All standards of accommodation are available in Abuja, Nigeria.
ICT4D Conference participants must book and pay for their own accommodation by submitting a request to their chosen hotel. View a range of partner hotels close to the venue, the accommodation listed will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In Nigeria’s towns and cities, ATMs can be found in banks, hotels, train stations or shopping malls. However, if heading off the beaten track, then it’s worth checking in advance to make sure there’s an ATM somewhere conveniently located.
Abuja features a tropical wet and dry climate. The rainy season begins from April and ends in October, daytime temperatures reach 28°C (82.4°F) to 30°C (86.0°F) and night-time lows hover around 22°C (71.6°F) to 23°C (73.4°F).
In Nigeria the power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
ICT4D Conference recommends bringing your own adapters.
Nigerian cuisine consists of dishes or food items from the hundreds of ethnic groups that comprise Nigeria. Like other West African cuisines, it uses spices and herbs with palm or groundnut oil to create deeply flavoured sauces and soups. Nigerian feasts are colourful and lavish, while aromatic market and roadside snacks cooked on barbeques or fried in oil are in abundance and varied.
Ensure that you drink only from trusted sources. These include commercially sealed bottled water and water dispensers.
Abuja is the capital city in Nigeria, a country in West Africa. Nigeria shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the south and it borders Lake Chad to the northeast.
Internet service are widely available in hotels, although the quality and speed of the connection varies.
Basic Wi-Fi connection will be available to ICT4D Conference and ICT4D Training Day participants.
Nigeria is a diverse multi-ethnic country, English is the official language of Nigeria and is used in education, business and for official purposes. In rural areas, indigenous languages of Yoruba and Igbo are more commonly spoken.
The Nigerian monetary unit is the Naira (N) which is divided into 100 Kobo’s. Nigeria is predominantly a cash-based economy however, the use of debit cards is widespread in urban areas.
Credit cards are rarely accepted and there is a high risk of fraud associated with their use. Some banks will stop credit card transactions originating in Nigeria because of the prevalence of credit card fraud, and some will also prevent withdrawals from ATMs in Nigeria.
If you intend to use a credit or debit card in Nigeria, don’t forget to take advice from your card issuer before travelling.
Remember to bring USD ($), however larger, clean bank notes not older than 2013 are preferred, so travel with a few USD $100 notes for this purpose.
Photography is not allowed in strategic areas. Do not take photographs of any site or activity that may be considered sensitive by Nigerian Security Services including airports, ports, government buildings, religious facilities, foreign embassies and missions, military installations, official chief of mission residences, police formations and military formations. Always ask before taking a photograph of anyone or anything.
Nigeria is a secular society. Christians dominate in the South; Muslims dominate in the North of the country.
Smoking is banned in public places in Nigeria.
Value Added Tax (VAT) is currently at 5% and levied on most items.
International telephone communication is generally good but more difficult in some rural areas. Nigeria has a good mobile phone network and local SIM cards can be purchased throughout the country. International roaming facilities are available. The prefix for dialing from abroad to Nigeria is +234.
Nigeria is in WAT (West Africa Time) UTC/GMT +1 hours’ time zone.