Monday, July 20, 2009

It is Small World in Nigeria!

Small World is an annual event usually held in February by the Expatriate and Foreign Residents Community in Nigeria to raise funds for charity organizations supported by the various nationalities. Hundreds of thousands of US Dollars are raised at the event from gate takings, corporate and embassies sponsorship.

This is possible because they feel welcomed in Nigeria and have the urge to give back to the country many of them now call their home. Food, drinks and culture of the various nations are shared amongst the more than five thousand guests invited to grace the occasion.

It is a high profile event looked forward to by all Expats and Foreign Residents in the country especially Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria. It is hoped that through this community from well over 80 countries worldwide, foreign direct investment and good will would flow into Nigeria.

Moreover, overseas companies can take advantage of the reservoir of their very educated and highly skilled natives married to Nigerians (called the Nigerwives), most of whom enjoy dual citizenship as Nigerians as well, to invest in the country. A huge human capital resource base waiting to be harnessed; no more Work Permit, no more Resident Permit, no more wahala!

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Creating an Urban Oasis from Stress in Lagos, Nigeria*

For many foreign businesses, entering the West African market equates to uncertainty. Plagued with corruption, weak political institutions, economic instability, and a whole host of other concerns that are singled out in the media, West Africa has it share of problems.

Nonetheless, with problems, comes opportunities to expand the economic market, and the California-based Bluefield Associates Inc (the proud manufacturer of Clear Essence Skin Care), is using this opportunity to provide much needed holistic, wellness, and relaxation services to the residents of Lagos, Nigeria.

According to Ms. Maisha Scott, the Vice President for Africa for Bluefield Associates, Inc- one of the partnering companies behind the spa project - Nigeria has the largest population of any African country and is growing; as soon as you walk the streets of Lagos, its commercial capital, you feel the effects of this trend.

In addition to the residents, Lagos serves as home for many diplomats, expatriates, telecommunication, financial services and oil companies employees, all living harmoniously in a stressful, yet welcoming, environment.

Maisha notes,
"one can not avoid stress in Nigeria." It is a part of the lifestyle there. The only thing you can do is learn to manage the stress, and that is what our destination spa will assist with."
Our goal is to help our clients unwind, relax, and wash the stress away, while educating them on healthy eating techniques, breathing exercises, and overall holistic health.

For more on Clear Essence Spa, visit their website on

Comment: Bring your franchise to Nigeria...well, the risks are there but can be managed. If in doubt, ask Ms Scott, Bluefield Associates and owners of the Clear Essence skin care franchise. Call us for advise. Email Ndudi Osakwe on

First reported in African Travel Magazine (