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Lagos safety

Hi Friends

I am an author in the USA supposed to go to Nigeria to give a talk the end of May and I am now being told it is very dangerous. Is this accurate or unfounded? Thx for your help

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1. Re: Lagos safety

you have to frame your question properly, or you have to give more details about your trip for anyone to answer your question properly.

I can probably tell you friends also tell me down town Los Angeles is very dangerous as well.

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I think the LA analogy is very appropriate. Like any major city in the world you can find trouble in Lagos, but it is also possible to avoid it. Take sensible precautions and make sure you've got a local at the other end to look after you and you'll be fine

I personally have found stories about personal possessions being confiscated at the airport and the police shaking you down for a hand out at every street corner to be unfounded

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Thanks for the details. My concern is that I am faily well known from the movie the Secret, have written several best selling books and have been told that kidnappings are something for me to be careful of and that maybe it's best i do not go especially since the people hiring me want me to do alot of press while I am there to promote an outdoor evevent whereby 20-50,000 people are expected.

Thx again

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hi I have been to Lagos many times. Its relatively safe but of course like many big cities there can be problems.

Here is my advice

1. make sure you know where you are staying and its 100% booked in advance. there are some good 4 and 5 star hotels in Lagos and they are all safe and nice.

2. make sure you are met at the airport on arrival. Make sure you have a backup in case the person meeting you is delayed or you cant find them. The airport is busy and there are a lot of people outside the arrivals. Do NOT get into a taxi. Make sure you have the number of your hotel and its location with you in case anything goes wrong.

3. if you are travelling around in Lagos, then arrange a car through the hotel.

If you go out alone like for a walk or run, take no money with you, no cards, no mobile. I have been mugged a few times in Lagos and had my phone stolen once.

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I presume if you are that high profile and are going on invitation for a big event you are having everything organised for you. It is up to your organisers to ensure your safety and usually high profile guests are awarded arranged escort by the mobile police or similar.In reality that means that you will be escorted from the door of the airplane through the airport to a waiting secure car to your 5 star secure hotel. You will be then driven to your venue with some sort of 'pass' or escort which smoothes your way through all the road hassle and the people there (unless its a public meeting) will be of a level that will make kidnapping/mugging etc unlikely (ie they will be seriously rich also)These sort of arrangements are easy to sort out in Nigeria and done by 'rich' people/govt officials/oil workers etc all the time for travel. So check what has been arranged for you and insist on been met and driven everywhere. Kidnapping is more of a problem for oil workers in the Delta regions. Nigeria is not the safest place in the world but making appropriate arrangements lessens your risk, and as above even parts of the US are considered no go areas by us brits :) It is your choice to make the trip or not but other high profile filmstars/popstars/authors etc have made the trip and survived, and your effort will be appreciated.

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