Nigeria

Last updated: 4/19/2017

Nigeria is the most populous nation on the continent – nearly every fifth African is Nigerian – it dominates the region. But Lagos,  the main city, is resurgent: with burgeoning tech industries, posh restaurants and clubs, and an exploding arts scene, this megacity is the face of modern Africa. There are over 500 languages spoken by 250 people groups in Nigeria, making it one of the most significant countries in need of Bible translation. We have many opportunities to serve with the MAST process in Nigeria. There is a need in Nigeria not only for the translation of the Bible, but also for literacy and Scripture use work so that the Word of God can be understood and followed.

 

Quick Jump

MAST

VISA

You can obtain the Visa on your own, but this is a very cumbersome process and you risk losing your money, if there are any problems with the application.

  • Option #1
    • Working with a Wycliffe Associate to help you walk trough the process.
    • They will walk you through the whole process during a 2 hour conference call with Travel Docs. 
  • Option #2
    • You obtain the Visa on your own

Local Contact:

  • Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead for MAST


MEDICAL:

  • Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Nigeria for the most up to date medical info for travel to Nigeria.  
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccines.
  • Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal. 


Clothes:,

  • For Men:
    • Causal western style shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops are not recommended. Whites not recommended during the dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and a sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc. in capitol, but we do not recommend this since we must be  the examples.
  • For Women:
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress, but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dress/skirts and blouses. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves). There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly.
  • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes.  Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat's shoes.  There is a proverb, "as you dress so shall you be perceived."

Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater or jacket will suffice and an umbrella for the rainy season.

 

Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug spray - with Deet or wipe in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • A small flashlight and a small battery operated fan.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies(Tylenol/Aleve, Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, Vaseline), your toiletries. toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available, but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish, but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible(especially when traveling).  It is always good to have a copy of your passport.

 

Things To Know:

  • Be prepared to do without running water, electricity, or internet on occasion.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket,.
  • Our translators will want to take good care of us, Nigerian people are extremely kind and caring.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Nigeria so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money