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1. Posted by wind1valle (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

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Hi everyone,

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?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

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.

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 9y

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.

4. Posted by wind1valle (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

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...

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

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.

6. Posted by wind1valle (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

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...

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I guess, because you know people there and are together, the unsafety is minimized. I don't know where Warri is sorry..

8. Posted by wind1valle (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

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.

9. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

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.

10. Posted by wind1valle (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

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.