Travel Alert: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends against all travel to some areas and against non-essential travel to others, please check with your relevant national government.

Nigeria dominates West Africa and its population of 127 million made it the seventh-most populated country in the world in July 2012. The country has lots to offer visitors, from its twoUNESCO World Heritage sites to the vibrant cities of Lagos and Calabar. It dominates West Africa economically and politically, and has produced music and literature whose influence spreads far beyond the continent. However, any journey to Nigeria carries potential risks, so you should check the State Department’s latest travel advice before you leave.

Some areas of the country are more dangerous than others for travelers from the United States. Situated in west Africa, Nigeria shares borders with Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Lagos and Port Harcourt are important cities on Nigeria’s Atlantic coast; the capital city Abuja is situated in central Nigeria.

Nigeria is a lower-middle income country, the second largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, and  is the World’s 8th largest producer of oil with a current output of 2.4 million barrels per day (mbpd) of quality crude. Despite Nigeria’s oil wealth, Nigeria’s GDP per capita is low and unemployment is at approximately 24%. (source:FCO)

Nigeria’s media scene is one of the most vibrant in Africa. State radio and TV have near-national coverage and operate at federal and regional levels. All 36 states run at least one radio network and a TV station.

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