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.
Where are you originally from?
The United States
Where are you living now?
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
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?
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