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Old 03-23-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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What do I think about it...

Ahmm...it has one of the worst reputations in Africa...yet, I've also met many really fantastic Nigerian people all over the world.
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Old 03-23-2018, 04:04 PM
 
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What do I think about it...

Ahmm...it has one of the worst reputations in Africa...yet, I've also met many really fantastic Nigerian people all over the world.
Not 1 african country according to the western media is worth visiting. If we believed the fear mongering no one would ever visit these places. Can't imagine all of the people who miss out on South Africa, Kenya, ghana mexico Columbia because a group of people 99% of whom have never even stepped foot in these great countries. I'm sure just like Americans killing 50 people for no reason or shooting people in school every week is ok. I hope when Eko Atlantic is finished people who talked endlessly about Nigeria stays away. Sheeple are funny
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Old 03-23-2018, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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^^^ Agreed. It's amazing how many people let the fear-industrial complex limit their travels. Look at a map until your eye says "that looks interesting", and book the flight and go.
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Old 03-23-2018, 08:08 PM
 
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I don't plan on visiting any time soon and you need to get the jihadis under control
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Old 03-23-2018, 11:04 PM
 
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^^^ Agreed. It's amazing how many people let the fear-industrial complex limit their travels. Look at a map until your eye says "that looks interesting", and book the flight and go.
I appreciate the enthusiasm, but I'd still do a bit more research before heading somewhere. Looking at a map isn't likely going to tell me much.
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:41 AM
 
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These are my thoughts and experiences...I was warned about Nigerians from other West Africans who said things like
"They are not to be trusted, they will take the watch off of your arm while you are still standing there talking to them".

They seem to have a bad reputation within Africa. Socially, many seemed cold and unfriendly and have a serious demeanor
about them. But some of them were really nice...For example, one Nigerian man asked if he could sit with me at a bus stop for employees. I asked questions he answered them. Saw him in the hall at work, just looked and didn't say hello or ignored me. But if alone he would say Hi...To me that is sometimey behaviour.

As an American, I would at least expect someone to say Hi in passing after sitting and talking with them a little bit.

The Eastern Nigerians for the most part seemed standoffish and unfriendly, the south westerners seemed more friendly
and the Northerners were just strange. I went to a local Nigerian independence day celebration..my guide was an AA woman who was married to a Nigerian national and lived in Nigeria 17 years. She said Nigerians even say among themselves don't trust each other.

Some didn't seem impressed that I knew much about Nigeria or Africa. The SL people loved the fact that I knew much about Africa than the average American. I would say that Nigeria has very rich traditions and cultures and is interesting
but socially they don't seem that friendly as Ghanaians or Sierra Leoneans. in my experience.
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:28 PM
 
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If its an oil.rich country with billions in oil revenue, then where has the income all gone? The oil.producing areas are a cesspool of environmental blight, according to nsyional Geographic magazine. All the oil engineering jobs go to Chinese, instead of to trained native people
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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I mean, National Geographic.
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Old 03-24-2018, 05:08 PM
 
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I appreciate the enthusiasm, but I'd still do a bit more research before heading somewhere. Looking at a map isn't likely going to tell me much.
But my point is that many people, instead of researching what they can experience, chooses to research what there is to fear. Why would al person rather experience an adventure in Belgium, rather than Tajikistan, for no other reason than their perception that Belgium is safer.

Brunei is probably the safest country on earth, but I met people who were afraid to go there because they read on Facebook that Christmas music was banned in supermarkets, making it an irrational police state ruled by Islamic extremists..
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Old 03-25-2018, 01:57 AM
 
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But my point is that many people, instead of researching what they can experience, chooses to research what there is to fear. Why would al person rather experience an adventure in Belgium, rather than Tajikistan, for no other reason than their perception that Belgium is safer.

Brunei is probably the safest country on earth, but I met people who were afraid to go there because they read on Facebook that Christmas music was banned in supermarkets, making it an irrational police state ruled by Islamic extremists..
I can agree with that. Traveling tends to bring a sense of irational fear in some people. It could be related to the fact that the place presents a certain unknown that is largely absent at home.

It's good to be vigilant nevertheless as a lot of tourists tend to fall for different scams (guilty myself) because they let their guard down. Mine ended up being harmless, but others have been less fortunate.

Brunei is an interesting case. In many ways its policies seem to match those of the Maldives quite a bit. I think it's a way for smaller states to make a name for themselves (Singapore does it to, but in different areas). I think Brunei's biggest drawback is that it borders two far larger and incidentally more interesting nations.
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