Most times, what we hear or ask more is, can a Nigerian live in America? Perhaps it's time to consider: "Can an American can live in Nigeria?".
Well, to answer the question if an American can live in Nigeria. The simple answer is yes. An American can live in Nigeria, just like any other country in the world. However, to assume that you can adapt easily might be a little too forward because you'd have to learn a whole lot.
For instance, you'd have to learn how to communicate with the locals in your neighbourhood, how to eat the native dishes, etc.
So, maybe the real question that we should be asking is what to know when relocating to Nigeria? Perhaps we should ask, how to live in Nigeria as a foreigner? That sounds more like it, right.
Anyway, let's get to it.
How can an American live in Nigeria?
As an American, you can live in Nigeria, but first of all, there are a few things you'd need to adjust to if you want to enjoy living in the country.
Nigeria is a country with over 250 ethnic groups. This means that you'd have to learn to live with people with different customs, languages and traditions. The good thing, however, is that most of the ethnic groups are divided into smaller communities. So, it means that you don't have to learn to cohabit with everyone all at the same time. You can choose a particular community, learn their ways and a bit of their language, and the rest is easy. Good thing is that Nigeria's lingual Franca is English. So, communication shouldn't be so difficult.
Infrastructures in Nigeria
Okay, let's talk about the infrastructures in the country. So, Nigeria is a developing country. That should give you an idea of the state of their economy, infrastructure and a few other things.
For instance, the power output in Nigeria is poor. This means that you shouldn't expect a constant power supply. As a result of the poor power supply, water supply can also be affected.
An alternative to these, however, is to get an accommodation or apartment in a part of the country with access to generators and boreholes, to avoid dealing with the electricity issues.
Another important factor to consider when relocating to Nigeria is driving and traffic.
Here's the thing: there aren't so many good roads in Nigeria. So, driving as a foreigner in the country could be a little tricky. It's worse if you stay in parts of the country known for heavy traffic regularly.
Here's a little advice to help you. Consider getting a driver. Not only do they know their way around town better, they know how best to manoeuver traffic, deal with the bad roads, and some of the traffic laws in the country.
One thing that bothers most people when they think of relocating is dealing with the local dishes in the country. Well, it isn't any different when you move to Nigeria. Luckily, Nigeria has a good number of unique delicacies. So, you'll get a wide range of options to pick from.
Finally, Nigerians are friendly people. They are warm and generally receptive. So, I have no doubt that while it may take a while to acclimatize to your new environment, you'd enjoy living amongst the people of Nigeria.
So, to answer the question once again. Can an American live in Nigeria? Yes, they can.
Here's something you should also check out while we're on the subject of living in Nigeria: Is it safe to travel to Nigeria?