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.

Greetings Etiquette

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.

Miscellaneous Etiquette

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.