Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Very appreciative of all the comments on the blog

Thank you to EVERYONE who has commented on my blog. Your comments keep me posting!

I have tried to write on most of our major experiences here in Nigeria and I feel that our experience has been very positive. I think we are making the most of our time here and we still have a lot of places to see, within in Nigeria and in surrounding countries. This year we hope to travel within Nigeria and to Cameroon and possibly Senegal. Likely next year we will hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the hightest peak in Africa!

Check back to see what we have been up to!

Thanks!

8 comments:

Dola said...

It's great to here positive comments from foreigners in Nigeria. All we seem to get in the news is the negativity. I am a Nigerian temporarily in the UK. I hope to return to Nigeria soon. As much as I appreciate the positives we should not overlook the negatives. Their is still so much social injustice and poverty. Help us to highlight these aspects as the west would probably listen to you than to a black man.

Dola

Dave said...

Hello,

My name is Dave, my wife and I are also from Houston and moving to Lagos, Nigeria.

I've enjoyed reading your blog and hope you continue doing well there.

I had a question, if you don't mind. My wife was thinking about doing an online masters program while I'm at work and I was wondering if you think that the internet there is reliable enough to do that?

Yall seem very adventuresome and I look forward to reading more about your time there.

Thanks,

Dave

Lisa said...

Dola,

Thanks for your comment. I will add some posts in the future about the negatives. I have one in mind to talk about the poor infrastructure here. For a country that makes so much money from oil, it is a shame that there is not constant power supplied to everyone or the roads are not in better shape!

Dave,
Many of the non-working spouses that come here do take online courses. A coworker's wife is currently working on a Nursing degree. The internet at our place, through a company called 21st Century, is good but not as fast as RoadRunner internet cable I had in Houston. There are days that it can be very slow or not working (last night). My internet is provided by the company I work for but I have heard of very fast service that others have subscribed to. So yes... there is reasonable internet to take courses.

Godd Luck in your move and let me know if you have any questions about moving here.

Lisa

Dave said...

Lisa,

Thanks for your comments

Your blog has made my wife and I much less apprehensive about our upcoming move.

I'm sure that we will have more questions, and I appreceiate your response.

Thanks again,

Dave

V. said...

Lisa.
Thaks for all the info you include in your blog. My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving to Abuja in the next few months, so we find your blog very useful.
I was wondering if you could tell us a little more about the items that yous shipped from the US, the ones you say are too expensive, not available, or not of the desired quality.
Tks. a lot!! Hope you keep having a good time!

Lisa said...

Hello V.,
Abuja is much quieter (okadas are not allowed), cleaner and much less populated. I don't know how big the expat population is so I am unaware of what stores are there for you to buy imported goods. The Lebanese have taken over the import business in Lagos and run most of the appliance and grocery stores. I am not as familiar with what you can get in Abuja but I can provide an idea of what you would need in Lagos.
If you bring any 110V appliances or AV equipment, I would get the UPS and transformer in the US (East-West Appliances in Houston). You can get them here but I don't think the quality is as good. Many people bring over laundry detergent as it is expensive here (imported from Europe). Cereal is expensive as is vegetable or olive oil.

The poor quality items that I can think of are paper towels and to a much lesser extent Toilet paper. Many folks bring it but the TP here is not that bad!

You can get most sodas here but if you like Dr. Pepper like I do, then you will have to bring it.

If you post your email address, I will get it and then delete your post so the email address is not out there for all to see. We can talk more specifics then.
Lisa

S. 'Jide Komolafe said...

Hi Bob and Lisa,

Thanks for your insightful posts; much appreciated!

My wife and I are relocating to Lagos in the fall and will be shipping our goods in two weeks. Our dilema is whether or not to purchase an America 110v refrigerator which is much cheaper than purchasing a 220v from an export company. Will a voltage converter be sufficient or should we just simply buy a 220v?

Thanks and God bless!

'Jide

Lisa said...

Sorry for the slow response and hope it is not too late. I would suggest getting a 220V refrigerator in Nigeria as you would likley need a huge transformer to convert to 110V and you would have to make sure it runs at the proper Hz. If you do get the right conversion, the fridge will likely run very inefficiently. Hope this helps.
Lisa