to finance more than 80% of their public offerings while 20% were new funds. What’s more 50% of the banks in Nigeria had negative capital and 90% of the loans were not collateralised and non-performing! No other fellow is better qualified to put his finger on the pulse of the problem than Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the CBN Governor, having had a rock-solid background that equipped him with first-hand knowledge of the banking terrain in Nigeria. On assumption of office, Sanusi recognised continuous weakness in the system despite the recapitalisation of 2005. He identified weak corporate governance, operational indiscipline and global financial crisis as the major causes of the weakness and prescribed further decisive reforms to forestall total collapse of the sector. Weakness of the financial system was recognised earlier in 2004 by the administration of the then governor of the Central Bank, Chukwuma Soludo, who took pragmatic steps to revolutionise the banking sector with the recapitalisation project through which Nigerian banks were pruned from about 89 to 24 with minimum capital requirement moved from N5 billion to N25 billion at the end of 2005. The core of the reform was to establish reliable and efficient banks that could guarantee depositors’ money. BY 2009, it was discovered that Nigerian banks could no longer conveniently fulfil their obligations to depositors, a situation which suggested that banking consolidation of 2005 was concluded on false declarations, irregular returns, lack of depth and almost qualified as a wasteful application of national human, financial and material resources. In essence, the supposed consolidation succeeded as a mere marriage of incompatible and mutually-destructive suitors. That era brought significant corporate indiscipline, fraud and discriminatory practices into banking operation and regulation in Nigeria. Unlike elsewhere in the world, Nigerian banks became obviously disconnected from the rest of the economy and the supposed core mandate as a transmission channel of monetary policies. Nigerian banks were scarcely able to commit themselves to transparent and responsible investments. The system could not guarantee credit flow to the real sector of the economy, specifically, manufacturing, agriculture and the small and medium scale enterprises that are critical to employment and income generation which are strategic to poverty alleviation. The catalytic growth acclaimed by Nigerian banks without equivalent experience in the real sector may only pass for a mere deception. The truth is that growth of the sector should logically correlate with that of the economy within which it functions. Sanusi’s entry into the seemingly rotten system with his wealth of experience from the regulated side of the “coin” critically redefined banking architecture, including governance, operations and systems ethics. His administration was critical of lack of transparency in the manner recapitalisation was implemented with doubt over whether or not banks actually raised fresh capital as claimed. He also tackled issues of excessive risks with depositors’ funds head-on with the corporate governance reform and the initiation of a specialised risk buffer system against toxic assets in the obviously troubled system. Shortly before the clamp-down on an unethical culture many of the

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ECONOMY stressed banks began to hoard cash along with an implementation of a more rigorous lending procedure, in the attempt to rebuild their balance sheets after periods of lax credit risk management, poor corporate governance and non-adherence to responsible risk management practices including excessive accumulation of non-performing loans. A raft of revolutionary corrective measures, which some critics dub ‘Shock Therapy’, were summarily put in place to correct the ailments which was tearing the body, soul and spirit of the gasping Nigerian banking system into shreds. These measures instantly gained resounding local and international applause from the world at large especially the multitude of hapless depositors whose hard-earned cash would have become trash had the rotten system not been propped up by the intervention initiatives of the Central Bank to rescue the trapped fund of the depositors. Sanusi became the champion of the emergency war against the collapse of the economy helping to reverse significant capital flight experienced in the economy during the global financial crisis and the Nigerian stock market crash. He instantly became a world-class hero earning a world-wide welcome anywhere he goes with a handful of welldeserved garlands, honours and awards, at home and abroad, as the saviour of the Nigerian economy–in–crisis. Truth well told, banking alone does not make the economy, as there are other non-negotiable elements that need to be well-orchestrated to give the economy the upsurge it desperately needs to be on the rebound. Enabling the environment for real sector revival and business is not negotiable for unrestrained flow of foreign and domestic investments. Added to that, political stability is a must as no investor will bring money into a volatile and unsafe business environment. Also, financial indiscipline and corruption must end among politicians and flow through to the entire citizenry if any serious progress is to be made in our national, economy, to give it another life. 44


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While it is true that you cannot make an omelette without breaking an egg and that every reform comes with the twin blessings of gain and pains, the regime must fashion out a compensatory mechanism in which those who are genuinely hurt are compensated by the gainers. Reforms, therefore, must have a human face. Also, there may be a need to rethink policy push against one-man or family bank.

CREDIT-WORTHY NIGERIAN BANKS Ever nursed any doubt as to whether the SANUSI Shock Therapy has started working its signs and wonders on the financial landscape. Doubt no more. You do not need to look far to see the radical changes all around us. Some banks with feet of clay have disappeared under the probing eye and clinical audit of the Central Bank; Bank PHB, Oceanic Bank, Intercontinental Bank, being amongst the ones that have been swallowed up by more virile banks or left to wait for a prospective buyer while gestating as in the incubator of a bridge-bank arrangement. Beneficiaries of this new mega-mania include the predators-in-chief Access Bank, that has gainfully swallowed the defunct InterContinental Bank; ECOBANK that has fished up Oceanic Bank, while FMCB that hooked up FinBank for life, have helped guarantee that depositors do not end up in grief for funds in the banks that lost out. Some bridge-bank solutions that have been devised by the winning combination of both the Central Bank and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) have given birth to some new entities waiting for stronger suitors to come to take them home. These new bridge-banks include Enterprise Bank, Keystone Bank and Mainstreet Bank; they have flowed into the mainstream flawlessly awaiting suitable suitors to come to their waiting arms in future engagement. But by far the cheeriest news is the resurgence of the Nigerian Banks as top of the leaderboard in robust banking perking order



in Africa. In the latest audit and ranking by world-acclaimed and highly respected THE BANKER magazine, Nigerian banks have ascended the zenith of the African perking order, with 11 Nigerian banks beating the best to top the chart of the foremost 50 African banks, and leading the charge and change to come. The Nigerian banking industry also enjoys the highest return on asset and capital asset ratio of 2.07 per cent and 16.59 per cent respectively among the big top banking countries including North African countries and South Africa. The Nigerian banks that make it to the premier league of solid banks with global ambitions include Zenith Bank, First Bank, Guaranty Trust, Access, UBA and Fidelity. Other banks playing lead starring roles in the emerging drama of Banks of substance and worth include: First City Monument, Diamond, Skye, Stanbic IBTC, and Ecobank Nigeria. Banks in Nigeria beat other African countries in the number of banks it has in the “Top 50 African Banks” as published by The Banker magazine in its revealing January 2012 edition. The Banker, which recently retained its world’s number one financial monthly publication position listed 11 Nigerian banks in the Top 50 Banks in Africa. According to The Banker’s African Editor, Mr. Paul Wallace, banks from Nigeria, South Africa and North Africa still dominate the Top 20 with “only one lender, Togo-based Ecobank came from outside of those places” in the Top 20. Wallace noted that African banks have made tremendous improvements recently and writes: “African banks have grown rapidly in the past few years. Based on the 2010 results, nineteen of them have Tier 1 Capital of more than $1 billion, a level that roughly marks the cut-off point for the world’s biggest 500 banks”. He adds that this is an impressive rise for Africa, which he noted had only 10 banks with $1 billion of Tier 1 capital or more at the end of 2007. “Moreover, 31 lenders on the continent now have capital strength of $500m or more, compared with just 13 in 2007.” Going forward, Wallace observed that more Nigerian banks, which have finally shaken off their crisis of 2009, will rise to the top especially with the merger of Access Bank and Intercontinental Bank which may make the new Access Bank become one of the Top 10 African Banks by assets. The scene is also looking good for Ecobank Nigeria with its merger with Oceanic Bank, he added. Other Nigerian banks that made good outings in different streams of The Banker’s ranking for distribution at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, include Sterling Bank, WEMA Bank and Unity Bank as the Nigerian banking industry has the highest return on assets and capital asset ratio of 2.07 per cent and 16.59 per cent respectively among the big top banking countries including North African countries and South Africa. As for the shape of things to come, the future of Nigerian banks has gold in its mouth. The futures always belong to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

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five best of the

With the wealth of wonderful destinations in Nigeria, it would be difficult to know where to start especially for those travellers on a short term visit or business travellers that want to make use of their short break out of their tight schedules. Five of the best removes the headache with our own guided tour of essential places to visit in Nigeria.



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BOLINGO HOTELS & TOWERS independence Avenue, CBD Area 10, Garki, Abuja Tel: +234 (0)9 461 5000 – 60


ROOMS Bolingo rooms come in different categories from Presidential to Executive Studio, all spacious and elegantly decorated with original artwork. Other room facilities include internet access, reading area plus work desk etc.


Bolingo Hotel & Tower, standing proud on the skyline of Abuja, has an impressive landscape and it is equipped with professional and friendly staff. Located in a serene, good and clean environment, Bolingo Hotel & Tower is one of the top hotels in Abuja. The hotel which is famous for their African nights where they showcase local drummers and musicians, is also known for the best traditional food in the city couple with an ultra modern cocktail bar. Upon arrival, guests are courteously attended to by the friendly staff before retiring to one of the elegant and stylishly furnished rooms and suites all decorated with original artworks. These 340 spacious, beautifully designed and comfortable rooms range from exotic and luxurious to presidential suites, complete with butler services, personal chefs, barman, personal shopper and chauffeur. The hotel also offers quality conferencing and

event rooms affording 10 different venues with a busy business centre. Also, all rooms come with mini bar as well as high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. The hotel’s restaurant offers a variety of local and continental breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes including soups, salads and deserts. A la Carte selections are also available. Sapphire Pool Bar with its traditional thatched roofing provides the ultimate spot to relax away from the hotel. Average room rates from $300 - $400 Contact Information: +234 (0)9 461 5000

Bolingo Hotel offers a number of possibilities when it comes to meal or snack time with their excellent selection of South African, Chilean, Californian and European wines as well as a fully licensed bar with a variety of Nigerian and imported beers.

FACILITIES Bolingo offers a well-equipped massage therapy and fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, cocktail bar with live entertainment, free car park, children’s playground, gift shop, Coffee/tea maker, internet access, Wake-up call etc.

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Hawthorn Suites 1 Uke Street, OFF AHMADU BELLO WAY, Abuja Tel: +234 9 460 3900


ROOMS Each suite has a queen size bed fitted with “Sweet Suite Linen”, a comfortable lounge area, dining area and a kitchenette. Each bathroom is fitted with either a jacuzzi bath and shower or a state of the art massage shower.


Located in a quiet area of Abuja - the nation’s capital city, Hawthorn Suites is beautifully designed and equipped with modern furniture, boasting both style and simplicity catering to everyones taste. The hotel’s reception which is on the ground floor is posh, cute, serene and homely set in a strictly aristocratic taste which adds value of importance to guests. What is more unique at Hawthorn is the fact that it is an all suites hotel which provides unbeatable comfort and value second to none. The hotel’s suites are well appointed with kitchenettes and wet bars, stocked with all the comfort and trappings of luxury needed by classy travellers with a taste for high standard and excellence. The suites offer great rooms that are all equipped with luxuriously comfortable beds and many other top-quality in-room facilities such as wireless internet access, in-room 48


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safe, wake up calls, daily housekeeping, complimentary toiletries, smoking rooms, electronic keys etc. Hawthorn Suites come with fresh and inspiring spacious living areas, creamycoloured bathrooms with bath tub and shower which provides a luxurious break from the standard utilities in other hotels. The hotel offers airport and local shuttle service as well as a 24-hour restaurant. The hotel offers free continental buffet breakfast with all compliments. It also offers a swimming pool, wellness centre, restaurant and other facilities. Average room rates from $250 - $356 Contact Information: +234 9 460 3900

Hawthorn Suite offers Hawthorn Executive Buffet; the Aso Buffet and the Zuma Buffet - each with its specialties. Guests can take their taste buds on an adventure with Indian-inspired cuisine, including tandoori, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes.

FACILITIES The hotel is equipped with state-of-theart facilities at their massage, spa and wellness centre. Guest can also relax and rejuvinate at the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool.


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894 NGOZI Okonjo Iweala Way, Utako, Abuja. Tel: +234 (0) 7084107808, 8037709249


ROOMS Spacious, clean and tastefully decorated rooms that come with state-of-the-art facilities that will make your stay much more enjoyable and memorable. The hotel prides itself in great hospitality one can hardly get anywhere else in the city.


If you are looking for a moderately charged hotel accommodation that offers luxury and comfort in Abuja, then Hotel De Bentley is a good choice. It clearly stands out in the midst of many big-name hotels in the city. The hotel is a contemporary, fashionable hotel – the absolute choice for the style-conscious guest. The hotel is an impressive synergy of stylish sophistication and luxurious elegance, combining classic contemporary design with modern trends and rich textures. Located within a conducive and serene environment of the capital city, Hotel De Bentley offers excellent value for money, considering the quality of the rooms, facilities and staff services. There is a well-kept swimming pool with waiter services. Adjacent to the pool, a small albeit sufficiently equipped gym is available with generous opening hours and a helpful 50


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instructor. Offering a unique hotel experience, from the designer bedrooms, sumptuous fine dining restaurant, to the industrial-chic destination bar, Hotel de Bentley sets out to be very different whilst at the same time, offering exceptional quality and service throughout every aspect. Staffed by a team of friendly people, the hotel offers discreet service and undivided personal attention that matches standards you would find in any top-rated hotels within the country. The hotel’s spacious rooms, all of which are tastefully decorated and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, offers total and exceptional comfort. Average room rates from $200 Contact Information: +234 (0) 8037709249

The hotel’s restaurant has a dedicated and well-trained team of staff offering an extensive continental menu and outstanding African dishes in a beautiful setting. The breakfast buffet is excellent with traditional and tasty Nigerian food.

FACILITIES The hotel’s well-maintained outdoor swimming pool is superb for relaxation and soul rejuvenation. Adjacent to the pool, a small albeit sufficiently equipped gym is available with generous opening hours and helpful instructors.


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TRANSCORP HILTON 1 Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234 (0) 9 4613000


ROOMS Transcorp Hilton has about 800 spacious rooms, tastefully furnished and stylishly decorated with original artwork on the walls. The room features include marblefitted bathrooms, high-speed wireless internet, coffee and tea maker etc.


