Lagos is a vibrant and bustling city and travelers first arriving will most likely have their senses overwhelmed by the chaos, noise and traffic. The lifestyle in Lagos is fast paced and, as the fastest growing city in Africa, hustle and bustle abound. However, once you get over the initial culture shock, there is more to Lagos than overcrowding, high crime, power cuts and traffic jams, and there is much to explore and enjoy in the city. There is no denying that Nigerians are a friendly people, and Lagosians are no exception. Due to poverty and city slums, beggars are also common and street children can be found hounding foreigners on the assumption that they are wealthy.
This cosmopolitan city is a melting pot of African, Asian and Western cultures. This is evident in the cuisine on offer in Lagos, where there are plenty of modern restaurants serving both local and international dishes. International restaurants are largely concentrated in the more affluent areas of the city, and food vendors line the streets of the commercial districts.
Lagos is also famous throughout West Africa for its vibrant music scene – there are dozens of nightclubs and live music venues across the city. Western music, hip hop and traditional African bands are popular forms of entertainment. The city is the heart of Nigeria’s film industry, often referred to as 'Nollywood'. It’s the largest film industry in Africa, and most major studios are located in Lagos.
Women digital nomads traveling to Lagos will need to take the same precaution as you would in any large cities. The amount of crime in Lagos has gone down significantly in the past few decades, particularly violent crime. The worst that might happen to you if you do venture out alone or get off the beaten path is getting mugged. Lagos Island can also become a bit less safe at night, so keep your wits about you if you head out after hours. Nigerian culture is also more conservative, patriarchal and religious.
December to March is the best time to visit Lagos. Lagos has a tropical wet and dry climate with two distinct rainy seasons; the more intense one occurs between April and July, with a milder one from October to November.