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8 Important Things To Know Before You Buy Nigerian Property

If you are considering buying property or land in Nigeria, there are some important things to know about the culture.

You can find all kinds of properties available for sale and for rent, but it’s tough to understand the smaller nuances of the culture without making a visit.

In this article, we’ll share a few important things to note before taking the leap to relocate your family to Nigeria. If you are only purchasing investment property, these are less important to know.

However, they can still be beneficial as you decide where you’re going to invest. Of course, this ultimately depends on your priorities (cost, schooling, climate, population, closeness to conveniences, facilities, etc).

Nigerian Neighborhoods

First, let’s break down the most popular neighborhoods, and why people choose to live there. Lagos is known for many things and is a true representation of Africa’s middle class. Most people are employed, have their own homes, families, hobbies, and there are countless things to do in the city.


Ikoyi is arguably the best place to live in Lagos.

Known to house the rich and wealthy, this city is the best place to be if you’re well off. The crime rate in Ikoyi is almost non-existent and the city doesn’t cut corners when it comes to security. Whether you are raising children or looking for a stable investment property, there are many good schools, Montessori schools, and universities in Ikoyi.

Further, The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Nigerian Government Presidential Secretariat and the Deputy-Governor of Lagos State all live in the city of Ikoyi, Lagos.

If there was a national emergency, this would likely be the safest retreat.

Ikoyi is a convenient place to do business, and many foreign travelers stop through this city. The only downside we can think of when it comes to this city is the frequent traffic gridlock.


Lekki is right by Victoria Island. Known for its upscale nightclubs, bars, malls, hotels, galleries, and cinemas, this one is a popular tourist destination. As a result, it is safer than many other cities in the world. Lekki has also got the best beaches you can visit in Lagos.

There are numerous thoughtfully arranged apartment complexes and every convenience you can imagine in a 1st world country. There are supermarkets, stores, eateries, and restaurants, as well as an Oriental Hotel, Baylounge, Hard Rock Café, and the Landmark Centre. This is where most of the reality TV shows shoot the live’s of the wealthy population of Nigeria.

Victoria Island

Just like Lekki and Ikoyi, Victoria Island (V.I) is also a great place to live or do business. With many corporate headquarters of big businesses in Lagos since 1995, Victoria Island has a notable elite population.

It is also the principal financial center of Lagos. There are many bank headquarters, making Victoria Island the smartest place to start a business in Lagos.


Ikeja is the capital of Lagos and one of the most populated cities.

Additionally, Ikeja is regarded as the center of business in Lagos. If you have an established business or ample capital to get your business off the ground, its not a bad idea to start here. Ikeja is a well planned, clean, and quiet residential community in Lagos.

It’s a short drive away from all the excitement of the city, without the gridlock traffic.

The most popular areas in Ikeja include:

  • Ojodu,
  • Opebi,
  • Akiode,
  • Alausa,
  • Agidingbi,
  • Magodo &
  • Maryland.


We love selling properties in Ajah!

It’s just gorgeous, and one of the best opportunities for generating a return on your investment.

Ajah is very close to one of the biggest market in Lagos, and it is also one of the most beautiful places in the entire country.

This city has security, and a thriving commercial environment.

There are many well-priced estates springing up in between Ajah and Lekki, making this entire region a great place to invest and live.

Garden City

This is a trendy neighborhood. Thus, there are several toll gates you have to make way through to get here. Victoria Garden City’s gated community is one of the newest neighborhoods in Lagos. Ultimately, this area is newly developed but really nice. If you want modern facilities, posh clubs, gyms, boutiques, schools, and recreation centers – this city has everything you need.

5 Important Things To Know

So without further delay, let’s talk about the environment and culture in Nigeria. You may already know some of these pointers, but nonetheless, they are the most important to consider when buying land or property.

Nigeria is hot.

Nigeria is hot and humid!

If you’re looking for sunshine all through the year, Nigeria is generally warm and inviting.

The weather varies from place to place, but it never snows. Additionally, the high humidity makes it feel much hotter than it actually is and many people have air-conditioners in their cars, houses, and offices to avoid the sticky sweatiness that comes with hot humid weather.

The country is lively & chaotic.

We want to make this clear so that you may avoid culture shock upon arriving to the bustling city of Lagos.

