My boyfriend is from Nigeria (namely the oil region near Warri) and he is going to visit his family in a few months. I really wanted to go with him but he says it is not safe enough for me to go. I am a fair-skinned, blonde, tall Scandinavian lady so I am sure I would stick out. I just really wanted see where he grew up but he says he is too afraid something may happen. I don't know what it is like there, all I have to go on by is whatever people tell me. What do you all think?
I guess, not considering war zones like Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, Nigeria is one of the unsafest countries in the world. Actually, two dutch persons were killed in the last month: a daughter of a shell worker and another shell worker. People want to see more money from shell...profit sharing. Well, there are lots of jobs by shell already.
When I checked on the British High Commission Website they say that the Oil areas are a strict NO-Go area for tourists. There is a high risk for terrorist attacks (linked to Al Qaeda) so I'd definitely stay away from there.
yes, i have read entries from both the US state department and the British high commission and they both say they strongly advise against travel...so I suppose it is true then. I love to travel but I am also a little afraid of catching a serious illness while there and knowing that medical care is not really up to par, it definitely scares me a little bit...
Ok, but I think getting ill and having no medical services is not typical for Nigeria. Actually, I think chances in Nigeria might be smaller, and Lagos should have some good hospitals as well. And transportation shouldn't be a problem either.
Okay....the illness/treatment aside, how unsafe would it be for a person like me to go visit the area my boyfriend is from? I am assuming Lagos is many many hours away from Warri...
I guess, because you know people there and are together, the unsafety is minimized. I don't know where Warri is sorry..
I guess its a dead point anyway since my boyfriend refuses to take me with him...and it makes him angry with me when I question him on why he doesn't want to take me and why I do not trust his judgement.
Listen to your boyfriend. The area around Warri is a dangerous part of the country for any foriegner and much more so for a white woman. I lived in the Lagos area for a couple of years with my wife and teenage daughter and never had any problems. Having said that, I do know of several people who did have problems when they traveled into the area you are thinking of. I am sure he is a bit touchy when you question him as he is not proud of what has occured in the area in the recent past. I enjoyed my relationships with the people, you will be hard pressed to find a happier and more optomistic group of people when you consider the conditions that so many of them have to live in. It is a country of great promise but is plauged by the same corruption that has left so many countries way behind where they could and should be.
I suppose so...I guess I just have a hard time believing the state of the country. I guess I have to believe my boyfriend.