Why Nigeria & Africa?

Africa - along with the Middle East, South America and Asia - is presently growing at a much faster economic rate in comparison with the established western world, offering potential for significant growth in the liquid packaging market. In Liquid Dairy Products (LDP), Africa is forecast to become the world's second fastest growing market, with demand increasing annually by 3.5 per cent to around 17.3 billion litres over the period 2011-2014. There is also increasing growth in 'middle-class' consumers, with greater expendable income, bringing demand for access to more sophisticated products.  As a result, many well-known brands of drink are becoming more readily available throughout the African continent.

The investment from SBA and Sidel recognises these trends, delivering the means to provide local service backed by Sidel's 50 years' experience in blowing, 150 years in filling and 35 years in labelling, proven in projects throughout the world.

Nigeria is a country of great contrasts and great opportunities. Oil has brought great wealth to many, but this stands alongside poverty and disease. Nigeria has so many developing markets and is fighting to produce so many everyday products within the country that there are huge opportunities in so many sectors.

Living in Nigeria
As the nation is home to many international corporations, particularly in the oil industry, people of many different nationalities opt for expat life in Nigeria. There are large communities of Brits, US-Americans, East Indians, Japanese, and Greeks. People hailing from Arab countries such as Syria and Lebanon are numerously represented as well.

Many foreign workers from China help improve everyday life in Nigeria by advancing the nation’s railway connections. Thus, life in Nigeria is strongly shaped by the many infrastructural challenges of the country.

There are plenty of shops, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, local markets, cinemas, sports clubs, and other such attractions to keep you and your family entertained, but local knowledge is essential as things tend to be scattered around the islands and the mainland.

Nigeria's currency is the Nigerian Naira (NGN) and is broken up into 100 kobo, where 100 kobo = 1 Naira. It is not recommend that expats carry any substantial amount of cash; rather carry only the necessary amount that may be required for a daily basis. That said, Nigeria is still a cash-based society, so cash will still be necessary for many purchases. More establishments are starting to accept debit/credit cards as standard forms of payment for goods and services.

Expats are able to operate both foreign and local accounts from Nigeria. Foreigners generally prefer to maintain offshore and international accounts, and to open a local one for small amounts of cash. Salaries are paid into foreign accounts, and then changed over into the currency of choice by the employee, usually from the US dollar. You will be provided with smaller amount in Country to allow for living expenses.

General Medical Care
It is highly recommended expats use only private clinics and hospitals for routine check ups and minor issues, however, for serious health procedures, it is usual to evacuate to South Africa. Private health insurance is essential, especially if a situation arises where you need to an emergency evacuation abroad (make sure this is part of your policy).

It is recommended that expats bring a supply of any required prescription medication in their luggage. Certain pharmaceuticals may not be available in Nigeria, and research is advised.

Expats should get inoculation shots for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles Hepatitis A and B, and possibly Typhoid, Meningitis and Rubella. A Yellow Fever vaccination is no longer required.

There are plenty of schools to choose from and both UK and international programmes are available. Most of the best schools have their own websites, but you need to visit the school to get a real feel for the place. When you do chose a school, think carefully about location and travel times as these can be very important factors. Ask for advice from schools and your driver. Do not chose a distant school unless you want to consider the option of boarding.

A levels are quite widely available, but you will probably want to look to the UK, US, Canada or South Africa for university. Also, be aware that many schools are still offering the (very) old GCE 'O' level programme which was replaced in the UK by the GCSE (equivalent to IGCSE) in the early 1980s.

Nigeria at a glance
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