Remember, Nigeria is a developing country. You might recognize aspects of the country that remind you of the roughness of Delhi, New York, London, or Rio De Janeiro. Don’t be alarmed.

In many areas just outside the chaos of the city center, the roads are untarred, the buildings are simple, and the people lead quiet agricultural lives.

You might feel like there’s no order, as some places don’t even have stable electricity or portable water.

However, many locals have generators to provide their own electricity as well as their own water supply.

This is just cultural custom, and like many cultures, people do what has always worked for them. It may look like chaos when you see arbitrary police stops on the road, unclear instructions given by the government officials, and unstable electricity. However, there’s a formula to the chaos that works for the country and makes for ample opportunity to invest in a developing, extremely populated region.

Meats & Spices

In major cities like Lagos, Nigeria — you can find Indian, Japanese, American, French, Chinese, and even Ethiopian food.

There’s actually lots and lots of Chinese food.

But also prepare for lots of meats, starches, and very spicy Nigerian food.

Pretty much everything in Nigeria is flavorful and spicy (hot).

Many restaurants can adjust the pepper level of your meal to your liking, however. Nigerian food is a true representation of the culture, offering a medley of deep, earthy, and lively flavors. Most restaurants offer vegetarian, and even vegan menu options, however, it may be difficult to adhere to other dietary restrictions like oil allergies.

Public transportation is rough.

The public transport system does not work on a strict schedule and may be overcrowded.

For more comfortable options, you can take Uber or Taxify which work seamlessly in Nigeria just like many other countries.

Money vs Cards

Some cities prefer cashless transactions and accept bank cards. However, relying on debit/credit cards can be unreliable in smaller cities and rural areas. To be safe, always carry both methods of payment. Fortunately, ATMs are available throughout the country.

Religion is important.

Nigeria is a diverse community of many cultures, languages, etc. However, one in seven people are of Nigerian descent.

Even though the country is a secular state, half of the population identifies as Christian and the other majority identifies as Muslim.

Friend groups may intermix, but do not expect people to separate their religious activities from those of their work lives.

There is also a growing Hindu community and other religious sects. The country is also well decorated with churches and mosques, but as long as you too are tolerant, people won’t have a problem with you expressing your religious views.


As mentioned, the traffic comes with city life. Like New York City, give yourself ample time to get to your destination because large cities like Lagos are very, very busy.

Get Vaccinated

This isn’t usually an issue, but it can never hurt to take precautions that will keep you healthy.

The Nigerian climate, food, flora, and fauna has a different effect on everybody.

Tropical bugs or allergens are everywhere. It’s also very warm, and the food is very spicy – so your stomach may take time to adjust. Nigeria is not any more diseased than other countries, however, residents are typically more immune to certain illnesses than visitors and foreigners. It pays to plan ahead, and protect yourself from any common diseases people from your home country have become susceptible to in Nigeria.

Once you become a local, this won’t be an issue any longer.

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10 Ways You Can Profit From Investing in Nigerian Real Estate

The Nigerian property scene has become a hot cake in recent months, diverting global attention its way with its constant activity and immense profits. If you are toying with the idea of getting onboard this lucrative bandwagon, here are ten ways you could make money off the native property market:

1)     Flipping land

You can choose to buy local land and hold on to it until it significantly appreciates. It’s always on an upward trend in the country, and you can realize insane profits in the region of 50% (sometimes even up to 80%!) in under a year for a good location.

2)     Trading properties

Akin to land flipping, you can also acquire properties for future sales with incredible profits. Buying and selling houses is riveting business in a country with a large population that’s always on the hunt for a place to call home or start a business. Such investments can pay off with profits of up to 20 or 30% of the purchase value.

3)     Property shares

Real estate stocks are in plenty in the local stock exchange, and if you know who to place your trust and money on, you’ll reaping the rewards every year. With enough shares, profits could be in the millions of naira. You’ll need a financial consultant well-versed with the native real estate industry by your side to help you make the right calls.

4)     Land survey earnings

If you have a career in land surveying, the Nigerian real estate market is your oyster. By investing in it, you’ll be privy to notable meet-and-greets and come across new opportunities to expand your client base. 

5)     Fabrication and welding services

Door protectors, overhead tanks, scaffolding, and whatnot ensure fabrication technicians and welders have plenty of work at their disposal. And they earn a respectable amount per project, making it an excellent career choice.

