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Going to work in Nigeria , Info pls.
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:05:46 pm »
Can someone pls give me some personal insight into life in Nigeria please?I will be based and working in Abuja.
 

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 05:15:11 pm »
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2013, 06:06:13 pm »
Eish buds. Dis n kak plek! Period.

I havent been there in quite a few years (last time was 2004 I think), but I've been told it the same or worse.

Wow. Where to start? When we travel, the company issues us with about U$D500 in  small denominations for bribing, its that bad.
When you go there, it will be obvious to them that you are not not a local (not necessarily because of your skincolour).
If you are not a local, you have dollars. If you have dollars, you need to give them to a someone for a transgression which you are about to be informed of. Its that simple.

Then there is security in the workplace. If you work for Shell or another oil major, you will automatically have a target on your back. People do get kidnapped for ransom. Not every day, but it happens.

The country has what you can expect from African counties. Lots of blackouts. No municipal water pressure (pressure comes from the tank on the roof). Shit roads with lots of potholes. Bad traffic congestion.

Regardless of all the above (and all I have omitted), you will get over it. You will get to know how things work and how to work things. At the end of it, its just another country where people live. They manage, and with a little bit of self adjustment, so will you.

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013, 09:33:48 pm »
Eish buds. Dis n kak plek! Period.

I havent been there in quite a few years (last time was 2004 I think), but I've been told it the same or worse.

Wow. Where to start? When we travel, the company issues us with about U$D500 in  small denominations for bribing, its that bad.
When you go there, it will be obvious to them that you are not not a local (not necessarily because of your skincolour).
If you are not a local, you have dollars. If you have dollars, you need to give them to a someone for a transgression which you are about to be informed of. Its that simple.

Then there is security in the workplace. If you work for Shell or another oil major, you will automatically have a target on your back. People do get kidnapped for ransom. Not every day, but it happens.

The country has what you can expect from African counties. Lots of blackouts. No municipal water pressure (pressure comes from the tank on the roof). Shit roads with lots of potholes. Bad traffic congestion.

Regardless of all the above (and all I have omitted), you will get over it. You will get to know how things work and how to work things. At the end of it, its just another country where people live. They manage, and with a little bit of self adjustment, so will you.

Good luck.

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2013, 11:15:44 pm »
Agreed...........were there no other options?!!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2013, 05:03:51 am »
I spent a while in Lagos and a short while in Abuja

I had great fun in both

The real trick is to get a GOOD driver, that makes a world of difference.

The difficult place to live and work is Port Harcourt.

Don't be scared to explore. The people are to a large extent well educated and spoken.

What are you going to be doing there (work), and where are you being accommodated (ie hotel or private compound). 

Also make sure your travel arrangements are correct before you leave, (trip one for me I was stranded at the airport due to ignorant travel agent from RSA)

There's lots more I can share, and I'm sure there's lots others on the forum can share too.

Make sure you are being paid in dollars (lots of them) for the time you are there.

Finally find an expat community quickly and get in with them.

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2013, 06:33:54 am »
Good luck! And make the best of it!

I have been working in Nigeria for the last 9 years, down in Warri. You will be in one of the best places and as what I have heard, cleanest places in Nigeria.

Firstly, have nearves of steal. Dont loose your cool! The 419 (scams) start as you get into Lagos. Alsways looking for a dash.
Make sure your " yellow fever" card is up to date. That they will check as you exit the terminal.
Make sure who ever you are working for, will pick you up at the airport.
Also have a contact number for your arrival card and address.

Dont exchange your dollars for Nirra at the airport. Who ever you will be working for, will help you for better rates.

Remember that you are working with a lot of different cultures. If you manage to deal with it, you could be working there for quite some time and make plenty $$

If there is anything more you would like to know, pm me. Will gladly try and assist you.

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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2013, 08:14:00 am »
Thank you very much for the replies. I appreciate the fist hand informed information you chaps have passed on. Good to see that the forum can still be informative ,helpfull and on topic.
 

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2013, 08:27:42 am »
Abuja is the cleaner city ( compared to Lagos)  as the government is seated there

The advice given above is accurate

Be prepared to see the worst traffic imaginable. You will see cars being bliksemed by a sambok - standard traffic cop activity

Hundreds of motorcycles - I have been on taxi rides on these. Hold on!

Police work only till five and then do traffic escorts - sometimes against oncoming traffic. Been there too

I have been shot at by police on illegal road blocks between the airport and Victoria Island.

Make sure you get a good driver. The one we used was able to reverse for hundreds of metres against 5 lanes of  oncoming traffic without getting bumped. That caused me to start giggling uncontrollably  8)

But between that chaos you find fantastic people simply just wanting to make a living like us all. No chip on the shoulder.

I have liked most Nigerians I have worked with in IT and still have contact even after years.

