AT A GLANCE
is an English-speaking country on the west coast of Africa, and the
most populous nation in the continent.The Federal Republic if Nigeria,
under a democratic government, consists of 36 States and Federal Capital
Nigeria has a population of over 120 million people.
The literacy level in Nigeria is increasing on a regular basic. As
at 2003, the adult literacy level was over 57.1%. Today, there are
over 35 million Nigerians at various educational institutions in the
country. A breakdown of the composition includes:
29,426,983 pupils in primary schools; 6,228,487 students in junior
and senior secondary schools. Tertiary institutions in the country
are made up of 35 Federal and State-owned Universities, 7 Private
Universities, 44 State-owned and 7 Private Polytechnics, as well as
58 Colleges of Education.
Nigeria is a multi-lingual nation, with English as the official language
and more than 250 local languages.
The weather is tropical in most periods of the year, with an average
maximum temperature of 33°C
Nigeria is naturally endowed with scenic locations. Lagos, the venue
of the Nigeria International Book Fair, is the commercial nerve-center
of the country and it is bounded in the south by the Atlantic Ocean.
Notable tourist attractions such as the Badagry and Lekki Beaches,
the Tarkwa Bay, the Ijede Spring, the National Museum, the National
Arts Theatre, the Eyo Cenotaph, the Enu- Owa Shrine and Brazilian
quarters dot the state.The country as a whole holds a lure for lovers
of nature, with her evergreen mangrove landscape enveloping the western
region, through the eastern states to the spread savannah in the northern
part. The Olumo Rock, the Oka and Idanre Hills, the Ikogosi Warm Spring
and the Arinta Waterfalls, the Old Oyo National park, the Ikere-Gorge
Dam, the Erin Ijesha Waterfalls, the Ife Museum and the Osun Osogbo
Shrine are other locations of tourists' delight.
In addition to all these, there are the Rivers Niger and Benue confluence,
the Obudu Cattle Ranch, the Escavos Sand Bar. Different rock formations
in Abuja and many break waters and caves across the country.
Please contact Nigeria International Book Fair office for prior arrangement
on visit to places of interest during the fair.
There are standard hotels across the country, offering local or continental
cuisines. In Lagos, there are five star hotels like the Le Meridian
Eko Hotel, Federal Palace Hotel, Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos Sheraton Hotel
and Towers Lagos, Airport Hotels and many others not more than one
hour drive away from the fair venue.
It is safe to move about in the country, especially in Lagos, during
the day. However, visitors are advised to travel in charter taxis
and yellow-color buses to and from from designated bus stops.
AND BANKING HOURS
Nigeria's Official Currency is the Naira and it currently exchanges
at the rate of US$1.00, N234.03 to £1.00 and N156.53 to E1.00.
Banks in Nigeria open to the public from 8:00am to 4:00pm-Monday to
Friday, while some banks operate on Saturdays from 8:00am to12noon.Government
and commercial offices open from 8:00am to 4:00pm and 8:00am to 5:00pm
Nigeria is accessible by air, sea and land. International and domestic
flights operate on various Nigerian routes on regular basis. It is
always a beehive of activities at our Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt
International Airports. Major air operators like British Airways,
Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Virgin Airlines, Air France and Emirates
use Nigeria's airports as the gateway to other countries in the continent.
For further information on moving around in Nigeria, please contact
Nigeria International Book Fair office for prior arrangements or NIBF
Information Unit at the fair venue.
Citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
require only Entry Permit to visit Nigeria. However, all other nationals
visiting the country need to obtain visas from the Nigerian Embassy/High
Commission nearest to them. Such visitors are advised to apply as
early as possible.
There is a 2.5% import duty on books imported to Nigeria.However,
Nigerian Book Fair Trust has a co-ordinated clearing arrangement with
ACTIVAIR of UK for the delivery of all consignments meant for the
Nigeria International Book Fair. For further information on shipment,
Action Court, Ashford Road,
Ashford TW15 1XS, UK.