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Old 08-05-2016, 07:51 PM
 
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Hi, we (family of 5 with young kids) are considering a work opportunity with the company I work with in the outskirts of Lagos. We would live in a Company compound, the office is walking distance and people leave the compound only typically to buy groceries, go grab a bite and kids to go to school. We are excited about the financial incentives and the cultural experience; however concerned with our safety. The coumpound is secured, but whenever you go out, you need to have sort of bodyguards, and that includes the bus that takes the kids to the international school. Anyone with experience living in Lekki or Victoria Island in Lagos that can provide insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2016, 04:30 PM
 
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Hahahaha I can't believe I found this. I registered just to answer your question jare. Lagos is an over populated, polluted ****hole with a few redeemable areas like Lekki and Victoria Island. Its safer if you're black since Nigerians percieve whites as wealthier and would be more likely to kidnap them. Most expats are situated in Abuja, which is more developed and saner. You will see some Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, and a few Portuguese and British expats in Lagos. NIGERIA is in an economic crisis and its probably the worst time to be in Nigeria right now. Political and civil unrest is stirring thanks to Northern Nigerians and Niger Delta militants who the dullard of a president hasn't handled correctly. The president is truly an irredeemable mumu. Nigerians are friendly people but security concerns are def real. Make sure to not be flashy and extravagant and you shoulld be good. Lagos is ****ty though and I would advise you to just stay home if you can't be moved to Abuja or a state like Enugu. LOL Bodyguards just make you more noticeable. I was able to roam the streets of Lagos as a teenage girl so idk. It's also getting slightly safer with the new politician developing infrastructure. If you want an answer go to Nairaland; Nigeria's own website with indigenous Nigerians!
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Old 09-09-2016, 02:26 PM
 
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Hi, we (family of 5 with young kids) are considering a work opportunity with the company I work with in the outskirts of Lagos. We would live in a Company compound, the office is walking distance and people leave the compound only typically to buy groceries, go grab a bite and kids to go to school. We are excited about the financial incentives and the cultural experience; however concerned with our safety. The coumpound is secured, but whenever you go out, you need to have sort of bodyguards, and that includes the bus that takes the kids to the international school. Anyone with experience living in Lekki or Victoria Island in Lagos that can provide insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Arepa, it's an excellent opportunity and I'll say go for it.
Lekki, Ikoyi and VI are the most prestigious places to live in Lagos. Lots of American and British Expats. Join https://www.internations.org and make friends with Consulate staff too.

You could trial it for 6months before moving your family but it's an experience that will open them up to opportunities in their adult life as well.

Good luck.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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I've been in Lagos for the past 2 years, 1 more to go on my expat contract.

Well, it's bearable, but make sure you get properly compensated.

- You will need 2 cars + drivers, one for you and the other for your wife/kids. Foreigners very rarely drive here, and if they do, it's only around the island (Ikoyi, Banana Island, Victoria Island (VI), and to a smaller extent, Lekki)
- Make sure housing is included. You need 50,000 USD/yr for a decent apt in Ikoyi or Banana Island, all the way up to 120,000 for e.g. Ocean Parade in Banana. These are not penthouses, just 3 bdr apts.
- Schooling - e.g. AISL (American Intl School Lagos) is 25-30K per year, per child, and is in high demand, so places are limited. There is also Dutch School (don't worry, it's in English) and LPS, but they are really 2nd and 3rd choices, respectively.
- Tickets: how many, and are they business class or economy? Are they convertible to other travel-related expenses? You and your family will get enough of Lagos very quickly., and will want to travel. Dubai and South Africa are popular destinations, and Europe is 6 hours away.
- You will spend most time at work, and school and homework will keep your kids busy. What will your wife do? There is not much shopping here...
- Malaria is your biggest enemy, so you and your family will need to pay extra attention on how to protect yourselves. You don't want to go home with the parasite (yes, it's a parasite) in you, and it's very difficult to get rid off once you get it. Typhoid fever, mango bug etc are also there, however that's not your primary concern.
- Safety is of course a big concern, but you will need escort only if you drive at night outside of the Island (look at the map, Lagos consists of this island, where expats spend 95% of their time, and mainland. We will be going out tonight to a place in VI (just like every other Friday, returning at 11pm, without any escort). Just like most of the expats here.
- Social life - going out in Lagos is very expensive, and the number of (decent) places is very limited. Lots of socializing happens within compounds, bbqs, kids' birthdays etc.
- If you can, discuss with your employer about what happens when you get back. Africa tends to swallow people, and they get forgotten in their home countries / companies.
- You will meet a lot of interesting people, and if you are smart, you will save quite a bit of money.
- Don't know your personal status, but we are a family of 4 (2+2 middle school kids), + a crazy maltese dog, and I'd go again.
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:06 PM
 
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hello
excuse me i'm a camerounian living in France with my husband and we would like to go in lagos precisely in scoan synaguogue churche of all nations ) for a week just to go attend the service on september how to do accomodations , and so on the thing that we must avoid thank you.

i need all the informatons
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:45 AM
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hello
excuse me i'm a camerounian living in France with my husband and we would like to go in lagos precisely in scoan synaguogue churche of all nations ) for a week just to go attend the service on september how to do accomodations , and so on the thing that we must avoid thank you.

i need all the informatons
You should start a new thread.
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