Located in the Maitama area of Abuja and just a few minutes drive from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Transcorp Hilton is an oasis of stylish comfort and great hospitality. Staffed with friendly people that are always on hand to make you feel at home, guests at Transcorp Hilton can wake up to the panoramic views of Abuja and later take a dip in the swimming pool perhaps after a workout session or a hectic business meeting. Transcorp Hilton offers about 800 bright and spacious rooms, elegantly furnished and decorated with original artwork on the walls. The hotel rooms come with large opening windows and they are equipped with wireless internet access, a working desk and phone services to ensure the business person is kept well connected throughout their stay. You can invigorate yourself in the Hiltonia Health Club’s extensive gym with weights

and cardio machines or engage yourself with a game of tennis on the floodlit courts or badminton in the hotel’s sports hall. You can also enjoy a warm day lounging by the outdoor pool or explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area or experience local life onsite in the hotel’s Handicraft Village. As evening falls, find comfort in the inviting atmosphere of the hotel’s fine restaurants. Guests can enjoy traditional Nigerian food provided at the Bukka Restaurant, as well as the Mediterranean treats at the Zuma Restaurant. Average room rates from $450 Contact Information: +234 (0) 9 4613000

Relax after work in the hotel’s Pool Terrace where refreshing drinks, daily specials and barbecues are served in a tropical atmosphere. Bukka Restaurant which offers local cuisine and continental buffet, also worth checking out for guests that enjoy buffet-style restaurant.

FACILITIES From outdoor pool and fitness centre to tennis on the floodlit courts, Transcorp Hilton offers various activities for your enjoyment. The hotel’s casino offers all-in-one gaming machine titles which include wild cherry, hot peppers etc.

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THE NORDIC VILLA 52, Mike Akhigbe Way Jabi, Abuja Tel: +234 (0) 703 682 9922


ROOMS The hotel’s rooms are comfortably furnished, offering a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after a hard day of work. The rooms features comfortable bathroom, internet access, freshly prepared full continental breakfast etc.


The Nordic Villa is a brand new private boutique villa, furnished in a modern Scandinavian style, offering four stylish guest rooms in a peaceful and safe environment suited for both business and leisure travellers. Located in a quiet, beautiful and peaceful area of Jabi, just 10 minutes from Abuja city centre, the Nordic Villa offers excellent accommodation and services in their clean and tastefully furnished rooms. The hotel is a home away from home and definitely the best option for those that are looking for comfort and luxury at moderate charges! Nordic Villa is staffed by friendly, well-trained and helpful people, making it the perfect escape for short and long breaks as well as business travellers. The hotel’s rooms are spacious, comfortably designed and furnished. The rooms come with a king size bed and feather duvets, a large sitting area, 52


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a working desk, a flat screen television, free wireless internet access. The large bathroom features a full size bathtub and the luxury toiletries and scented candles makes the rooms ideal not only for businesses but also for a romantic getaway. Also, Nordic Villa offers free, secure parking within a gated compound. If you have specific needs in regards to vehicle storage, it’s advisable to call the hotel in advance. Another good point scored by the hotel is the airport pick-up service from Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The hotel has got everything you need for a pleasant stay in Abuja. Average room rates from $200 Contact Information: +234 (0) 0703 682 9922

Each morning from 7:00 am to 11:00 am the hotel serves a freshly prepared breakfast at a moderate charge. Throughout the day and night the lounge area offers drinks and home made light snacks in a comfortable and homely atmosphere.

FACILITIES The hotel offers facilities such as free highly secured car park, air conditioning system, in-room desktop and chair, 24 hour room service, flat screen television with Satellite TV channels, security staff etc.

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come to west Africa

Where do you want to start? From Cape Verde to Nigeria, From Mali to Senegal, West Africa presents you with a wealth of activities that will amaze your imagination. Visit

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Nigerian Webpreneurs Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales’s speech that draw applause from a Nigerian crowd recently over his statement that broadband speed in Lagos is better than that of New York City is just one aspect of the Nigerians presence in Cyberspace. A few years ago, some writers said Nigeria was lost in Cyberspace, because no worthy websites were found in the country, but today, Nigerians presence on the Internet is overwhelming. Not for the wrong reason though, the majority of today Nigerians are setting up websites that are not only appealing to a Nigeria audience but to global traffic. Any investor coming to Africa must have Nigeria as a key part of their strategy to break even quickly. The market is huge and in recent times, Nigeria tops the list of Internet users in Africa with over 45 million users and still growing. Nigerians today are not only going on Google, Facebook, Youtube,

Yahoo, Twitter or LinkedIn websites, they are actually creating websites that are making the world wide web an interesting place to be and making the launching, marketing and keeping of websites more competitive. They are creating and establishing new and unusual online businesses that will be market leaders in a few years to come. This section will announce and celebrate new and established online businesses and ideas that are making Nigerians real Internet entrepreneurs. Some are born out of interest, passion as well real business ideas.

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or those that like comics, here is a new Nigerian website called Jigida Comics which is specially created to showcase Nigerian comics. The idea was put together by Sugabelly. She is a Nigerian blogger and illustrator, and she loves Kit Kat and Sushi. A few years ago she started reading manga and then began to wonder why no one ever tells Nigerian stories. She created Jigida Comics to draw the kind of comics that she had always wanted to read. If you’re awesome you’ll want to read them too. If you’d like to see how the comics are drawn and other stuff that goes into the process of making them, check out the website’s blog!



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Top Nigerian online community

N is Nigeria’s top ranked online community. Within seven years it has grown to its dominance and opened up Nigeria to the world. Oluwaseun Osewa is the founder of whose contribution to the Nigerians presence online is without equal. No wonder his hard work had become the fastest growing forum for Nigerians and friends of Nigeria around the world. Nairaland continues to be the most visited forum in Nigeria. Apart from wanting to create a place where Nigerians at home could feel at home, Seun just wanted to succeed at something for once, and he thought Nairaland was the cheapest thing he could try. Despite several challenges and set backs in previous online ventures, Seun was determined to make a web forum where Nigerians can meet

and discuss openly, providing information about just anything that people could learn from. The number of registered members will soon reach the one million mark. Nairaland a general purpose discussion forum with a strong bias towards issues of interest to Nigerians at home is attracting enough traffic to sustain it. Most other Nigerian sites were owned and dominated by Nigerians abroad. Just like what entails abroad, the use of volunteer moderators helped Nairaland at the beginning of the project. Compared to other forums, Nairaland continues to thrive because of the founder’s local point of view, better organisation, more serious topics, guest-friendliness and the urge to keep going. Initially, Nairaland had several problems to cope with. The on and off of electricity, people not following the rules of the forum, trolling and the most difficult of all, spamming. His priority for now is to make Nairaland 10 times more efficient than it is presently. Seun does not intend to include other features like making Nairaland to become a social networking hub because he thinks you just can’t beat Facebook even if your website is perfect. Social networks benefit from ‘network effects’, which means the bigger they are, the better the experience. Facebook has grown so big that the only thing other social networks can do is die.


Top Nigerian eco-tourism website and travel writing depicting a passionate romance with nature’s endowments. He is a geologist, researcher and tourism activist. When not at work, he writes geo-scientific research papers (many of which have been published in international journals and presented at various national conferences), and travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos, making videos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potential. Last year, the website won Nigeria best travel blog award at the Nigerian Blog Awards.

N was born out of a deep admiration and love for nature as well as a quest to explore, promote and develop the numerous tourist potential of Nigeria. Considering the vast wealth of undiscovered and endangered natural tourism potential Nigeria is blessed with, aims to explore, expose and promote the unrecognised as well as undiscovered natural potential tourist sites locked up within the country’s landmass with the hope of attracting potential foreign investments, as well as initiate sustainable development opportunities in the host communities. Naijatreks strives to support the conservation of endangered fauna (animal) species in the country and promotion of arts and culture. The founder of, Folarin Kolawole loves photography

Suggest a Nigerian website or send yours to cometonigeria @googlemail. com

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love of Nigeria: lets learn from By Abiola Saba


t has been said that if you do not like the crop you are reaping, and then it is time to change the seed you are sowing. Let us like ants build our nation. Yes, ants. Many find it hard to believe that we actually have some things in common with the ants. Tiny ants? Yes the tiny ants. We can learn from the organisation of tiny ants. Ants have some virtues that are very good and if applied, it can help move our nation forward. Together, we can brilliantly contribute our share in building our nation. We can use our wealth of knowledge, intelligence and skills to help carry the heavy loads of the nation and help move our nation forward. Ants work together for the good of their colony. We Nigerians can work together for the good of our nation. By so doing we become valuable and play an important role in the progress of our nation. With the love of our nation in mind, teamwork promotes unity, honor and respect, which brings us together as a people and contributes to the progress of our nation. Ants are industrious, they work tirelessly together, and they are patient and cooperative. Teamwork is a unique quality they possess. Having and applying these qualities help us to persevere, be patient and cooperative. These are qualities that are so needed for our nation. Jim Rohn, the late motivational guru called lessons he learned from the ants as the Ants Philosophy. Jim Rohn identified some philosophies from the organisation of ants that can be applied to our country. One philosophy by Jim Rohn is that ants never quit. When you put a stick to block the ant from going forward, the ants go around, under, or over. Ants do not give up and they do not quit. So fellow Nigerians, even if we have obstacles our way, we have to keep trying, and finding ways to fulfill our goals. Nigeria will definitely reach her goal. Giving up is



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not an option. Giving up on Nigeria includes putting the country down, saying negative things about our nation, and allowing our differences to separate us instead of bring us together. Let us take pride in our nation. We cannot give up on our country. Let us use our positive talk to promote Nigeria. Let us be proud Nigerians, do not put our country down, and contribute your share to the growth and development of our country. Always have Nigeria’s interest at heart. Anywhere we go, let us promote Nigeria’s honor and glory. Calling all patriotic Nigerians, to start looking at our country through her potentials and not her failure.  It is time for us to ask ourselves what we can do for our beloved country. Let us use our wisdom to find solutions to our problems. It is time to restore our country’s greatness. Also, ants love to share. Many times when we see one ant around a crumb, within a few minutes, we see many more ants around that same crumb. Ants are united and not selfish. Ants never eat alone. They share everything with their colony. For the love of our nation, we can practice this unselfish act. Let us as Nigerian citizens share some information that will help add value to lives and eventually help promote growth of our nation. Sharing is one of the secrets to success, helping others succeed is a way of indirectly helping ourselves as well as eventual growth. Another unique quality of ants is planning. In the summer, ants plan for winter. It is no surprise that even Solomon in his wisdom acknowledged the ants. King Solomon wrote, “You idler, go to the ant, watch her ways and be wise. She has no master, no steward or overseer. She secures food in summer and stores up provisions during harvest time”. Even ants can teach us lessons that can move our nation forward. This is so important for us. In the summer, you see ants gathering food because they know summer will not last forever.

So at the time of abundance, they plan for the future. This is especially important for leadership. Let us be unselfish leaders. Leadership is not only for those that rule the nation, leadership is for us all. Many people think of changing leaders, but very few think of changing themselves. Leadership starts with individuals. Let us stop being like travel agents who want to take others to places they themselves have not been. Let us all lead our households and ourselves before we start pointing fingers at others. Let us stop the mindset of waste and plan our lives. Ants plan ahead. In summer they save for winter. Successful people are good planners. Also, leaders should stop being wasteful and selfish. Let us plan for the nation. The mindset of greed and selfishness does not help us. When we plan ahead, it will benefit our country and help move us forward. Unity is another great quality we can learn from the ants. Ants are united and march along. They operate their colonies through unity. Individual ants are so disciplined. Without dispute, they are united and march to their destination. When we all work together, it creates an overall effect that leads to greatness of our nation. Let us like ants’ work together to brilliantly build ourselves. We can use our good skills, understanding and intelligence to help carry the loads of Nigeria while being united. Fellow Nigerians, it is more important than ever to be united in our homes, communities and the country as a whole. Together, we can build a better Nigeria. We all have a role to play, and we all have work to do to move our nation forward. GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!!


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Abiola Saba is the CEO of Timeless Impact. She is a speaker, trainer, coach and partner with John Maxwell. Abiola has inspired many and continue to add value to several lives. Connect with Abiola @


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ADEBAYO JONES An impeccable stylist and captivating designer

Impeccable stylist and captivating designer whose fashions shed a positive light on modern Nigeria, fashion designer Adebayo Jones, has been creating the look that makes people walk the walk and feel great for prestigious occasions. The man regarded in industry quarters as The King of Couture and one of the pioneering African designers for over twenty years has won a whole host of awards in recognition of his talent.


fter completing a Humanities degree at University of Ife Ile-Ife in Osun State, the seeds of his gift for style were first sown in 1985 when he decided to return to his first love of fashion by enrolling at the Central School of Fashion in London. After several years working with British fashion designer Katherine Hammett, he branched out on his own before developing what is today known as the Adebayo Jones lifestyle brand. The result is a variety of design creations which continue to generate a lasting impression on industry moguls, fashion lovers and the public with his own luxurious handcrafted fabrics attuned to the comfort of the wearer. With a range that includes formal, occasional wear and wedding dresses, his recent Prêt a Porter collection displays the natural flair he is world renowned for with garments full of charm and elegance, ready to wear daytime and evening in a range of sophisticated settings. His accomplishments have led him to produce outfits for many famous clients such as the singer and actress Patti Boulaye, Miss World winner Agbani Darego, BBC newscaster Gillian Joseph, and actress and comedienne Faith Brown. And along with supplying his golden touch for those who desire an extra boost of glamour, Adebayo is a respected style consultant who in conjunction with BEN TV has presented a fashion show ‘Style with Adebayo Jones’. His passion for his art has also led him to working with various schools, colleges and universities, training their fashion students for potential future success. In a challenging medium, acknowledgment within the industry does not come easy. However, Adebayo has a range of industry awards which in recent years have come thick and fast, including the Best Nigerian in Diaspora Award at the Nigeria fashion awards held in Abuja 2009, Nigeria Best Fashion Designer Merit Award from Nigeria Arise Awards 2010, Outstanding Contribution to Fashion Award 2011 from NEL (Nigerian, Entertainment and Lifestyle) Awards 2011, and the very special Male Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 from BEFFTA (Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television, and Arts). No doubt there will be many more to come for the man for whom style is a by-word. Tellingly, in a recent interview for Yada Magazine he stated the ultimate purpose for any curious amateur desiring to go into the fashion industry: “Most of all let your reason be about the passion. The passion will sustain you through the highs and the lows. It will give you a reason to keep doing it until you succeed at it.” Yes, the fashion world may have the pulling power of travel, glitz and glamour, but passion should be the ultimate aim to be successful. Of course, that is something Adebayo Jones has in abundance. 58


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My Nigeria showcases friends of Nigeria who have either been to the country or have an interest in Nigeria. It’s an avenue for them to tell the world their thoughts about Nigeria and her people. This edition of My Nigeria features Ingrid Fasanya-Ulferts

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers? Well my name is Ingrid Fasanya-Ulferts and I am a German woman of 54. My central life is in Germany having 5 grown up children here and working as a teacher at a German primary school. I came to Nigeria twice. As I met a nice Nigerian man in Germany we got married in Lagos in summer 2010. My 4 weeks stay had been my very first time to Africa and I lost a part of my heart there. Then I came back to Nigeria in October 2010 to visit my husband who was still working on his German course at Goethe Institute in Lagos. Finally he came to Germany in March 2011. Nigeria is still living with us in our talks, plans and phone calls with Nigerian family and friends.

