Find Out What Stereotypes About Nigeria This Expat Wishes to Dispel

Considering a move to a foreign country? Expatations features foreign nationals from countries around the world who share their insights on life in their adopted countries and what to expect in-country. We feature Ricardo Combellas, an expat who calls Lagos, Nigeria home.

Aerial View of Lagos. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Where are you originally from?
The United States

Where are you living now?
Lagos, Nigeria

What is your occupation?

What do you enjoy most about Lagos and how would you rate the quality of life?
I enjoy the company of excellent people and restaurants

Would you say that it is a city for young single professionals, couples or families with children?
It is a city for professionals with families

Quadrangle at the American International School, Lagos

Quadrangle at the American International School, Lagos

Would you be able to speak to the educational system in Lagos – what is available at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education?
Good education is available with US & International schools

What does the expat community in Lagos look like?
The expat community is numerous and diverse

What is the cost of living in Lagos, would you say it is an expensive place to live relative to other African cities?
It is quite expensive when compared to living in the United States

How would you rate the public transportation in Lagos? What is the best way to get around?
Public transportation is poor

Are there any areas or suburbs within the city that you would recommend for expats to live in?
Yes, Lekki, Victoria Island (VI) and Ikoyi

What is the weather like year round?
Hot, but pleasant during the rainy season

In your experience, what do you think are some stereotypes about Nigeria that you wish to dispel?
One is that people in Lagos are not aggressive

Was it easy for you to meet new people and make new friends?
I met people through other friends

What is the shopping experience like in Lagos?
It is okay

In your opinion, what would you say the city is best known for?
Commercial activities

Do you ever have to worry about your safety?

What are the biggest adjustments you had to make, if any? How is the culture here different from yours?
No major changes; I love Nigerians

Is there anything else that you would like expats considering a move to Lagos or Nigeria in general to know?
Be open to new experiences and work together with Nigerians; they are hardworking and trustful