Nigeria has beautiful rainforests, towering waterfalls and green savannahs. And yet there are many more unsightly places in this country. Be that as it may, Nigerians are looking for tourism, which means that there is a dime a dozen goods for visitors here. If you put aside all the consumer goods, of which there are so many on the market, you can see really worthy things. Colorful souvenirs, useful home accessories, women’s jewelry and much more are brought from Nigeria. Unfortunately, shopping in Lagos or Abuja does not always go smoothly, but we hope that our tips will help you avoid it.
The national currency of the country is Nigerian Naira (see our online converter for the current exchange rate). It is most profitable to change dollars or pounds sterling, but only some capital banks accept currency for conversion. Cashless payments are not common in Nigeria. Even in Lagos, it is difficult to find places where a card may be useful to you (they are not really accepted even in banks). In short, stock up on cash.
And one more important point: change money only in banks or at hotels, avoid street dealers. First, their activities are illegal. If a police officer sees you, you will go to jail. Secondly, even if you slip past the guards, the street person will most likely simply deceive you and slip counterfeit bills. Don’t take risks.
So what can you bring from Nigeria?
English is spoken in Nigeria, so you can easily find common language with sellers. There are several large shopping centers in Lagos (the most popular is Ikeja City Mall). There are almost no brand stores here, and it is almost impossible to buy cosmetics from Europe or the USA. In short, shopping in Nigeria is completely different.
Quite good shops (including grocery ones) are kept by merchants from Lebanon. They have their own goods, so you probably won’t buy anything purely Nigerian here.
The most interesting things can be found in the market. Just be careful – there are a lot of pickpockets and scammers here. It is best to go here with one of the locals or with a guide. Unaccompanied girls have nothing to do here at all.
In Lagos, it is worth stopping by the Lekki Market. The quietest and most interesting shopping experience in Abuja awaits you at Abuja Arts & Crafts Village. There are many interesting colorful things. You can safely bargain on the market: reduce prices by 30-50%.
There is a wide selection of textiles in the markets of Nigeria: clothes, home accessories, stoles and other useful things. You will have to look for really high-quality things. Any bazaar in the country is a real collapse. One tent can sell good cotton bedspreads, plastic watches, rubber balls, sunglasses, vegetable oil, potatoes, wooden figurines … You probably already understand what this means: if you want to bring home a really good thing from Nigeria, you have to spend time.
Pay special attention to bedspreads and rugs in black and white – this is an example of African style. In craft towns you can find pieces of fabric decorated with bright ornaments in the national style.
In Nigeria, you can profitably buy leather goods. The country is generally famous for its dressing and coloring. Shoes are probably not worth taking – they are not designed for our climate at all. But a bag, wallet or belt is worth buying. Women’s accessories made from colored pieces of leather look especially great. They are made by simple artisans, but they almost look like haute couture.
Lovers of exotic are advised to take a closer look at things made of snake or crocodile skin. Reptiles are caught and eaten here, and a variety of accessories are made from their skin. They are much cheaper than Russian and European ones.
You can bring interesting jewelry from Nigeria to women and girls. It’s not only about jewelry, but also about jewelry. African-style jewelry is usually massive, bright and beautiful.
In Nigeria, it is worth buying jewelry made of gold and silver with precious stones – it is profitable. Just never take them to the markets, because, as a rule, solid fakes are sold there. But in stores you must be given a certificate of quality. If they don’t give, leave and don’t buy anything.