The dress code of Nigeria’s Civil Service and business community is relatively formal. Therefore businessmen should bring plenty of lightweight suits and ties. Out of office hours dress is mostly casual slacks with open neck shirts and T-shirts are appropriate. Shorts are essentially reserved for sporting events. Evening events can range from casual (no jacket) to formal (National Dress and black tie- although black tie is rare). Lightweight leather shoes are normally worn in the office, Trainers, sandals or flip-flops (called ‘slippers’) are won for casual wear. flip-flops are widely available.
For women, office wear includes suits, cotton dresses, blouses and skirts. Tights/stockings are still the exception. Out of the office lightweight slacks, T-shirts and tops are worn. Again, shorts are generally reserved for sporting occasions. It is also advisable to bring extra swim suits as they do not last long with frequent use and exposure to the sun and chorine. Sandals or light shoes are commonly worn.
Other suggested items include:
At least 20 passport-sized photographs of each family member for various uses (I.D Cards, Driver licenses, visas renewals etc)
A European style GSM cell phone that is ‘unlocked’ (SIM card can be purchased here from several service providers- see the “getting Settled”
A large sturdy umbrella for the rainy season and to protect against the sun during outings.
Visitors and residents are strongly residents are strongly urged to make sure they have medical insurance and evacuation coverage valid for Nigeria. Many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including emergency services such as medical evacuation.