What do you think about this project - CometoNigeria magazine and the website? Connecting magazine and website is a very clever and up-to-date idea. I want the magazine to be more available in Germany so that I can get it whenever I like to. Though it is available online for subscribers to be paid for in a foreign currency. I would prefer to go to my bookshop to get it there in Euros. I therefore will like it to more available in Germany.

What do you think about Nigeria and would you advise anyone to visit the country? Nigeria is rich of culture and it is really a developing country as I noticed differences from my first visit to my second one. For example, bike riders had to wear helmets in October what they did not do in summer. My husband told me of a new law. I can also see that there is still a lot to do in Nigeria to make life comfortable for all. But you cannot do it with another mentality as a Nigerian mentality, so for us Europeans of today change in Nigeria seems to be slow. Well I did not visit a lot of special places, so I cannot talk about that. But I would advise somebody who is interested in coming to Nigeria that one should stay in a hotel and the first stay should not be longer than 2 weeks. As I stayed in the house of my father-inlaw (baba oko mi), I did not have any service. The climate was also very strange for me.

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culture we also like to spend holidays with the whole family this means bringing children. So there would be flight costs, hotel, food and outings. But if journeys would be well prepaired by people who know about what Europeans like as there is safety, having company, explanation, going around, nice food, seeing new things etc. this means all inclusive.

What do you think about Nigeria as a giant of Africa? Once I have been told that there are many resources in Nigeria. As I can see their is oil but so much more I do not know about. Being such a giant there should be profit on it and a good and comfortable life for all starting with education for all. But what I saw during my visits is that the most worthwhile resource is the population of Nigeria. People I met were so kind and interested that is Nigeria’s’s the people!

Is Nigeria ready for tourism? Nigeria could actually be ready for tourism. Though some hotels are too expensive and some are affordable. Only some Europeans can afford the expensive ones. But as in Nigeria most of the Europeans are not that rich and have to manage their money earned by hard work very well. In our 62


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Nigeria is progressing Current infrastructural progress in Nigeria (most especially in Lagos) is promising and highly progressive. I am particularly interested in the on-going projects in Lagos such as Eko Rail and Eko Atlantic City, which I think will open up a huge window of opportunity to young men and women in the city. I have to say big congrats to Cometonigeria magazine and the website for updating us with those impressive sceneries that proof to all good things are going on in the country. May God bless Nigeria... I would like to see more positive things about Nigeria because this is a positive project. Abdullahi Muhammed Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Editor Response: We need patience and of course good leadership. We have to change our mindset and hope that Nigeria will grow and no doubt things will change.

Great job! Where do I start? Do I start congratulating you guys on the successful production of your colourful magazine? Well, let me just start by saying I am so happy to have come across your magazine at the London Heathrow Airport. I have also checked the website which I think is awesome. What a breath of fresh air! It is good to know that there are some people out there promoting this beautiful country called Nigeria. Your magazine is superbly done and the quality of your website as well as its contents is second to none in the country. It’s highly imperative for Nigerians to promote this country rather than talking bad of the country. I believe that what you guys are doing will help to boost tourism in Nigeria. Elizabeth Ugochukwu London, UK

Editor Response: Nigeria is a blessed country and we believe that together we can promote the image of the country. Thanks for the affections!

Star Letter

Most admired brands Your last edition on Nigeria’s most admired brands revealed why Nigeria economy continue to grow despite the global downturn. In that piece, I was so glad you mentioned some of my favourite brands while I was growing up in Nigeria. The household brands such as OMO, Peak Milk etc. were the order of the day in the 80s. Please keep up the good work. Jacobs Clems

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soon. Your last edition on Nigeria’s most admired brands is the first I read and it gave me another insight to Nigeria. Please keep up with the good work. Ryan Nelson Madrid, Spain

Editor Response: We at CometoNigeria Magazine will always try to do our best to promote the country to the world.

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Editor Response: We are so glad to know that you enjoyed reading our magazine as well as the website. We have tasked ourselves to continue representing Nigeria in positive ways and contribute as well as promoting the country’s tourism sector.

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African Legacy Fieldwork Adventure Holidays WRITTEN BY: DR. PATRICK DARLING

Dr Patrick Darling is an archaeologist, a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Poole, Dorset UK. He is also the Director of African Legacy and Facilitator, Akodi Afrika (Nigeria’s first interactive museum of science and culture), Iffe Ijumu, Kogi State, Nigeria.





igeria has ruined my career but it has made my life. It all began with discovering some ancient earthworks whilst founding a new school. After mapping over a thousand kilometres in thick, thorny rainforest undergrowth around Benin City in southern Nigeria, repeatedly shredding my orienteering tracksuit, brushing tailor ants out of my hair, and pressing a biro hard to impress my survey data onto a sodden notebook, I was hooked. Not everyone’s sense of fun, perhaps, but there was the excitement of laying bare the hidden past legacy of the world’s longest ancient earthworks, of finding insights that challenged and qualified the orthodox history. After satisfying academia with a book, I came back to the hot, dry sudan savannah around Kano in northern Nigeria, where weekday lecturing was interspersed with weekend forays around the quartzite ridges of the Kazaure hills and the lunar-like landscapes of nearby laterite mesas (low plateaux). Here, thousands of circular slabs of black slag lay exposed – dramatic evidence of some of the world’s earliest iron-smelting. Plodding through loess dunes, squatting down flat on one’s heels

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to listen to the boyhood memories of farmer-blacksmiths, the haze of harmattan dust, and writing up notes under a tree in the noon-tide heat remain indelibly inscribed in my memory. Discovery is addictive when compared to the tedium of predictable UK existence; so I decided to share my addiction with others having the same desire to explore Nigeria’s spectacular visible archaeology, to record its fascinating cultural landscapes and to log its local lore. It began in the mid 1980’s with my 16 year old nephew visiting from southern USA: after a few minutes walking through Kano City, he turned to me and said: “These people have dignity!” As a result of discovering this respect, he is now working in a country adjacent to Nigeria. Then Bournemouth University archaeology students came to work with Nigerian colleagues: the rapport between them was instant as they began the surveys of Sungbo’s Eredo, a spectacular 20 metre high, 160 km long, thousand year old, kingdom boundary rampart with vertical ditch sides and associated with the Islamic Queen of Sheba. One Nigerian girl, waded up to her chin in swamp-water, and UK students experienced the hospitality


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TRAVEL/HOLIDAY of local villagers during this project. Later, this mapping of Africa’s largest single monument was to receive sustained worldwide publicity – some newspapers even claimed that the Eredo proved that the Queen of Sheba was a Nigerian! One male UK student returned to help replicate some 19th Century Igbo-Ukwu bronzes using fibre-glass: these were painted by an Igbo artist before being transported with an octagonal display case to the community museum at Igbo Ukwu. Sadly, these replicas were later stolen – but their market value was not the millions of dollars that one account would have us believe: it was, at best, a few hundred naira. This UK student befriended an Icelandic girl, who had wind of the looting of Nigeria’s ancient Nok terracotta figurines; and this chance contact led me into a game of dangerous hide-and-seek in the fight against illicit antiquities smugglers. As they are often the same gangs as drug dealers and gun runners, and as the trail seemed to lead to some of the very officials with whom I was working, I had quite a few sleepless nights! One year we had an Irish student of military history, a two metre tall English expert on global iron-smelting and a very short Devon woman an incongruous mix! We slept in local houses, the throne rooms of kings, mining huts, school classrooms and a Pilgrims’ camp: we worked with local people to help map their own monuments and record their history; and we felt the vibrant pulse of Nigeria. When we went to pay our condolences to the family of the late Professor Ade Obayemi – a Nigerian archaeologist of exceptional vision - the small lady explained at a local council meeting that, unlike her last rushed tour through Nigeria, she was really enjoying Nigeria; and she raised the loudest applause when she mentioned that she had seven children! That year we began mapping the city walls of past Nupe capitals, beginning on the River Niger with Rabba, where old men had to guide them round a course that was now all but invisible. 66


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Another year, we walked on fields overrun with army-worm to map the cultural landscape and ascertain the history of Sukur in preparation for the successful nomination for Nigeria’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way along the ancient paved walkway up the mountain, one English woman had to crouch behind a monolith when she was caught short with diarrhoea – a detail that was not included in the lyrical descriptions of the site required by UNESCO! Undaunted by this experience and, like 37% of those who have come on African Legacy Fieldwork Adventure Holidays, she liked Nigeria so much that she returned for more. Later trips included my son and daughter, together with archaeology and geography students from universities at Ibadan and Kano. We mapped deep dump ramparts in the rainforest; six metre high natural coursed rubble walls in the savannah; a skull wall; a C16th Benin war-camp; and, atop one high mountain at Sakaba, we saw ancient kingmakers with their guards clad in traditional leather loincloths. When we were about to plunge through fifteen kilometres of uncharted forest, one timid UK student hesitated and suggested going back; and a highly intelligent Nigerian girl taunted him for being a woman! A few years later, I received a big thank you from that student’s father: he said that his son had lacked confidence but that this adventure holiday had turned his boy into a man. Tourism is the world’s largest and fastest growing business. Studies have shown that backpacker tourists like us contribute much more to a country because we stay much longer and contribute at the grass roots level. Classy AB clients tend to stay only a short time in safe venues in hotels owned by expatriates or the élite. Nigeria needs to encourage backpackers: they are the most viable form of tourism for Nigeria at this stage; they strengthen ties between the peoples of different nations; they bring revenue where it is most needed; and they are provided with the experience of a lifetime.



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famous firsts in Nigeria

First recorded flight to land in Nigeria


he flight was conducted by a Squadron of Royal Air Force (RAF) Bristol fighter-aircraft, which had a base at Khartoum from where the flight originated. The squadron was made up of three (3) DH-9 bi-planes with 400 H.P. Liberty engines equipped with extra fuel tanks and special under-carriage. The Six-man team was commanded by Squadron Leader Arthur Cunningham. This flight of the RAF was later to become an annual event, starting from Cairo in the early hours of the 27th October 1925, down the Nile to Khartoum and then arriving nearly 6 days later on the 1st of November 1925 in Maiduguri and Kano using the polo fields. In his account of the experience, Cunningham revealed that around 30,000 people who welcome the aircraft were the first Nigerians to see an aircraft up close. According to Cunningham, he was taken aback by the sight of Kano’s aerodrome completely surrounded by troops holding back a huge crowd of eager Nigerians. Civil Aviation in Nigeria is a child of very humble beginnings, a spin-off of the British Colonial rule. But above all else, it is a product of a mere accident of history dating back to 1925 in the unlikeliest of places - the ancient, walled city of Kano. Through the fortune of history, the turbaned city of Kano State would go on to play a very crucial role in Nigeria’s aviation history. In 1925, the Northern city of Kano was gripped by a tense stand-off between its residents and the British colonial government officials. The British government at the time was maintaining an active Royal Air Force (RAF) base in 68


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Khartoum, Sudan. On sensing the trouble in Kano, London swiftly signaled the commanding officer of the Khartoum RAF Squadron, instructing him to fly to the Northern Nigerian city and report on the situation. Flying a Bristol fighter, the pilot made a breathtaking, but safe landing on the horse race course in Kano, thus going down in history as the first recorded aviation activity in Nigeria. Without air routes, maps or radio communications the flight was regarded as “a particularly hazardous operation”. Subsequent flights would originate from Egypt where the RAF also had a base. The landings in Kano were always spectacular and usually caused a gathering of large crowds. The earliest known commercial aviation activity in Nigeria is credited to Mr. Carpenter. Historians also posit that he frequently undertook high-risk flights between Kano and Lagos, using the rail tracks as his guide. In the early 1930s, an enterprising pilot carried a few fare-paying passengers in a sea-plane between Lagos and Warri. A combination of these spectacular flights and activities of the RAF in Nigeria soon made it expedient for the creation of aerodromes and landing grounds. Consequently, landing grounds were inspected in Maiduguri, Osogbo, Lagos, Minna, Kano and Kaduna. In 1935, the Imperial Airways later known as the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), commenced operations with flights from London to Nigeria. A 1 hour flight from Kano to Lagos today usually take one whole day in the early days, considering the early technology of the planes and their frequent refuelling stops. As aviation activities grew, the need for more aerodromes became necessary to handle the increasing aviation enterprise. By the end of 1940 Lagos had been converted into a strategic base from where aircraft were being ferried to Middle East and India as part of the war effort. By May 1946, the King of England issued an edict establishing the West African Air Transport Authority (WAATA) as well as the formation of the West African Airways Corporation (WAAC). On attaining independence in 1957 Ghana pulled out of the airline company, and in August 1958 the Nigerian government in partnership with BOAC and Elder Dempster lines formed the West African Airways Corporation (Nigeria) limited which later became Nigeria Airways. Source: Federal Aviation Authority Nigeria (FAAN)



he Nigerian Air Force recently commissioned Blessing Liman, as Nigeria’s first female military pilot, at a ceremony last December. The Nigeria Air Force is also working on revitalising its fleet and training more new pilots. Liman and 125 officer cadets of the Direct Short Service Commission Course 2010/2011 was commissioned at the 325 Ground Training Group, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base, Kaduna, Kaduna State. Air Officer Commanding Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Salihu said that, President Goodluck Jonathan had mandated the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to produce female military pilots and that the Chief of Air Staff had directed Training Commands to ensure that the task was achieved before the end of 2011. He was extremely pleased to inform the public that this mandate was eventually accomplished when Officer Cadet Blessing Liman was commissioned on December 9, 2011, as the first military pilot in Nigeria after the successful completion of the training. In all the milestones recorded till last year, there was no commissioned feminine military pilot among the officers of NAF. Though, this is not peculiar to the Nigerian Air Force alone, the big example is the US military, the primary lady pilot within the US flew in 1911, however it took the military sixty five years to recognise and train females as pilots and another seventeen years to allow them to navigate the hitherto exclusively-male space of combat aircraft. But today, Air Force B-52s and Navy Tomcats are being flown by females. The training of the cadets is significant in two folds. Firstly, it boosted the crucial aspect of manpower requirements of NAF and, secondly, the presidential mandate was intended to foster equal participatory opportunities in the national development to all categories of the Nigerian people, which was also in line with President Jonathan’s transformation agenda. Blessing Liman, now 26 years of age, from Kaduna, attended Airforce Secondary School Kaduna as well as the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology in Zaria. She’s a blessing to womenfolk, the military and the nation, judging by her achievement – and her name. Blessing who is still serving in Kaduna State believes

Blessing Liman First female military pilot in Nigeria

that it is the achievement of the Air Force not hers but called on her fellow women to see her feat as a challenge for them to explore their capabilities for nation-building.

