Teaching English in Nigeria

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How to Begin Teaching in Nigeria

Nigeria is big. Known as the Giant of Africa, it has a population of approximately 194 million people, making it the most populous country on the continent and, with over 250 ethnic groups and more than 500 spoken languages.

Nigeria is big. Known as the Giant of Africa, it has a population of over 200 million people, making it the most populous country on the continent and, with over 250 ethnic groups and more than 500 spoken languages, to say that Nigeria is diverse would be a gross understatement.

Nowhere can the sheer power of the country be seen more than in the capital Lagos, a city which pulsates with life, music and colour. Away from the cities, Nigeria has a lot to offer. Soak up some sun on tropical beaches, go for a hike and stay in beautiful mountain resorts, catch a glimpse of wildlife in national parks, or relax in warm springs.

Sadly, though, Nigeria has a high crime rate and has suffered from terrorist attacks, civil unrest and frequent kidnappings. Before travelling to Nigeria, check with government guidelines regarding travel and safety. Ethnic tensions within the country have been a cause for concern in certain parts of Nigeria for the last few years. Also, be aware that homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria.

The largest population in Africa, Nigeria is actually the 7th largest in the world, only behind the United States, China, Brazil, India, Pakistan and Indonesia. As a result Nigeria also boasts the largest economy in Africa with the 2019 International Monetary Funds estimated that the GDP of Nigeria makes the country the 23rd largest economy around the world.

With so many artistic and cultural influences. Nigeria is home to the third biggest film industry, Nollywood. With an output of 50 plus films a week Nollywood produces the second most amount of films per country behind India’s Bollywood film industry. The largest and most well-known industry being of course the US’s Hollywood film industry. With Nigeria’s first film being considered by the prestigious Oscars in 2018 a film by Genevieve Nnaji’s called Lionheart.

There have been changes in Capital cities in Nigeria just over the last decade. Pre December 1991 Lagos was the capital city of Nigeria. A port city in which a lot of shipping resources arrived at. This was seen as a negative to the economy and in a strategy to improve the fortunes of the whole country moved the capital to Abuja. Which is located in the centre of Nigeria rather than the southwest port city of Lagos.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Schools in Nigeria are in urgent need of qualified and skilled teachers, but you will need a teaching qualification to teach in a government school. Finding a position in an international school is easier but the teaching degree requirement stays the same. There are numerous charities, NGOs and organisations that are always on the lookout for English teachers on a volunteer basis.

Though volunteer positions may be unpaid, organisations usually provide a stipend to cover living costs. Salaries in government schools are not very high and payment may be sporadic but private schools do not have these problems. Often accommodation is included in your package because of the high cost of living in Nigeria.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/ BS degree required unless volunteering
  • Typical Contract Length
    12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    Year-round, especially May - September
  • Visa Info
    Work permit
  • Typical Students
    Children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency
    900 000 – 1 000 000 NGN (2 400 – 2 60
  • Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
    200 000 – 450 000 NGN (520 – 1 200 GBP)

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