Etiquette in Nigeria

Nigeria is located in West Africa and is home to over 182 million people.

The country is a federal presidential republic.

The official language is English. Major languages include Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba. There are 512 languages spoken in Nigeria.

58% of Nigerians practice Christianity, while 41% practice Islam. About 1% practice animism or some other religion.

The currency of Nigeria is the naira.

Welcome people with a handshake and a pleasant smile. It’s important to smile.

Ask about people’s families and well-being. Take your time in greeting them, for this is an important social moment.

A woman must usually extend her hand for a greeting. Please note that some Muslims will not choose to shake hands with people of the opposite sex.

Don’t take too much time staring people in the eyes.

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Note that observance of time can be very relaxed. Given the extremes of traffic, people can be late.

Personal space isn’t necessarily a concern for some Nigerians.

Do not use the thumbs up sign. It’s offensive.

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