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Romantic Nigeria where to spend your honeymoon

If you are preparing to get married soon or just fancy a romantic getaway, Nigeria is the perfect destination, offering an abundance of heavenly hotspots where you can combine sight-seeing and romance. If you don’t fall in love with each other, you are at least guaranteed to fall in love with Nigeria.



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Oguta lake La campagne Located just an hour’s drive from Victoria Island, La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, surrounded on all sides by tall palm trees, lagoon and the ocean, offers 65 acres of tropical paradise where guests can connect with the real natural environment of an African set up while still enjoying the luxury and comfort of five star facilities. This serene 5 star resort boasts first class accommodation, a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. What more could you want? Visitors are spoilt with a wide range of water sports which include fresh water fishing, ocean fishing, canoeing, hydro cycling, mountain biking and various other activities such as football, basketball, volleyball, jogging as well as safari and nature walks. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort offers the opportunity to get away from the bustling city of Lagos and have a frolicking weekend with the family - a perfect paradise for the people in love “honeymooners” to explore, engage and have fun.

Originally established some 40 years ago by the colonial rulers as their exclusive retreat, The Oguta Lake Holiday Complex has all the facilities to help you unwind. Situated in Oguta, about 40km away from Owerri, the Capital of Imo State, its fresh water lake is the largest natural lake in the state and the second largest in Nigeria after Lake Chad, and is a vital source of water, fishing and tourism for the local population. Aside from water based activities such as cruise boat services, the Complex also offers: Scottish-designed 18-hole golf course, Golf Club Bar House/Oguta Lake Motel, relic of war (mini bunker) constructed by the defunct Biafran Navy during Civic war and natural confluence of Oguta Lake and Urashi River. The Imo State Government is currently in the process of transforming the resort into a World Class Edutainment Centre, which will be known as the Imo Wonder Lake Resort and Conference Centre, or just simply Wonder Lake Resort, Nigeria.

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Kuramo waters Located in Victoria Island, Kuramo Waters is owned by the Protea Hotel, one of the top places to stay in Lagos. Taking its name from the adjacent lake, Kuramo Waters is a tourist hot spot with a wide selection of bars, barbecues and restaurants. Occasionally the spot plays host to musical shows and jamborees. The hotel itself comprises of 7 different room types, each luxurious and stylish, and is within easy reach of various places of interest, such as Silverbird Galleria, Muson Centre (which holds concerts, recitals and poetry readings, and houses a fine French restaurant), National Museum, several beautiful natural beaches, an 18 hole golf course and horse club to name a few!

Aqua vista farms Tucked away in a reclaimed mangrove swamp in the historic city of Calabar, Aqua Vista Farms is an enchanting hideaway surrounded by equatorial vegetation. Far from the hum of traffic, the resort has a tranquil peaceful atmosphere, punctuated by the chattering of the native birds and monkeys. The rooms are spacious and well equipped, and you can dine at the indoor restaurant or enjoy a delicious outdoor barbecue beside the fish pond. You can also ask the staff to take you around the pond or the river creek in a boat for a small fee. Aqua Vista Farms has a wide range of activities to keep you entertained, including table tennis, badminton, horse riding, soccer, canoeing and fishing.



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Hermitage resort This secluded resort on the unspoiled Lekki/ Ajah Peninsular is a popular holiday destination; one of the top resorts in the country. Hermitage offers sumptuous mini-villas with balconies from which you can experience magical ocean views, and a first class restaurant serving up local and international cuisine. If you are feeling active, you can go on a nature trail or try some water sports. The resort is only taking bookings from Friday to Monday, however, so you will need to make additional accommodation arrangements if you are planning a longer stay.

Obudu The Obudu Mountain Resort (formerly Obudu Cattle Ranch), in Cross River State, offers a pleasant and exciting experience and can only be reached by aeroplane. Situated 1576 metres above sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the Sankwala Mountains, its mild climate offers a welcome relief from the tropical heat, and the stunning views will take your breath away. The adventure begins with an exhilarating ride on Africa’s longest cable car system, which will ferry you from the mountain base up to the hotel reception area. Accommodation consists of chalets, bungalows and villas and, after a busy day exploring, you can dine in comfort at the cosy Terrace Restaurant and Bar, which serves local and international cuisine. During the day you can take a guided tour of the beautiful scenery and wildlife on foot or bicycle, and you can also take advantage of the fully equipped on-site gym, two floodlit tennis courts, a squash court and a natural swimming pool. You can even enjoy a spot of golf on the hotel’s 9-hole course.

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Palm oil - the enigmatic oil WRITTEN BY: DR. JOHN Y. OSAMMOR

Palm oil - ‘God’s gift to humanity’! Palm oil, sometimes called ‘the red oil’ is edible plant oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. Palm oil is like crude oil in a tree. Before the discovery of crude oil, after the partition of Africa, the Delta region of the river Niger in West Africa (Bight of Biafra and Bight of Benin) was referred to as the “Oil belt”. It supplied thousands of ship-loads of Palm oil upon which Cities like Liverpool, Bristol, were built. In this article Dr John Y. Osammor will only be focusing on a fraction of the benefits and uses of this enigmatic oil.


onsidering the nutritional and culinary use of Palm Oil, it is a common ingredient used in the cooking of almost every type of dish prepared in West Africa. This oil is the only vegetable oil that has a balance of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. This peculiar emulsion causes Palm oil to appear semi-liquid at room temperature. It has a low melting point and is not quite suitable for frying at very high temperatures, as the other constituent parts tend to burn and emit some choking fumes. The best result is achieved when used at lower temperatures or in stews. Whilst it is true that saturated fatty acids are found in animal fats and unsaturated fatty acids in plant or vegetable

fats, uniquely Palm oil has a blend of both classes of fatty acids. The unsaturated fatty acids it contains are actually many of the needed Essential Fatty acids (code named Omega 3), required for effective metabolism of fats. This group of fatty acids are called ‘Essential’ because the body cannot make it and it has to be eaten or ingested. Palm oil is the richest source of carotene, (carotenoids) such as alphacarotene, beta- carotene and lycopene, potent anti-oxidants, vitamin E and it is trans fat free. Fresh Palm oil, as is used in African cooking contains all these. It is a natural medicine! It is a hidden secret that pure vegetable oil, as sold in most retail outlets in Europe and America, is got from fractionation




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in red palm oil gives them an attractive colour. Palm oil offers a unique flavour to foods where it is introduced. In commercial terms Palm oil is so versatile that it is used in hundreds of food products worldwide, unbeknown to the traditional growers of Palm oil; foods such as margarine, white butter, chocolate and chocolate bars, cream cheese, biscuits, dry spice blends and oven chips. It is in washing powder, fabric conditioners and soaps. It is also used in cosmetics, medicines and increasingly for use in biodiesel. There has been a recent campaign, essentially by environmentalist groups against large stakeholders Palm Tree plantations. These are plantations geared towards the production of Palm oil for use as biofuel, as alternative to the ever increasing price and demand of crude oil. It is felt that large hectres of land are being sold to conglomerates for this purpose with due consideration to local needs and environmental impact, in terms of habitat and biodiversity. Governments must therefore have a more global, long-term, considered and sustainable view before sanctioning the sale of such massive portions of land. Palm oil is good for you either as food, when used in its natural form or even in its fractionated form. Palm oil was and still is a valuable economic resource for the grower countries and need to be better managed as we see in countries like Malaysia and Korea. Countries like Nigeria, whose research institutes had developed high yielding breeds must think again to ensure that the present and future generation benefit from this enigmatic commodity.

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of Palm Oil, after many of the other parts of the Palm oil has been extracted. There is the misinformation out there, that Palm oil is high in cholesterol – REAL LIE! Palm oil contains no cholesterol. Cholesterol is got from animal fats in the main. Palm oil actually helps you reduce your blood or serum cholesterol level if it is high. This was confirmed by scientists in South Africa in 2007, when they found that consumption of red Palm oil significantly reduced the level of cholesterol. Cholesterol is a type of fat that we get from animal foods, which actually performs a critical role in the structure and function of all cells in our bodies, as it is a vital ingredient or component of cell membranes development and a necessary building block for hormone formation. High blood levels of Cholesterol have been implicated in patients suffering from certain forms of heart disease, leading to angina and heart attack. Palm oil helps our bodies to properly utilise/metabolise cholesterol and other fatty acids to fulfil their normal physiological roles. In quite a number of African and Asian communities, there is strong ‘anecdotal’ evidence that Palm oil has many medicinal properties, such as in the treatment of coughs, skin allergic reactions, boils, wound healing, etc. These supposed uses need to be adequately scientifically investigated and confirmed for it could lead to new business opportunities. Palm Oil also gives the yellow colouration to food, which Africans in the Diaspora (India and the Caribbean Islands) tried to replicate by using ingredients such as Turmeric and Saffron. We also see that this practice is found in Southern Indian cuisines, a practice introduced by over 30 million Africans historically now part of the India population. Frying French fries


books set in Nigeria compiled by: MYNE WHITMAN - a Seattle based Nigerian Bestselling Author and Blogger

A love rekindled Myne Whitman

When Efe Sagay receives a transfer to the branch of a prestigious hotel chain in the Nigerian capital, she accepts it, happy to return home to family after years in the United States. Also, Nigeria is a big place, right? There should be nothing about her new city, Abuja, to remind her of the heartbreak of her relationship with ex-fiancÊ, Kevwe Mukoro. However, Efe is facing Kevwe across an office seven months later, swamped by emotions she’d thought were dead. They are unable to stay away from each other, and buried desire flares. Ultimately, passion is no match for the bitter memories of broken promises. Efe and Kevwe have to resolve the traumatic events of the past before love can be rekindled.

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Eno’s Story

Ayodele Olofintuade Eno’s Story is a simple but powerful tale about a young girl’s struggle to survive after her father disappears and she is accused of being a “witch.” It is a touching and funny story of resilience and courage, which has helped hundreds of young readers to understand a social problem which is affecting many parts of the country. The book was a finalist for the recentlyconcluded NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, beating out 126 entries this year.

Tomorrow dies yesterday

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Chimeka Garricks

In the oil rich Niger Delta, where kidnapping of oil workers is routine, a kidnapping goes awry and four friends – a ruthless career militant, an amoral oil company executive, a gentle ecowarrior and a prodigal lawyer – face the consequences of the crime. Their coming of age experience in this volatile region tests their loyalties and beliefs; and in a bleak land with a broken moral compass, friendship is redefined.


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inspirational Nigerians Inspirational Nigerians showcases Nigerians home and abroad who have been a source of inspiration to Nigerians in their respective professions. It is an avenue to celebrate their achievements and showcase their success stories to inspire other people.