6)     Legal services

As with real estate industries everywhere, legal representation is necessary to get deals over the line. With a market seeing thousands of property transactions each month, you’ll have plenty of clients to offer legal counsel for a percentage of the sale.

7)     Carpentry opportunities

From the roofing to kitchen cabinets and everything in between, there’s a lot of carpentry work to go around with house sales. You can help with renovations and installations if you are in this line of work, and make more than decent earnings off ever-shifting property ownerships.

8)     Construction deals

Construction companies are the backbone of the real estate sector, and they earn modest incomes for clearing vast lands, setting up buildings, or renting out their equipment. While a construction company is a pretty hefty investment, it pays off for the brave of heart.

9)     Agent commissions

A property agent gets about 10% of the sale totals, and it’s not hard to carve out such a career path in Nigeria. A population upwards of 190 million means there’s no shortage of people in need of the services of an agent.

10) Renting opportunities

Did you know that close to eight out of ten Nigerians rent houses with only 20% boasting homeownership? Well, that’s good news to real estate investors as this means a constant supply of renting demand.

Nowhere but up!

It’s looking good for Nigerian real estate investors, as all the signs point to the industry only getting more profitable. The market may have taken a dip three years ago but it has come back stronger than ever thanks to improving economic conditions. There’s no better time to invest in the local real estate industry than the present!

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Gracias Gardens Buy 6 Get 1 Free for N850,000

For only N850,000 you can purchase 7 properties in Ise Town Ibeju Lekki! Contact GAIA to take advantage of this special offer!

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10 Reasons why you should invest in Nigeria

Nigeria is a beautiful African country on the Gulf of Guinea. It offers countless natural landmarks, abundant wildlife, economic opportunities & tourism, and is just a quick flight away from many of the major economic centers of the world. You’ll find everything from waterfalls, to dense rainforests, artifacts from the oldest civilization known to mankind, wild savanna landscapes, and rare species of animals and plant life.

Top reasons why you should invest in owning Nigerian property

Below are the top reasons people invest in Nigeria.

1. Affordability
2. Terrain
3. Culture
4. Economic Development
5. Abundance of Natural Resources
6. Timing
7. Large Population
8. Free Market Economy
9. Major Cities, Seaports, and Established Infrastructure
10. Political Stability

Not convinced yet?

In Nigeria, primary education is free and compulsory.

Nigeria is a developing country, and thus, it is a great region to consider raising a family and building wealth in. Here are five more reasons why we think you should take advantage of the opportunity to invest in Nigerian real estate:

#1 The Giant of Africa

Nigeria is considered the “Giant of Africa.” It is the most populous country in Africa. Nigeria has a population of more than 190 million people. What does that mean? Well, there are more than 250 distinct ethnic groups. Nigeria is home to the archaeological discoveries of The Nok civilization. This is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and evidence for archeological discoveries in Nigeria, date this civilization back to 9000 BC. In other words, this civilization will withstand the test of time.

#2 Largest Economy

Nigeria has the biggest economic growth in Africa. It is the largest producer of crude oil and 8th largest exporter in the entire world.

#3 Fastest-Growing Population in Africa

The population of Nigeria is the fastest growing in Africa with a population of 200 million people.

#4 A Rich & Fertile Terrain

Nigeria will be home to one of the worlds largest oil refinery which is being built in Lagos by Aliko Dangote. He is the wealthiest man in Africa.

Further, Lagos is the largest city with a growing population of 21 million. Abuja, the capital, has a growing population of 6 million. Lagos is also known as “Africa’s Big Apple.” It’s the New York City of Nigeria and sees nearly 2 million tourists each year. This is due to its economic center of attraction, commercial, and industrial hub to both Nigerians and the world.

Lagos also has the longest bridge in Africa. The Third Mainland Bridge connecting Lagos Island to the mainland is the longest bridge in Africa. It measures about 11.8km long.

#5 Everyone Speaks English

With all the diversity in Nigeria, you might be wondering how difficult it is to do business in the region. Well, the majority of people are educated and speak fluent English. However, Nigerians also speak Pidgin English.

Pidgin is a local variant — comparable to a Southern accent or New Yorker accent in the United States. Pidgin, however, is a unique language on its own which combines several dialects and slang with common English words. It’s very easy to navigate, however, because most people speak fluent English along with one or two of the 350+ languages from various regions in Africa.


Nigerian Real Estate 101

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