Oh - if you ever go right North,  don't be surprised to be offered some braaied camel.
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 08:53:43 am »
Thank you Heimer!
I feel like i felt going into the army for my service period. Excited and a bit anxious. Its just one of those things , i need to make a living. 
The feedback seems to come down to , expecting some challenges and addapting to those with the end result being generally possitive in terms of earning some money. I will keep a open mind and just do the best i can to realize my goals. God willing.
Hopefully i will get to ride a bike somewhere at some stage!!!
 

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Re: Going to work in Nigeria , Info pls.
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 10:05:05 am »
Thank you Heimer!
I feel like i felt going into the army for my service period. Excited and a bit anxious. Its just one of those things , i need to make a living. 
The feedback seems to come down to , expecting some challenges and addapting to those with the end result being generally possitive in terms of earning some money. I will keep a open mind and just do the best i can to realize my goals. God willing.
Hopefully i will get to ride a bike somewhere at some stage!!!

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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2013, 11:06:05 am »
Ek gaan in die retail sektor werk.Die maatskapy by wie ek gekontrakteer was vir 11 jaar het my gevra of ek bereid sou wees om na hulle belange te gaan omsien in Nigerie. Hulle het n mark vir hulle produkte geidentifiseer , kontakte opgebou en onlangs n vernoot bekom aan daardie kant wat die fasiliteite het om die konsep te realiseer.  Ek is maar n verkoopsman. Nie hoogs gekwalifiseerd nie , dus is hierdie n geleentheid wat ek moet aangryp , in SA is ek een van honderd duisende , net nog n cv. Met hierdie ondervinding wat ek hoop om op te doen , sal ek dalk meer beteken in die werksmark. 
 

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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013, 11:11:07 am »
Thank you Heimer!
I feel like i felt going into the army for my service period. Excited and a bit anxious. Its just one of those things , i need to make a living. 
The feedback seems to come down to , expecting some challenges and addapting to those with the end result being generally possitive in terms of earning some money. I will keep a open mind and just do the best i can to realize my goals. God willing.
Hopefully i will get to ride a bike somewhere at some stage!!!

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Nigerians are great people - good business people and negotiators. Much like an Indian in a black body (and I mean nothing politically incorrect by this statement) - I need to illustrate you need to deal outside of the ZA stereotype frame of reference

Embrace the experience. You will make great friends and have your mind turned upside down in ways you can't imagine.

Oh - and don't pomp the local girls - but you know that
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2013, 11:13:59 am »
Ek gaan in die retail sektor werk.Die maatskapy by wie ek gekontrakteer was vir 11 jaar het my gevra of ek bereid sou wees om na hulle belange te gaan omsien in Nigerie. Hulle het n mark vir hulle produkte geidentifiseer , kontakte opgebou en onlangs n vernoot bekom aan daardie kant wat die fasiliteite het om die konsep te realiseer.  Ek is maar n verkoopsman. Nie hoogs gekwalifiseerd nie , dus is hierdie n geleentheid wat ek moet aangryp , in SA is ek een van honderd duisende , net nog n cv. Met hierdie ondervinding wat ek hoop om op te doen , sal ek dalk meer beteken in die werksmark. 

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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2013, 02:40:48 pm »
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2013, 09:56:47 pm »
Make sure when you get there you join the local medical rescue system. I can't recall the name now. But without their card you will be at the mercy of the state facilities, trust we it's worth the money, my mate was casevac- ed to RSA and the sorted every thing with discovery.

All you need to do is ask.

Try and see if your contacts there can arrange protocol at the airport for you. It costs but it's worth it as well.

You will have a great time there.

Make time to go flushing in the gulf, go to Ghana it's closeby for great fishing over weekends. Huge barracuda,monster tuna etc. Benin is great for fruit. Huge pineapples, green oranges, plantains. If you in Lagos over weekends you can bug the most awesome (no kidding) 35cm long prawns from the fish markets. Moenie worrie nie,we ate them by the kil, butterflied and braaied with garlic butter.

You must explore the place. Oh yes don't get any illusions of driving or riding there, you will kak with the locals and the police. You are way to reflective
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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2013, 10:47:07 pm »
Good Luck Boet.

Abuja and Lagos are safe places, When you head into the Delta it gets sketchy particularly in Port Harcourt, Benin etc. This is where they will try and kidnap you. We hired 27/7 Policemen that protected us when I was there and we only had 2 issues  in 2 years.

Nigerians are great people, friendly and extremely poor.

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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2013, 09:17:01 am »
Thanks for all the info!!!!! I am getting wonderful feedback.
I am going to Nigeria in a multi role capacity relating to the importing and retailing of goods. The market segment the company is aiming for is the small but significant high income group. The nature of the product is still kept under wraps at this stage to protect their competitive advantage. The company will be pioneers in the Nigerian market with their product range.Its a wonderful opportunity for me to aquire new skill sets in the current fastest growing economy in Africa. I am grateful , excited , motivated and a bit nervous all at the same time.
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« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2013, 01:03:41 pm »
Just go for it!

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