Alh. Bamanga Tukur


lhaji Dr. Bamanga Tukur is a major Nigerian businessman and politician who in his diverse working life has held a number of prominent positions within various government agencies, in addition to his ongoing political and entrepreneurial career. In March 2012, he became the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP); the largest political party in Africa. Dr Tukur’s story goes back to Jada, Adamawa, a state in the north-eastern part of Nigeria, where he was born in 1935. Following his secondary education at Bauchi Secondary School, he attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. His further studies include attending the London School of Economics to study Transportation and Economics. Later, in 1965 he received his Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon returning to Nigeria, he came to national prominence by becoming Chief Executive of Nigerian Ports Authority, and Ports Manager of Lagos Ports Complex. It was during his time in this role the government built a number of extra seaports to ensure adequate resources for Nigeria’s import and export needs and to ease congestion. In 1982 he left this position to contest 78


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the Gongola gubernatorial race, as a member of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He won which ultimately gave him a three month tenure from 1st October 1983 to 31 December 1983 in the Gongola Government House which encompasses Adamwawa and Taraba States. He may have held the position for longer but his administration was curtailed by a military coup. After his period of governorship, he entered the world of entrepreneurship building a business empire as the founder and chairmen of BHI Holdings, an indigenous investment company for the Daddo Group of Companies; his background in port management and transport economics being an important factor in this success. This is further emphasised in his wealth of national appointments within the transport sector including the directorships of Nigeria Airways, the Nigerian National Shipping Line, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Central Water Transportation Company, and the Board of Customs and Excise. He has also played a significant in Africa’s socio-economic development as Executive President of the African Business Roundtable; a leading forum to promote awareness of Africa’s business, investment and trade potential with other organisations in Africa and governments internationally. Alhaji Tukur has continually pushed for unity economically and politically amongst the African nations, stating in a 2007 speech that he looks forward to the day when “that the only passport we need to be recognised as Africans is our Africanness.” In 2002 he was elected chairman of the NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development), and the same year was bestowed with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Mono (COM) by the President of Togo, His Excellency President Gnassingbe Eyadema, in recognition of his contribution to business in Africa. Despite these interests Dr Tukur has never strayed far from the realms of politics. His association with the PDP (People’s Democratic Party) goes back to 1998 when he became a founding member of PDP in its formation stages and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Party. It is with this background and his business credentials that many advisers and political experts agreed that he is a qualified candidate to take over the position of Chairman of the Party. After his succession to this position in March of 2012 Dr Tukur will take on board the task of maintaining discipline and integrity within the party, presiding over its future success combined with the all important needs and wishes of the nation. It is an arduous role but it is one he has sought for a long time and has given him a new found energy upon his recent success. In the days following his election victory he revealed to The Daily Sun, “I am here to restore the party to the vision of the founding fathers which is to be a vehicle for social justice, to provide a voice to all Nigerians.”


eter Badejo OBE is one of Nigeria’s foremost dancers, choreographers, and storytellers, and in 1990 he became the founder and artistic director of the internationally recognised, London-based dance company Badejo Arts. In 2001 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace from the Queen’s birthday honesty list for his services to dance in the United Kingdom. He came to settle in London, England, the same year he established Badejo Arts, after a long recognised history in Nigeria and the United States as director, teacher, academic and performer. In quick time his company proved without doubt to be at the leading edge of contemporary African dance theatre with its blend of traditional dance performance and British contemporary dance. Early productions, under the guidance of Peter Badejo, such as The Living Circle and Ebo Iye (Transitions) exposed his and the company’s credentials with celebrated performances of African movement with the modern form. The later Sisi Agbe Aye (Opening the Gourd of Life), a collaboration with the Paris-based Koffi Koko, was a big success touring up to 16 venues throughout the UK. Perhaps his most famed production was 2003’s Elemental Passions which had great reviews worldwide. This allowed UK audiences to experience the full force of Bata – a Yoruba ritual form of dance which is associated with the deity Sango, pronounced Shango. Peter Badejo has also established Badejo Arts as an excellent centre for school workshops, training of dance professionals; youth dance projects, and full-scale productions. Peter’s other collaborators in the UK include Ritual Theatre of Late Rufus Orisayomi, Sakoba Dance Theatre of Bode Lawal, Kokuma (History of the Drum Awakening), Irie (Agabara), Cambridge Arts Theatre, Pan Project and The Royal Exchange in Manchester. Beyond his work with Badejo Arts, Peter has directed, taught, and choreographed in places far and wide as Cuba, Bulgaria, India, Spain, South America, and the United States of America. In Liverpool, UK, he further established the practice and popularity of African dance with his work as artist in residence at Merseyside Dance Initiative. His African

Peter Badejo OBE dance classes reflected Liverpool’s Capital of Culture slogan of ‘a world in one city’ with classes centred upon the deeprooted Ivorian style blended with creative contemporary jazz. Other residencies and workshop collaborators include London Contemporary Festival, Womad, and The Birmingham Summer School. In 2003 he was named artist in residence by the Irish World Centre of University of Limerick for the Sanctuary Project. This was in recognition of his work with the Irish World Music Centre’s education work with asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland. In the same year, as Artistic Director and Head Choreographer for the 8th All African Games he led a 2,000 strong ensemble that featured in the opening and closing ceremonies. Another success came with the BBC show Strictly African Dancing, in which Peter was a consultant. Featuring six celebrities including three of Nigerian descent, singer Tunde Baiyewu, and actresses Antonia Okonma, Tupele Dorgu, performing traditional African dances with a professional company. Still committed to the cause of African dance and identity within and outside of the continent’s boundaries, Peter’s contribution to the performance arts is immense. Today, he’s still in demand for his artistic gifts as his recent appearance as choreographer for the recent 2012 Lagos Black Heritage Festival testifies. When asked how he pulled off arranging the vast colourful parade of dances and parades, his reply was affirmative “It was not easy but as they say, practice makes perfection.”

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DOMESTIC AIRLINES IN NIGERIA ADC Airlines Plc 84 Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-271-4000, 01-271-4040–5, 496-5750, 271-4020–1 Fax: +234-1-497-0086, 891-9535 Email: Website: Aero Contractors Room 2058 2nd Floor, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-271-1512, 899-6600–5, 4962570, 496-1340, 774-9723, 0802-342-2883 Email: Website: Afrijet Airlines NAHCO new building, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-493-1146–8, 288-5681, 493-3484 Email: Website: AIEP Group of Companies Old Kaduna Airport, Kaduna Tel: +234-62-236-676, 233-391 Albarka Air Services 8A Udi Street, off Aso Drive, Maitama District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-3554, 523-3576 Email: Domestic Wing, Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-470-4100 Associated Airlines Associated House, Moshood Abiola Crescent, Ikeja Arik Air Murtala Muhammed Domestic Airport, P.O. Box 10468 Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-496-6606 Fax: +234-1-497-5940 Website: Aviation Development Co. Plc (ADC) 84 Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-496-5750, 496-2230, 493-6221, 401-650

First Nation Airlines Bellview Plaza, 66B Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-493-1731–5 Website: Bristow Helicopters Nig. Ltd Domestic Wing, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-493-1731, 1-803-403-0541–2 Email: info Website: Caverton Helicopters Ozumba Mbadwe Avenue Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-790-3510, 737-9255Murtala



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Muhammed Int” Airport, Ikeji, Lagos Tel: +234-1-737-9254, 792-6435 Website: Chanchangi Airlines Nigeria Limited Plot A5/6 Kachia Road, P.O. Box 679, Kaduna South, Kaduna Tel: +234-62-231-778, 236-442, 0703-533-1135; Fax: +234-62-231-010 Website: Lagos Ofice: Lagos Airport Terminal 1 & 11, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: + 234-1-774-4660, 497-8226 Dornier Aviation Nigeria New Exit Road, General Aviation Terminal, Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-62-310-102–7, 318-843–6, 01497-8752–5, 84-231-726, Fax: +234-62-317-325 Dana Airlines Administrative Office 51 Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-280-9888 Website: EAS Airlines 29 Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-496-5802, 497-5016–7, 497-5019 Suite B201, Erisco Bompet Plaza, Duala Street, Abuja Tel: +234-9-5235656, 793-3382, Website: Hamza Air Hamza Holding Ltd, 19 Kofo Abayomi Avenue, Apapa, Lagos Tel: 01-5874957, 5874077 Harco Air Services 42 Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-90-405-024, 405-030 Harka Airlines Nig. Ltd. F6 Y.A. Ahmed Building, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna Tel: +234-62-213-085, 090-803-376 Lagos Office: 1A Simbiat Abiolo Road, Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos

Nigeria Eagle Airlines Ark Towers, Plot 17, Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island Extension, Lagos Tel: +234-1-460-0505, 271-1111 Website: Overland Airways and Travel Centre, 17 Simbiat Abiola Road, PO Box 3165, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-497-9780–5, 497-1247, 497-1250 Fax +234-1-497-9788, 493-7699 Website: Okada Air Benin Office: Airport Road, Benin City Lagos Office: Raymond Njoku Street S.W. Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-683-004, 684-689, 090-403991 Oriental Airlines 14 Simbiat Abiola Road, off Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-496-6252 Pan African Airlines Murtala Muhammed Airport (Old Domestic), Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-933-098, 496-3601, 496-3798 Sosoliso Airlines 5 Henry Adefope Street, off Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-497-1491–2, 496-1960, 270-3893 Website: Triax Airlines Ltd 1 Kings Road, New Haven, Enugu Tel: +234-42-337-777 United Air Express Airlines Olatunji House, 4th Floor, 229 Ikorodu Road, P.O. Box 2779, Ikeja, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-496-6641 Veritas Airline Nigus House, 12/14 Modupe Oshikoya Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-1556, 261-1562

IRS Airlines 1st Floor Omnia House Plot 532 IBB Way, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja Tel: +234-(0) 803-408-0234 Abuja Email: Kabo Travels/Kabo Air Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano Lagos Office: Terminal 2, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos Tel: +234-1-934-404, 497-0449,

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES IN NIGERIA Aero Contractors Room 2058 2nd Floor, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-2711512 Website: Aeroflot-Russian International Airlines 31 Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Tel: +234-1-2637223 Afriqiyah Airways Desert Wings Travels Ltd 7 Keffi Street, Ikoyi S.W, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-0276 Fax: +234-1-267-0533 Air Afrique 84 Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-4962230, 4962657 Fax: +234-1-4970086 Website:

Lufthansa German Airlines 150 Broad Street, P.O. Box 2732, Lagos Tel: +234-1-4612222 Fax: +234-1-2664459 Website:

China Southern Airlines Plot 98, Adeola Odeku, South Atlantic Petroleum Towers Victoria Island, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-4619381, 46199384

Middle East Airlines Lebanon Airline 1 Engineering Close, off Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-4348, 270-5141–2, 461-7817–8 Fax: +234-1-462-7080 Email: Website:

Delta Airlines Sky Logistics Limited 3B Sapara Williams Close, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-279-9021 Fax: +234-1-279-9021 Email: Website:

Plot 999F, Idejo Street, off Adeola Odeku Street, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-1391–5 Website:

Egypt Air 22B Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-2620087, 2712308 Fax: +234-1-2801128 Website:

Air India 2nd Floor Water Parks Plaza, 31/37 Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-4970061, 4974749 Fax: +234-1-4974750 Website:

Emirates Churchgate Building, Plot PC 30, Afribank Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-2717600; Web:

Alitalia 7 Oyin Jolayemi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-2611559, 2618106, 4962570, 4963140 Website:

Ethiopian Airlines 3 Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-7744711/2, 4611869 Fax: +234-1-4616297 Email: Web:

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Arik Air Arik Air Aviation Center, Murtala Muhammed Domestic Airport, P.O. Box 10468 Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-27999 00, 4966606 Fax: +234-1-2799392, 4975940 Email: Website: Atlantic Express Airlines West Coast Shuttle Suite 1D, Princess Court, 37 Ahmed Onibudo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-461-3804, 262-3167, 475-9391 First Nation Airlines Bellview Plaza, 66B Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234 1 493 1731-5 Email: info@ Web:

British Airways The Waterfront, Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-5870–8 Website: http://www. public/en_ng

Nigeria Eagle Airlines 9th Floor, Etiebets Place, 21 Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-320-2750, 461-2750, 320-2747, 461-2747 Web: Qatar Airways Ecobank Building (2nd Floor), Plot 21, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-463 3333 Website: http://www.qatarairways/ Saudi Air 6C Murtala Mohammed Way, Kano Tel: +234-64-627-120 Website: South African Airlines 28C Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-774-3197, 270-2681–5 Ext 109,110,111,112 Website:

Ghana Airways 128 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-2658, 269-2363, 269-1937, 269-2658 Email: Website:

Turkish Airlines 25 Karimu Kotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-271-6031–32, 2624910–12 Fax: +234-1-491-7019

Kenya Airways 1st Floor Churchgate Towers, PC 30, Afribank Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-271-9433/434/435 Fax: +234-1-2715849 Web:

Virgin Atlantic The Ark Towers, Plot 17, Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-320-2750, 461-2750, 320-2747, 461-2747 Website:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Plot 98, Adeola Odeku, South Atlantic Petroleum Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-4626124, 7747365 Fax: +234-1-2617959 Website:

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NIGERIAN EMBASSIES ABROAD If the information we have here is not accurate please send an email to with an update to help us keep each embassy’s information current.


7 Chemin Doudou Mokhtar, Ben Aknoun, Algiers, B.P. 227, Algiers 16000 Tel: +213-2-916-389, 914-254 Fax: +213-2-916-388 Email:


Juez Estrada 2746 (1425), Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel: +54-11-480-71804, 480-79445, 480-89245 Fax: +54-11-480-71782 Email: Website:


Rua Presidente Boumedienne, 120 C.P. 479, Luanda, Angola Tel: +244-2-340-084, 340-089, 340-088, 48089245 Fax: +244-2-340-089 Email:


Rennweg 25, 1031, Vienna, Austria Tel: +43-1-712-6685, 712-6686, 712-6687 Fax: +43-1-714-1402 Email: Website:


26 Guilfoyle Street, Yarralumla, Act 2600, Canberra, Australia Tel: +61-2-6282-7411, 6282-0357, 6282-0693 Fax: +61-2-6282-8471 Email: Website:


Avenue de Tervuren, 288, 1150 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32-2-762-5200, 762-9831, 762-9832, 762-3910 Fax: +32-2-762-2435, 762-3763 Email:


Avenue de France, Marina BP 2019, Cotonou 1, Benin Tel: +229-301-142, 301-879 Fax: +229-301-113


Plot 1086/92 Queen's Road, The Mali Gaborone, G.O. Box 274, Gaborone, Botswana Tel: +267-313-561 Fax: +267-351-965, 313-738


Sen. Av. Das Nascoes lote 05, Caixa Postal 03710, Brasilia, Brazil Tel: +55-61-3208-1700 Fax: +55-61-3322-1823, 3226-5192 Email: Website:


B.P. 132, Avenue d'Oubritenga, Rue de I'Hopital Quagadougou, Burkina Faso Tel: +226-30-6667–8 Fax: +226-30-5202 Email:


Douala: Boulevard de la Liberte, Akwa Douala, B.P. 1553, Douala, Republic of Cameroon Tel: +237-43-2168, 2161 Fax: +237-42-0766, 342-0766 Yaounde: B.P. 448, Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon



Tel: +237-22-3455, 4523 Fax: +237-22-35551 Email:


295 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa Ontario, Canada K2P lR9 Tel: +1-613-236-0521/3, 236-0522 Fax: +1-613-236-0529 Email: Website: http://www.nigeriahighcommottawa. com


Website: Ras Dashan Street, House No. 10, Zone l, ADM 09, P.O. BOX 1241, Asmara, Eritrea Tel: +291-1-125606 Fax: +291-1-125578

1022 Budapest, Arvacska Utca 6, H-1022 Budapest, Hungary Tel: +36-1-212-2021–2 Fax: +36-1-212-2025 Email: Website:




Bata: Zambia Street, P.O. Box 217, Bata, Equatorial Guinea Tel: +240-8-2402, 2157, 2906 Fax: +240-8-2157, 2906

Avenue B. Boganda, P.O. Box 1010, Bangui, Central African Republic Tel: +236-61-0744 Fax: +236-61-0744, 1279 Email:

Malabo: 4 Paseo de Los Cocoteros, Malabo, P.O. Box 78, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea Tel: +240-9-2386, 3194, 2583 Fax: +240-9-3385


35 Avenue Charles de Gaulle, B.P. 752, Ndjamena, Republic of Chad Tel: +235-52-2498, 2647 Fax: +235-52-3092

Azage Ayale Street, W9, K21, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tel: +251-1-550644 Fax: +251-1-552307 Email:



Juez Estrada 2746 (1425), Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel: +54-11-4807-1804, 4807-9445, 4808-9245 Fax: +54-11-4807-1782 Email: Website: http://www.


