Africa Internet Governance Forum 2023
Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria.
Venue – Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria.
Nigeria, located in West Africa, is a country with a rich and diverse history that spans thousands of years. Nigeria is a diverse nation with over 250 ethnic groups, each with its unique culture, languages, and traditions. It has a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, known for its literature, music (including Afrobeat), and film industry (Nollywood), which has gained international recognition. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and a major player in the continent’s political, economic, and cultural landscape. It continues to strive for stability, development, and unity while celebrating its rich heritage.
Nigeria falls within the West Africa Time Zone (WAT). It is 1 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 1)
In September, northern Nigeria experiences the tail end of the rainy season, transitioning into the dry season. Temperatures range from 28°C to 35°C (82°F to 95°F), with lower humidity compared to the southern regions. Rainfall decreases, but occasional showers or thunderstorms may still occur. Towards the end of the month, temperatures gradually begin to cool down, heralding the approach of the dry season.
The local currency used in the country is Naira (N) of which 850 Naira equates to 1 dollar using the prevailing exchange rates.
Nigeria has an estimated population of 225 million people and Abuja the capital city has an estimated population of 3.8 million people. It became Nigeria’s capital on December 12, 1991.
There are two distinct seasons in Abuja due to the city’s tropical wet and dry climate: the harmattan season and the rainy season. The harmattan season lasts from October to April, while the rainy season lasts from April to October.
The social language of Nigeria is English. English is the language of com merce and governance in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja. The Gbagyi (Gwari) are the original inhabitants of Abuja, and their language was once the dominant one in the area.
Even though English is the country’s social language and is widely spoken in Abuja, several local languages are still in use, especially Hausa, which is predominantly spoken in Northern Nigeria. In markets and on the streets, Pidgin English is seen as the lingua franca.
Driving in Abuja
Traffic congestion can make navigating Abuja and the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) challenging. There are alternative routes available to avoid traffic, and it is recommended to use a GPS navigation system (Google Maps).
Alternate means of transportation are Uber and Bolt. Ensure you have an active account/App to enable usage of the E-hailing service
Electrical Points in Abuja
It is advised that visitors bring a universal plug adapter to use their electronic devices.
The electrical supply is 220V AC, 50Hz. plugs used in most hotels are three-pin (British Standard), although two-pin plugs (European Standard) are also used. It is advisable to come along with Global adaptors.
Nigeria has four (4) mobile phone operators. The country code is +234. SIM cards “may” be sold by representatives of mobile phone operators at the conference venue. A Copy of ID or Passport for foreign visitors is required for the purchase of SIM cards.
Banking and Business Hours
Banking hours are from Mon to Fri: 08:00 – 16.00hrs. Bureau de change operators are available at the airport and throughout the city. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country.