Welcome to Lagos
Duante's Top Ten Tips To Surviving in Lagos
Here is the best way to make it by in Lagos for you oyibos.
1. Get an introduction to a local hawala as soon as you arrive. Trustworthy bankers, good contacts, and honest fixers.
2. Get a lot of the local currency—you’ll need it to pay off the gangs.
3. You will get scammed. Try not to lose all your money the first time out.
4. Don’t take payment in Nigerian currency or “electronic cred” from locals. Ask for hawala credit vouchers, uncut diamonds, or even gold.
5. Be careful drinking the local water. Bring your own pocket filtration system or buy the bagged “sterile” water at the markets.
6. Try the local food; it’s very tasty, with lots of spices and hot peppers. There’s very little soy in existence; instead, most locals survive on cassava roots, yams, or rice. Just watch out for food washed in the local water.
7. Don’t depend on the wireless grid. It can go from strong to non-existent with the evening commute. If you need to do some wireless biz, best bet is to head to a local “Hot Spot” where there’s 24 hr grid coverage.
8. Don’t go into the slums.
9. If you have to go into the slums, carry big guns. Lots of big guns.
10. Never accept a dinner invitation from a sasabonsam.
This is in addition to the normal rules of running in the shadows:
1. Never make a deal with a dragon.
2. Never fuck with the military.
3. Never betray your crew.