Beijing: 2 Dong Wu Jie, San Li Tun, Beijing 100600, China Tel: +86-10-6532-3631, 6532-3632, 6532-3633 Fax: +86-10-6532-1650 Email: Website: Hong Kong: Room 2403, Great Eagle Centre, 23 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China Tel: +852-2827-8813 Fax: +852-2827-8892 Email: Website:


141 Boulevard du 30 Juin, Kishasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Tel: +243-88-43273 Fax: +243-88-43274 Email:


11 Avenue Lyautey, B.P. 790, Brazaville, Republic of Congo Tel: +242-811-022, 811-031 Fax: +242-811-055


35 Boulevard De La Republique, O.I.B.P. 1906, Abidjan, Cote D'voire Tel: +225-20-223-082, 211-982, 212-328 Fax: +225-20-213-817 Website:


5th Avenue, No. 1401 (e 14 y 16) Miramar, P.O. Box 6232, Havana, Cuba Tel: +53-7-242-898, 242-091, 242-936 Fax: +53-7-242-202 Email:


13 Gabalaya Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt Tel: +202-735-6042, 735-3907, 736-7894 Fax: +202-755-7359 Email:

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173 Avenue Victor-Hugo, 75116, Paris Tel: +33-1-4704-6865 Fax: +33-1-4704-4754 Email: Website:


Avenue Leon Mba, B.P. 1191, Libreville, Gabon Tel: +241-73-2203, 0322 Fax: +241-73-2914 Email:


52 Garba Jahumpa Avenue, Bakau, P.O. Box 630, Banjul, The Gambia Tel: +220-495-803, 495-804 Fax: +220-495-803, 495-80, 494-305 Email:


Joseph Broz Tito Avenue Behind Police Headquarters, P.O. BOX: 1584 Accra, Ghana Tel: +233-21-776-158, 776-159 Fax: +233-21-774-395 Email:


Neue Jakobstr. 4, Berlin, 10179 Germany Tel: +49-30-21230 Fax: +49-30-2123-0212 Email: Website:


Yakinthon, 50, Paleo Psychico, 15452 Athens, Greece Tel: +30-1-67-18004, 18007 Fax: +30-1-67-18008


EP-4 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakaya Puri, New Delhi Tel: +91-11-2412-2142–44 Fax: +91-11-2412-2138 Email: Website:


155 Shahid Fahazi Street (formerly Fereshteh), Vali Asri, Tehran, Iran Tel: +98-21-204-4608, 204-1617, 877-4935, 877-4936, 204-0073 Fax: +98-21-877-4921


Kings and President Street, Area 601, Lane 11, House 43, AL-mansour, Baghdad, Iraq Tel: +964-1-541-9915, 542-3133, 543-1517 Fax: +964-1-543-4513


56 Leeson Park, Dublin 6, Ireland Tel: +353-1-660-4051, 660-4366 Fax: +353-1-660-4092 Website:


34 Gordon Street, P.O. Box 339, Tel-Aviv 61030, Israel Tel: +3972-3-522-2144, 522-2145 Fax: +972-3-523-7886 Email: Website:


Via Orazio 14–18, 00193, Rome, Italy Tel: +39-6-689-6231–243 Fax: +39-6-683-93264 Email: Website:


5 Waterloo Road, P.O. Box 94, Kingston 10, Jamaica 9 Tel: +1-876-968-3732, 926-0400, 926-6408, 968-7560 Fax: +1-876-968-7371 Email:


3-6-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo105-0001, Japan Tel: + 81-3-5425-8011–3 Fax: +81-3-5425-8016/21 Email: Website:


Coleah Cornich Sud, B.P. 54, Conankry, Republic of Guinea Tel: +224-461-241 Fax: +224-462-775

Lenana Road, P.O. Box 30516, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254-20-386-4116 Fax: +254-20-387-5871 Email: Website:



6 Avenida 14 de Novembro, CPO 199, Bissau, Republic of Guinea Tel: +245-20-1018 Fax: +245-20-2564


Daedonggang District, Mansudung, P.O. Box 535, Pyongyang, Democratic Peoples Rep of Korea Tel: +850-2-381-7558, 381-7168 Fax: +850-2-381-7293, 381-7613 Email:

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310–19 Dongbinggo-dong, Yongsan-ku, Seoul, Box 3754 (Zip code:140–230), South Korea Tel: +82-2-797-2370/3280 Fax: +82-2-796-1848 Email: Website: Office Hours: Mon–Fri 09:30am–17:30pm


Block 1, Street 14, House No. 25 P.O. Box 6432, Hawally, 32039 Kuwait Tel: +965-532-0794, 532-0795 Fax: +965-532-0834 Email:


Al Abir Building, 1st Floor, Adnan Hakeem Street, Bir Hassan, Beirut, Lebanon Tel: +961-1-857-614/5 Fax: +961-1-857-610 Email: Website:


Nigeria house, Oldest Congotown, Tubman Boulevard, Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia Tel: +231-227-345, 224-478, 223-579 Fax: +231-226-135 Email:


Shara Narjis, Hai AI-Zuhour, Tripopli P.O. Box 4427, Tripoli, Libya Tel: +218-21-444-3036, 444-3037 Fax: +218-21-444-3035, 444-3038 Email: Website:


85 Jalan Ampang Hilir, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +603-4251-8512, 4251-7843 Fax: +603-4252-4302 Email: Website:


Rue 34, Badalabougou SEMA-East, B.P. 57, Bamako, Mali Tel: +223-225-771, 233-973 Fax: +223-225-284, 233-974 Email:


B.P. 367, Nouakchott, Mauritania Tel: +222-523-14, 523-04, 523-46


Tel: +264 61 232101 Fax: +264 61 221639 Email: Website:

District District, Jeddah 21421, Saudi Arabia Tel: +966-2-671-6865, 670-2886, 672-1561 Fax: +966-2-670-2886, 673-0073 Email:


Riyadh: Abubakar AI-Razi Square, Abdullah Bin Khuzafah AI-Sahami Road, Diplomatic Quarters 94386, Riyadh 11693, Saudi Arabia Tel: +966-1-482-3024, 482-3982, 480-1827 Fax: +966-1-482-4134, 480-1828 Email:

Wagenaarweg 5, 2597 LL, The Hague, The Netherlands Tel: +31-70-350-1703 Fax: +31-70-355-1110 Email: Website: Office Hours: Visa processing 09:30am– 12:30pm, 14.30pm–15.30pm

3 Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road, P.O. BOX 9214, Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania Tel: +255-51-666-000–1, 666-843 Fax: +255-51-666-089 Email:


Quarter Niamey Bas, B.P. 11-130, Niamey, Niger Tel: +227-732-207, 732-410, 732-795




Islamabad: Plot 132–135, Ispahani Road, Sector G-5, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Pakistan Tel: +92-51-282-3542, 282-3547, 282-3603, 282-4104 Fax: +92-51-824-104 Email: Karachi: 55/2, 26th Street, Defence Housing Authority, Phase V, Karachi, Pakistan Tel: +92-21-584-2491, 584-2492, 584-1946 Fax: +92-2-584-2493 Website: http://www.nigeriahighcommission.


Nigeria House, 37 Siaka Stephens Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone Tel: +232-22-224-224, 224-229 Fax: +232-22-224-219


Shaw House, 16th Floor, #16-09/10 350 Orchard Road, Singapore 238868 Tel: +65-73-21743, 21578, 21742 Fax: +65-463-4847, 469-7697 Email: highcommission@nigerian-singapore. Website: http://www.nigerian-singapore.

2211 Paraiso Street, Dasmarinas Village, Makati, P.O. Box 3174, Manila, Philippines Tel: +632-843-9866, 9868, 9870, 9873 Fax: +632-843-9867 Email: Website:



Pretoria: 971 Schoeman Street, Arcadia 0083, Pretoria, South Africa Tel: +27-12-342-0805/0663/0668/0690/ 0642/0661/0947/0934/0905/0808 Fax: +27-12-342-0718 Email: Website:

Ul. Wiertnicza 94, 02952 Warsaw, Poland Tel: +48-22-848-6944 Fax: +48-22-848-5379 Email:


Avenida de Vasco da Gama, No.3, Rostelo, Lisbon 1400, Portugal Tel: +351-21-301-6189, 301-6191 Fax: +351-21-301-8152 Email:


9 Gina Patrichi Street, District-1, Bucharest, Romania Tel: +40-21-312-8685 Fax: +40-21-312-0622 Email: Website:



70 Avenue Omar Ibn EI Khattab, Agdal Rabat, Morocco Tel: +212-537-671-857, 673-856 Fax: +212-537-672-739 Email:

Ulitsa Malaya Nikitskaya 13, Moscow, Russia Tel: +7-95-690-3783, 690-3785 Fax: +7-95-956-2825 Email: Website:



Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, 821 Maputo, P.O. Box 4693, Maputo, Mozambique Tel: +258-1-490-105, 492-457 Fax: +258-1-490-991 Email:

Bairro de fevcreiro, Avenida das Nacoes Unidas, C.P. 1000, Sao Tome & Principe Tel: +239-12-25404, 52405 Fax: +239-12-25406 Email:




Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar B.P. 3129, Dakar, Senegal Tel: +221-824-6922, 4397 Fax: +221-825-8136 Email: Website:


Parque Via Reforma No. 2035 Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico D.F. C.P.11000 Tel: +52-5596-0430, 5596-9430, 5211-0112 Fax: +52-5251-6091, 5144-473, 5596-2004 Email:

4 Omuramba Road, Eros, Windhoek, Namibia


1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland Tel: +41-22-730-1414, 730-1415, 730-1416 Fax: +41-22-734-1053 Email: Website:

Jeddah: 9 AI-Oroubah Street, Mushrefah

Johannesburg: 16 Rivonia Road, Illovo 2132, Johannesburg, South Africa Tel: +27-11-442-3620 Fax: +27-11-442-3841, 442-0010 Email:

Plot 33, Nakasero Road, P.O. Box 4338, Kampala, Uganda Tel: +256-41-233-691, 233-692 Fax: +256-41-233-691, 233-692, 232-543 Email: 36 Panfilovtsev Street, Kiev, 01015, Ukraine Tel: +380-44-254-5850, 254-5851 Fax: +380-44-254-5371, 294-8856 Email: Website: http://www.nigeriaembassyukraine.


9 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5 BX Tel: +44-207-839-1244, 839-8746 Fax: +44-207-839-8746 Email: Website:


Atlanta: 8060 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30350, USA Tel: +1-770-394-5233, 394-5245, 394-6261, 394-6237 Fax: +1-770-394-4671 Email: Website: New York: 828 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017, USA Tel: +1-212-808-0301 Fax: +1-212-682-4789 Email: Website:


Calle Del Segre 23, 28002 Madrid, Spain Tel: +34-91-563-0911, 563-0971, 411-0078 Fax: +34-91-563-6320, 563-0258, 411-6700 Email: Website:

Washington: 3519 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008, USA Tel: +1-202-986-8400 Fax: +1-202-362-6541 Email: Website:



17 Sharia M'C Nimier, P.O. Box 1538, Khartoum, Sudan Tel: +249-11-779-120, 779-121, 779-122 Fax: +249-11-771-491 Email:

SWEDEN (Also accredited to Denmark, Finland, Norway)

Tyrgatan 8, 114 27, Stockholm, Sweden Tel: +46-8-246-390 Fax: +46-8-246-398 Email: Website:


Berne: 45 Zieglerstrasse, 3007 Berne, P.O. Box 574, Berne, Switzerland Tel: +41-31-384-2600, 382-0726, 382-0727 Fax: +41-31-384-2626, 384-2619 Email: Geneva: 1 Rue Richard-Wagner,

Quinta Leticia, Calle Chivacoa, Cruce con Calle Taria, Urbanizacion San Roman, Caracas 1060–A Aptd. 62063, Chactlo, Caracas 1060–A, Venezuela Tel: +58-212-993-8281, 993-1520 Fax: +58-212-993-7648, 993-7658 Email: embnig@contv.nei


Haile Selessie Avenue, Diplomatic Triangle, Longacres, Lusaka, Zambia Tel: +260-1-253-177, 253-265 Fax: +260-1-252-535, 253-560 Email:


36 Samora Machel Avenue, P.O. Box 4742, Harare, Zimbabwe Tel: +263-4-253-900–2 Fax: +263-4-253-904 Email:

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FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN NIGERIA If the information we have here is not accurate please send an email to info@cometonigeria. com with an update to help us keep each embassies information current.

