Benin City, the "Heartbeat of Nigeria", is situated between Lagos and Port Harcourt in the south of the country. Originally called Edo, Benin City is the center of the rubber and palm oil industries. There is a busy commercial sector within the city, with a number of higher education establishments, including the University of Benin and the Benson Idahosa University. InterNations offers the expatriate community living and working in Benin City and surrounding areas the chance to socialize and even organize gatherings with other expatriates in a trusting and friendly environment. Our network includes expatriates from around the world, and offers you the opportunity to connect with like-minded global citizens.
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Moving to live and work in any foreign country can be stressful. Meeting new people and experiencing a culture which may be very different to what you are used to can be very unsettling, but with the help of the InterNations community of expats you can often find reassurance and friendly advice on the lifestyle changes you may encounter in the first few weeks of your new life, not only in Nigeria but as an expat in Benin City itself. InterNations has a very useful publication, the exclusive Expat Magazine, which contains general information on a number of different topics. Reading through the magazine should address some of the problems you may encounter when moving to Benin City or any other foreign city for that matter.
As an expatriate working in Benin City you may find the changes in lifestyle and work ethos of the Bini people of Nigeria a culture shock at first, but as a registered member of InterNations your fellow expatriates are often your first port of call when advice and support is needed. InterNations members are part of a network of business professionals with multinational companies, non-governmental organizations, as well as embassy and diplomatic staff who are willing to advice on any local difficulties you may encounter. You can use the online forums for Nigeria to find the recommended places to visit in your leisure time and where to shop and dine out. Visits to places in Benin City, such as the monument in King's Square and the National Museum, which holds a collection of brasswork dating from the thirteenth century may be enjoyed in the company of like-minded Benin City expats found on InterNations. A trip to Igun Street is well worth planning with expat friends to witness the cire perdue or 'lost wax' casting of bronze and the famous bronze sculptures of the Bini peoples of Benin City.