ALGERIA Abuja: Plot 09 Hon Justice Mamman Nasir Street, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-2840/41, +234-703-404-5321, +234802-501-4939 Lagos: 203 Etim Iyang Crescent, Victoria Island Extension, P O Box 55238 Falomo, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-4017, +234-1-261-2092, +234-1-261-1570

+234-706-418-3226 Fax: +234-9-461-2715 Email: abuja-ob@bmeia. Kaduna: 3a Kinkino Road, Kaduna Tel: +234-62-247-705 Fax: +234-62-243-921 Email: BARBADOS Penthouse, Yinka Folawiyo Plaza, 38 Warehouse Road, Apapa, Lagos Tel: +234-1-470-0252 Fax: +234-1-587-0068 Email: tunde.barbados@ BELGIUM

Abuja: 9 Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-1859 ANGOLA /60/61/62, Abuja: No 31 Pope John +234-9-460-2633/34/35 Paul II, off Gana Street, Fax: +234-9-413-2012, Maitama, Abuja 2015/460 Tel: +234-9-413-4164–5 Email: Lagos: 5 Kasunmu Ekemode Street, Victoria Website: http://www. Island, P O Box 50437 Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos Lagos: c/o Dredging Tel: +234-1-261-1135 Intern. Serv. Nigeria Ltd, 35A Alfred Rewane Road ARGENTINA (formely Kingsway Road), Abuja: Plot 1611 Abubakar Ikoyi, Lagos Koko Crescent, Yusuf Tel: +234-702-770-4421 Maitama Sule Street, Fax: +234-1-463-0897 Asokoro, P.O.Box 5124 Email: achimu.chris@ Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-8680, +234-9-780-0651 BENIN Lagos: 93 Awolowo Road, Abuja: Plot 2858A Danube S.W Ikoyi, PO Box 51940, Street, off Ibrahim Ikoyi, Lagos Badamosi Babangida Tel: +234-1-269-0093 Way, P O Box 50457, Fax: +234-1-269-0117 Maitama District, Abuja AUSTRALIA Abuja: 5th Floor Oakland Centre, 48 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-2780 Fax: +234-9-461-2782 Website: http://www. Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 08.00am–16.30pm, Fridays, except for public holidays Lagos: 76 Norman Williams Str, SW Ikoyi, Lagos. Tel: +234-1-2701919, +234-1-897-4142 Email: watson@strategy-

Tel: +234-9-413-8424, +234-9-413-8485 Fax: +234-413-8425 Lagos: 4 Abudu Smith Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-4411 Fax: +234-1-261-4385 BOTSWANA Plot 1241 Oguta Lake Street, off River Benue Street on IBB Way, Maitama Extension, PMB 5249 Wuse Zone 3, Abuja Tel: +234-9-782-2818, +234-9-782-2782, +234-703-410-3830

Website: http://www. AUSTRIA Abuja: Plot 9 Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-0772–3,


BRAZIL Abuja: Plot 173 Mississippi Street, P O Box 5143, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-4067, +234-9-413-5739/49 Fax: +234-9-413-4066


E-mail: Lagos: Plot 257 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, PO. Box 72802 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-0135, +234-1-261-0136, +234-1-261-3539 Fax: +234-1-261-3394 Email: BULGARIA Abuja: No 10 Euphrates Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-0034, +234-9-413-0035 Fax: +234-9-413-2741 Email: Lagos: 3 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, P O Box 4441, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-1931/2 Fax: +234-1-261-9879 BURKINA FASO Lagos: 170 Moshood Olugbani Street, off Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-3287 Fax: +234-1-262-3287 Abuja: No 4 Freetown Street, off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 11, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-0491 Fax: +234-9-413-0492 Email: BURUNDI Plot 59, TY Danjuma Street, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-6040, +234-808-152-6377 CAMEROON Abuja: Plot 469/470 Lobito Crescent, Wuse 11, PMB 5238 Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-6574/5 Lagos: 5 Elsie Femi Pearse Street, Victoria Island, PO Box 2476 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-2226,4386 Fax: +234-1-261-4955, 774-7510 Calabar: 21 Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Calabar Tel: +234-87-233-206 Fax: +234-87-233-206 CANADA Abuja: 15 Bobo Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-9910 Fax: +234-9-413-9932 Email: abuja@ Website: http://www.

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Lagos: 4 Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-271-5650 Fax: +234-1-271-5651 Website: http://www. Port Harcourt: 15 Ahoada Road, Rumuibekwe Housing Estate, Port Harcourt Tel: +234-80-890-903 Emergency line for Canadians: +234-80-639-97054 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Plot 137 Ajao Estate, Oshodi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-268-2816, +234-1-261-3116 CHAD 2 Goriola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-2590 Fax: +234-1-261-8314 Abuja: 10 (Plot 152) Mississippi Street Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-0751 Fax: +234-9-413-0752 CHINA Plot 302-303 A.O. Central Area, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-8661, 8662, 8664 Fax: +234-9-461-8660 Email: chinaemb_ng@ Lagos: Plot 161A Idejo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-2586 Fax: +234-1-271-5583 Email: Chinaconsul_, Consulate_lagos@mfa. Website: http://lagos., COLOMBIA 43 Raymond Njoku Street, SW Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-5342 CONGO (Democratic) Abuja: Plot 940 Azores Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-1105 Fax: +234-9-413-2311 Lagos: 10 Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, PO. Box 1216 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-4834, +234-1-261-4799 CONGO (Republic) Plot 447 Lobito Crescent, off Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja

Tel: +234-9-413-7407 COTE D’LVOIRE 3 Abudu Smith Street Victoria Island, PO. Box 7786 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-0936 Abuja: 2630 Gourara St, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-3087 Fax: +234-9-413-3137 CUBA Abuja: Plot. 339 Diplomatica Zone Area 10 Garki, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-4821–2 Fax: +234-9-234-8942 Email: cubabuja1@, cubabuja3@linkserve. com, Website: http://emba. Office Hours: Mon–Fri 9:00am–12:00pm, 14:00pm–16:30pm Lagos: Plot 935 Idejo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-4636, +234-1-262-1409 Fax: +234-1-261-4127, 7036 CYPRUS Lagos: AG Leventis Nigeria, Iddo House, PO Box 159 Lagos Tel: +234-1-774-0944, +234-1-545-4800 Fax: +234-1-860-0574 Abuja: c/o Abuja Capital Motors, Leventis Close, Central Business District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-9087 CZECH Abuja: Plot No. 1223 Gnassingbe Eyadema Street, Zone A4 Asokoro District, P O Box 4628, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-1245–7 Fax: +234-9-314-1248 Email: abuja@embassy. Website: http://www.mzv. cz/abuja Lagos: Plot 62E King Ologunkutere Street, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-773-1412 DENMARK Abuja: Plot 63 Europe House, Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-3794–5 Lagos: Maersk House, 121 Louis Solomon Close, PO Box 72554, Victoria Island,

Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-6450 Fax: +234-1-262-6495 E-mail: ngaconsuldk@ Office Hours: 10:00am– 2:00pm EGYPT Abuja: Plot 3319 Barada Close, Off Amazon Street, Maitama District, PMB 5069 Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-6091–2 Fax: +234-9-413-2602 Lagos: 34 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-2922, 8029, +234-1-613-010 Fax: +234-1-613-010, +234-1-262-1767 ERITREA Plot 3354 Osun Crescent, Cadastrala Zone A-6, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-6087 Fax: +234-9-413-6085

FRANCE Abuja: 37 Udi Hills Street, off Aso Drive, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-1055, 5506, 5510, 5419, 5214, 7537, 5076, 5088 Fax: +234-9-523-5482, 5284 (section consular) Email: Website: http://www. Lagos: 1 Lady Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, PMB 12665 Lagos Tel: +234-1-462-8484, +234-1-269-3427/30 Fax: +234-1-462-8480 Email: consulfrance. Website: http://www. GABON 8 Norman William Street, PO Box 5989, Lagos Tel: +234-1-684-566 Fax: +234-1-269-0692

ETHIOPIA Abuja: No 19 Ona Crescent, off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-1-413-1691 Fax: +234-1-413-1692 Email: etabuja@primair. net, ethiopianemb@ Lagos: Plot 97 Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-3198 Fax: +234-1-261-5055

GAMBIA Abuja: Plot 25, Ontario Crescent, off Mississippi, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-854-546 Lagos: 162 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-267-0829 Fax: +234-1-269-5558

GERMANY Abuja: 9 Lake Maracaibo Close, off Amazon Street, Maitama, Abuja EQUITORIAL GUINEA Tel: +234-9-413-0962, Plot 199 Cadastral Zone A7, 0964, 0965, 20 Dakala Street, off Parakou Fax: +234-9-413-0949 Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja http://www.abuja.diplo. Tel: +234-9-781-6867, de/Vertretung/abuja/en/ +234-805-606-3564 Startseite.html Lagos: 7 Murtala Muhammed Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos: 15 Walter PO Box 4126, Lagos Carrington Crescent Tel: +234-1-269-1211 Victoria Island, Lagos Fax: +234-1-261-6062 Tel: +234-1-280-9966–7 FINLAND Abuja: 9 Iro Dan Musa Street, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-803-785-1150, +234-9-314-7256, 6482 Fax: +234-9-314-7252 Email: sanomat.aba@ Website: http://www. Lagos: Plot 13 Elge Crescent, PO Box 4433, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-0916, 0524, 0528 Fax: +234-1-261-3158

Fax: +234-1-280-9969, RK/ Visa: +234-1-280-9968 Email: gembassylagos@ GHANA Plot 301 Olusegun Obasanjo Str, Area 10, P O Box 2025 Garki, Abuja Tel: +234-9-234-5184–7 Fax: +234-234-5192 Email: net06ab@hyperia. com Lagos: Ghana House, 21/23 Island Club Rd, Formerly King George V Rd, Onikan, Lagos Tel: +234-1-263-0015,

Fax: +234-1-263-0338 Email: ghacomo3@ GREECE Plot 1 Seguela Street, Off Olusegun Obasanjo Street, Wuse II, Abuja Tel: +234-9-780-5506 Fax: +234-9-780-5506 Email: Website: http:// Lagos: 35 Agodogba Avenue, Park View Estate Ikoyi, PO Box 1199 Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-6064 Fax: +234-1-269-6063 GREENLAND (The Faroe Islands and Greenland are part of the Kingdom of Denmark)

Maersk House, 121 Louis Solomon Close, PO Box 72554, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-6430, Fax: +234-1-262-6428 GUINEA United Nations Common Premises, PMB 591 Garki, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-8612–4, +234-9-273-2735 Lagos: 8 Abudu Smith Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-6961 HOLY SEE Pope John Paul II Crescent, Maitama, PO Box 541, Garki, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-8381, 8384 Fax: +234-9-413-6653 HONDURAS No 61 Jose Marti Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-1180, 1181, 1183 Fax: +234-9-314-1177 Email: Website: http://www.mfa. HUNGARY No. 61 Jose Marti Crescent, Plot 1685 Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-1180, 1181, 1183 Fax: +234-9-314-1177 Email: Website: http://www.mfa. Lagos: No 9 Louis Solomon Close, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-3551, Fax: +234-1-261-3717 ICELAND

No 109 Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-3634 Fax: +234-9-314-3633 Email: Website: http://www. INDIA Plot No. 684 (A&B) Agdez Crescent, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse-II, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-6099 Fax: +234-9-523-6088 Email: hicomindabj@ Lagos: 8A Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-7680, +234-1-261-5909 Fax: +234-1-261-2660 Email: Website: http://www. INDONESIA 4 Salt Lake Street, off Gana Str, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-3252, +234-9-413-8625 Fax: +234-9-413-8626 Email: kbri.abuja@gmail. com, Web: http://www. Lagos: 5 Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-4601 Fax: +234-1-261-3301 Email: Website: http://www. IRAN Abuja: 2 Udi Street, Aso Drive, Maitama District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-8048–9 Lagos: 1A-B S.L. Edu Avenue (Formerly Alexandar Avenue) Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-1058, 3821, 4055 Fax: +234-1-269-3803 IRAQ 23 (Plot 710) Kainji Crescent, off Lake Chad Crescent, Zone A5, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-9256 Fax: +234-9-413-9359 Lagos: Plot 708A, Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, PO Box 2859 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-0389 Fax: +234-1-261-8633 IRELAND

11 Negro Crescent, Maitama District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-462-0611 Fax: +234-9-462-0613 Tel: (Visa Office) +234-9-462-0612 Office Hours: Mon–Fri 08.30am–16.30pm Visa Office: 09.00am–15.00pm Website: www. Email: abujaembassy@ Lagos: R.C. Irving & Co. Ltd., 3-5, Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island Annex, PO Box 7272 Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-4820 Fax: +234-1-261-5661 ISRAEL Plot 12 Mary Slessor Str, Off Udo Udoma Crescent, Asokoro, P O Box 10924 Garki, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-3170, +234-9-673-9552, +234-9-460-5500 Fax: +234-9-314-3177 Email: consular-assist@ Website: Office Hours: Mon–Fri 10:00am–13:00pm (Jurisdiction: Nigeria, Ghana, ECOWAS)

Lagos: Plot 636 Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-2055, 2056, 2058, 0121 Fax: +234-1-262-1050 ITALY 21st Crescent, Off Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-4722–3 Fax: +234-9-461-4709 E-mail: ambasciata. Website: www.ambabuja. Lagos: 12 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-462-7414–5 Fax: +234-1-271-0867 E-mail: consolato.lagos @ JAMAICA 3rd Floor Nicon Plaza, 242 Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central Area District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-780-6809, +234-9-234-5107, +234-803-600-8758, +234-813-606-3356 Fax: +234-9-702-786-3243,

+234-9-234-2726 Email: jamaicanembassy@, (Countries of Accreditation: Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Senegal)

Lagos: 77 Samuel Adedoyin Avenue, Victoria Island Annex, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-1085 Fax: +234-1-261-2100 Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 08:30am–16.00pm, Friday 08:30am–15.00pm JAPAN Plot 585 Bobo Street, Off Gana Str, Maitama, PMB 5070 Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-8898, 9258, 9718 Fax: +234-9-413-7667 Lagos: Plot 24/25 Apese Street, Victoria Island PO Box 2111, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-3797, 4929, 5984 Fax: +234-1-261-4035 KENYA 18 Yedseram Street, Maitama, PMB 5160 Wuse Head Office, Abuja Tel: + 234-9-413-9155 Fax: + 234-9-413-9157 Email: kenyahi@alpha.

+234-807-774-4222 LEBANON 48 Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, PMB 5187 Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-9901–2, +234-703-934-5330 Lagos: Plot 18 Walter Corrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-4511, 0129 LIBERIA 62 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja Tel: +234-9-618-899 Lagos: No 3, Plot 162 Idejo Street, off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-618-899, Fax: +234-1-611-853 LIBYA Plot 1591 Mike Okoye Close, Off George Sowemimo Street, Asokoro, Extension PMB 435 Garki, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-8356–7, +234-9-413-8353 Lagos: Plot C11 Ligali Ayorinde Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-0107, Fax: +234-1-261-0109

MALAYSIA No 2 Pechora Close, Off Panama Street, Maitama, Sierra Leone) PMB 5217 Wuse, Abuja Lagos: 52 Oyinkan Tel: +234-9-782-2091, Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, 2628, +234-9-780-9379 Lagos Website: http://www.kln. Tel: +234-1-267-0221, 0337 Email: SOUTH KOREA Plot 1036 Pope John Paul Office Hours: Mon–Fri 11 Street Maitama, Abuja 08.30am–16.30pm Tel: +234-9-413-6524 Consular Section/Visa Lagos: Plot 934 ldejo Application/Collection: Street, Victoria Island, 09.00am–12.30pm Lagos (Processing period= Tel: +234-1-261-5353, 5 working days) +234-1-561-5420 Lagos: Plot 205 Abiola Segun Ajayi Str, Off Etim NORTH KOREA Inyang Str, P O Box 3729, Plot 350 Central Area Victoria Island, Lagos District, Cadastral Zone Tel: +234-1-320-0687, A.O, PMB 407 Garki, Abuja +234-1-461-9281 Tel: +234-9-234-7200 Fax: +234-1-320-0787 Lagos: Plot 20C Akin Ogunlewe Road, Victoria MAURITANIA Island Annex, Moroko, Plot 2B Colombia Close, Lagos Off Colorado Close, Tel: +234-1-261-0108 Minister’s Hill, Maitama, KUWAIT Abuja 16 Oguta lake Street Tel: +234-9-413-7244, Gurrara Extension, off +234-807-341-2886, IBB Way, opp Al Amin +234-703-741-9460 International School Lagos: 2A, 304 Rd, Off Maitama, Abuja Samuel Adedoyin Str, Tel: +234-9-413-5247, Victoria Island Annex, (Other countries of Accreditation: Republic of Cote D’voire, Togo, Republic of Ghana, Liberia, Benin,

P O Box 53569 Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-8966 MALI Plot 465 Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-0494 MALTA 108 Adeniyi-Jones Avenue, PO Box 2688 Ikeja, Lagos Tel: +234-1-470-6009, +234-1-879-3880 Fax: +234-1-497-1014–5 Email: maltaconsul. MEXICO 39 Usuma Str, Maitama District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-462-0630, 0632, 0633 Email: embnigeria@sre. MOROCCO 5 Mary Slessor Street, off Udo Udoma Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-1961–2 Fax: +234-9-314-1959 Lagos: Plot 1318, 27 Karimu Kotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-1682 NAMIBIA Plot 1738 T.Y. Danyuma Street, Cadasdral Zone A4, Asokoro District P.M.B 5097 Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-2740–1 Fax: +234-9-314-2743 Email: namibiahigh NETHERLANDS 21st Crescent, Off Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-1200 Fax: +234-9-461-1240 Email: Website: http://www.mfa. nl/abj-en/ Office Hours: Mon–Fri 09:00am–16:00pm Lagos: 24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, P O Box 2426, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-3005, NEW ZEALAND There is no New Zealand representative in Nigeria. The New Zealand mission in United Kingdom is accredited to Nigeria.

NIGER 7 Songha Street, Off Mississippi Str, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-6275–6, 6205, 6206

Lagos: 15 Adeola Odeku Street, PO Box 2736, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-2300 Fax: +234-1-261-2363 NORWAY Plot 1529 T.Y. Danjuma Street, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-9127, 9129 Fax: +234-9-314-9309 Email: emb.abuja@mfa. no,, Website: Lagos: 3 Anifowoshe Str,Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-8467, Fax: +234-1-261-8469 PALESTINE 12 Alhaji Babatunde Jose Road, Victoria Island, PO Box 7891 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-7259 Fax: +234-1-261-8776 PAKISTAN Plot No 4 (1805) Samora Michel Street, Off Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-1650 Fax: +234-9-314-1652 Email: pahicabuja@ Lagos: 4 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, PO Box 2450 Lagos Tel: +234-1-774-2380, +234-1-261-4710, 3909 Fax: +234-1-261-4822, Email: pakembnig@nova., pahiclagos@nova. PHILIPPINES (Jurisdiction: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cantral African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo)

2 Kainji Street, Corner Lake Chad Cresent, Maitama District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-7981, 7982, 7830 Fax: +234-9-413-7650 POLAND Abuja: 10 Ona Crescent, Off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama 900271, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-8280, Fax: +234-9-413-8281 Email: contact@abuja. Website: http://www.abuja. Lagos: 10 Idejo Street, P O Box 410, Victoria

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FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN NIGERIA Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-4684, Fax: +234-1-261-4685 Email: poemb@ PORTUGAL Plot 63 Europe House, Usuma Str, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-7211–2, +234-9-523-3787, 3800 Fax: +234-9-413-7214 Lagos: Plot 1677 Olukunie Bakare Close, Off Sanusi Fafunwa Street, P O Box 8593, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-9037 ROMANIA Abuja: Plot No 498 Nelson Mandela Street, Zone A4 Asokoro, P O Box 10376 Garki, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-2304–5 Fax: +234-9-314-2306 Lagos: 7A Oko Awo Close, Off Karimu Ikotun Close, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-262-1360 Fax: +234-1-261-7559 E-mail: ecofflagos@ RUSSIA Plot 715 Zone AG, 8 Panama Crescent, Maitana, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-5374, Lagos: 5 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-2267, 5022, 3359 Fax: +234-1-461-9994 Email: RusEmLagos@ SAUDI ARABIA Plot 347H Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-1880, Fax: +234-9-413-4906 Lagos: 182 Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-0306, 0358 Fax: +234-1-269-0101 SENEGAL 14 Kofo Abayomi Road, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-1722 SERBIA 11 Rio Negro Close, Off Yedseram Street, Cadastral Zone A6, Maitama District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-9492–3


Fax: +234 9 4130078 Email: Lagos: 7 Maitama Sule Street, S/W Ikoyi, PO Box 978, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-0912, Fax: +234-1-269-1889 Email: embscgnig@nova. SIERRA LEONE Plot 2858 Danube Crescent, Off Ibrahim Babangida Way, Maitama District, Abuja Tel: +234-803-596-2836 Fax: +234-9-2349-9890 Lagos: 31 Waziri Ibrahim Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-5900 Fax: +234-1-261-3151 SINGAPORE 3rd Floor Lagoon View Plaza, Plot A4 Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-461-9088 Fax: +234-1-461-0828 Email: com SLOVAKIA Plot 187 Deeper Life Street, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-807-701-5092 Fax: +234-9-314-3730 Email: zusrnigeria@ Website: http://www.mfa. sk/zu/index/podstranka. php?id=917 SOUTH AFRICA Abuja: 71 Usuma Str, Off Gana Street, Maitama, P.M.B. 5120 Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-462-4200, +234-9-413-3776, +234-9-413-3862, +234-9-782-2852 Fax: +234-9-413-3829, (Immigration) Email: sahcabuja@ Lagos: 24 Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-461-2067, 298 Fax: +23-1-461-2064 Email: SPAIN Abuja: 8 Bobo Close, Off Gana Street, Maitama District, P.O. Box 5120 Wuse Post Office, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-7091–2 Fax: +234-9-461-3259 Email: Website: http://www.maec.


es/subwebs/Embajadas/ Abuja/es/home/Paginas/ home.aspx Lagos: 21 Cs Kofo Abayomi Road, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-5215 Fax: +234-1-261-8225 SUDAN Plot 2591 Katsina Ala Crescent, Off Guarara Street Zone A6, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-9964, +234-9-413-0941–2 Fax: +234-9-523-1016 Lagos: 2B Kofo Abayomi Str, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-5889, Fax: +234-1-261-5946 SWEDEN 41 T.Y. Danjuma Street, Asokoro District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-3399 (08.30am–10.00am) Fax: +234-9-314-3398 Email: ambassaden. Website: http://www. abuja Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 10.00am–12.00pm, Visa applications & processing Mon–Thurs 10.00am– 12.00pm Lagos: 17 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-461-6000 Fax: +234-1-461-6020 Email: leif.edwall@ SWITZERLAND No 157 Adetokumbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, 900288 Abuja Tel: +234-413-1324-1861, Fax: +234-413-1324-1864 Email: abu.vertretung@ Website: http://www.eda. Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 08:00am– 17:00pm, Friday 08:00am–12:00pm Lagos: 7 Anifowoshe Str, Victoria Island, POBox 536, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-3918, 2613848, 2610183 Fax: +234 1 2616928 SYRIA Plot 2420 Amazon Street, Minister's HIll, Zone A6, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234 9 4138334–5 Fax: +234 9 4138337

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Lagos: 25 Koto Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, PO Box 72201 Lagos Tel: +234 1 2615680, +234 12618963 TAIWAN Plot 3175 Katsina Ala Crescent, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234 9 4138321 Fax: +234 9 4138326 Email: roctm@alpha. TANZANIA Abuja: 11 Ganges Street, Ministers Hill, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-2313/12 Fax: +234-9-413-2314 Email: Office Hours: 08:00am–15:00pm Lagos: 8 Agoro Odiyan Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-613-604 Fax: +234-1-610-016, +234-1-618-908 THAILAND 24 Tennesse Cresent, Off Panama Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-5194 Fax: +234-9-413-5193 Email: Lagos: 1 Ruxton Rd, Old lkoyi, P.O. Box 3095, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-0334 Tlx: (0905) 23369 THAI NG Fax: +234-1-269-2855 TOGO Plot 664 Zone A5, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-9883 Fax: +234-9-413-9834 Lagos: Plot 976 Oju Olobun Close, Victoria Island, PO Box 1435, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-7449, 7478, 7994 TUNISIA No 11 Kainji Crescent, Off Lake Chad Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-2966–7 Fax: +234-9-413-2668 Lagos: Plot 79 Younis Bashorun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-8150 Fax: +234-1-261-5187 TRINADAD & TOBAGO 3A Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, PO BOX 6392 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-2087 Fax: +234-1-261-2732


Email: hicott@ TURKEY No 5 Amazon Street (Minister’s Hill), Maitama A6, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-9787, Email: contact@ Website: http:// Lagos: 3 Okunola Martins Close, off Omo Osagie Street, PO Box 1758 S.W. Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-1140 Fax: +234-1-269-3040 Email: turkemb@infoweb. Kano: 13 Bello Road, PO Box 2589, Kano Tel: +234-64-632-397, +234-64-633-347 Fax: +234-64-632-395 Email: kbikano@infoweb. UGANDA Plot 28 Ontario Crescent, off Mississippi Street, Ministers' Hill, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-8069 Fax: +234-9-413-8070 Email: ugandabuja@ UKRAINE (Accredited to Ghana)

Plot 1273 Parakou Crescent, off Nairobi Street, Wuse II, Abuja Tel: +234-9-523-9577, +234-9-524-0088 Fax: +234-9-523-9578 UNITED KINGDOM Plot 607 Bobo Str, Off Gana Str, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-7710–19 Fax: +234 9 4137398–99 Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 08.00am–16.30pm, Friday: 08.00am–13.00pm Lagos: 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-9531, 9537, 9541 Fax: +234-1-261-4021, +234-1-262-5940 Email: consular.lagos@, visa.lagos@ Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 07.30am– 15.30pm, Friday 07.30am–12.30pm Ibadan: Rotimi Williams Avenue, Bodija, Ibadan Tel: +234-22-810-4953

Fax: +234-22-810-0612 Website: http://ukinnigeria. Office Hours: 07.30am– 14.30pm Kaduna: 3 Independence Way, PMB 2096, Kaduna Tel: +234-62-244-380/1, +234-705-731-2993 Fax: +234-62-247-267 Website: http:// Office Hours: 08.00am– 15.00pm Kano: 10 Emir’s Palace Road, Kano Tel: +234-64-646-652, 643-489, 636-620 Fax: +234-64-632-500 Website: http://ukinnigeria. Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 07.30am–15.30pm, Fri 0730-1230 Kano: Tamandu Court, 5 Tamandu Close, Nassarawa, Kano Tel: +234-64-631-686, +234-803-590-5442 Fax: +234-64-632-590 Email: Lagos: 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-269-2188–92, 461-5601-2 Fax: +234-1-461-5600 Website: http://ukinnigeria. Office Hours: Mon–Thurs 07.30am–16.00pm, Fri 07.30am–12.30pm Port Harcourt: Plot 300 Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Port Harcourt Tel: +234-84-237-173, +234-84-335-104 Fax: +234-84-237-172 Warri: Unit 6 Jefia Estate, 62 Enerhen Road, Warri Tel: +234-53-245-523, 255-929 Fax: +234-53-245-523, 255-929 Email: melhenthorn@ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Abuja: Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, Abuja Tel: +234-9-461-4000 Fax: +234-9-461-4036 Email: Consularabuja@ Website: http://abuja. Lagos: 2 Eleke Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-0050, 0139, 0097, 0158, 0195, 1414, 3123, 5699

URUGUAY Lagos: Tel: +234-1-617063, +234-1-614-107 Fax: +234-1-261-9477 Email: conurunig@ VENEZUELA Plot 1361 Hon, Justice Sowemino Street, Asokoro District, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-0900 Fax: +234-9-314-0901, Email: evenigeria@ Lagos: 35B, Adet-kunbo Ademola Street Victoria Island, Lagos, Tel: +234-1-261-1590 Fax: +234-1-261-7350 Email: embavenez.nig@ VIETNAM No 9 River Niger Street, Off Danube Street, Maitama, Abuja Tel: +234-9-870-3678 WESTERN SAHARA No 4 Niger Str, Off Suez Crescent, Off Ladi Kwali Str, Ibrahim Sani Abacha Estate, Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-6980 Fax: +234-9-413-6980 YEMEN 12 JF Kennedy Street, Asokoro, Abuja Tel: +234-9-314-8170, +234-805-570-5931 ZAMBIA 11 Keffi Street, S.W Ikoyi Plot 1381, P O Box 6119 Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-4834, 4799 ZIMBABWE Plot 2908 Caclastral Zone A6, Maitama District, PO Box 8214 Wuse, Abuja Tel: +234-9-413-7996, Fax: +234-9-413-7644 Lagos: 19 Tiamiyu Savage Str, Victoria Island, P O Box 50247 Ikoyi, Lagos Tel: +234-1-261-9328



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