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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Folafikemi: 12:49pm On Jul 11, 2016
oyek691:
@folakemi. Sorry i dont think you can get jobs over here without speaking french. And to increase your odds of getting jobs you should have experince.( even 1 year) But dont worry i guess you can work in companies such as african development bank e.t.c
But you need french

I don't speak French but i understand and i also intend to learn. So are you saying i should not bother coming cos work is my sole aim of coming.
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by PAO429: 1:50pm On Jul 11, 2016
God bless the person that created this thread and everyone who has contributed....it has opened the eyes of everyone who has plan to visit Abijan....pls keep d info coming in we need more....
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by CHRISTIANO7779: 4:16pm On Jul 11, 2016
Tanx God 4 seeing dis thread @ d rite tym pls house my question is what business i can do i mean tinx to buy cheaper in Abidjan and sell here in Nigeria to make gud profit . Pls someone help a broda here ooo
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 6:07pm On Jul 11, 2016
heaven4me:
@harzontorh and oyek691,please can u help a brother trying to relocate down there with a link through which I can get a teaching hob in a bilingual school..I am currently teaching in a bilingual school here in Benin republic but thinking of migrating down to ivory coast for better opportunities, more so,my wage here isn't too OK hence my decision to relocate .I have fallen in love with francophone countries else I would have gone to Ghana but Abidjan is beckoning on me.Please harzontorh and oyek,if you know any of the schools I can apply from here,pls recommend me,thanks.

I am sorry, i dont realy know much bilingual schools here that are looking for workers. but you can try this:

International Community School of Abidjan
Address: Off Boulevard Arsène Usher Assouan Road, Riveria III, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire | Phone: +225 22 47 11 52

google them, you will find their website (i would have typed their webpage here, but the mods might ban me)

there are many bilingual schools too... most of them are on the internet.
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Nobody: 8:16pm On Jul 11, 2016
Thanks @Harzontorh,I appreciate. But pls,cocody and accra where is more developed?Thanks
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by montanaguy(m): 8:50pm On Jul 11, 2016
Apart from Abidjan, which other city has low cost of living in terms of house rent, transportation etc?
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by obalukan: 10:36pm On Jul 11, 2016
Thank you all for the great information given to us here. Is there any website that one can check apartment?
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Folafikemi: 8:47am On Jul 12, 2016
Good morning house. Pls what other Africa ENGLISH SPEAKING country can you advice on this thread with a chance of better opportunity for Jobs and business. Also with stable light and good social life. Thanks.
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by goodieuzo: 11:25am On Jul 12, 2016
Harzontorh:


okay. I highly recommend :

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE COTE D'IVOIRE (FRENCH INSTITUTE)

Two different French language courses:

1/ Francais General (FG) - General French
For French speaking people who wish to improve their written or spoken French

2/ Francais Langue Etrangere (FLE) - French as a Foreign Language
For non-French speakers who wish to learn the French language and practice it on a daily basis.

Address: Avenue Jean Mermoz
08 BP 2346 ABIDJAN 08

and

ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE:

Translation and interpretation services.
Language training courses : English and French classes for kids and adults at the institute.

Corporate group training programs can be held in people's offices (in-company language courses) or at the institute.

Address: Résidence Aziz, Rue Des Jardins -Deux Plateaux – Cocody
Can I live in youpougon,and still attend the school in Avenue jean mermoz?I need to learn French but I like to live in youpougon axis.
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by ifyalways(f): 11:53am On Jul 12, 2016
goodieuzo:

Can I live in youpougon,and still attend the school in Avenue jean mermoz?I need to learn French but I like to live in youpougon axis.
Why would you want to live at Youpougon?
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by ifyalways(f): 12:15pm On Jul 12, 2016
@Topic, I lived and worked a bit in Abidjan so heres my piece :

WORK : If you don't speak,write and understand perfect French, forget about corporate jobs.

BUSINESS: Buying and selling works. Clothes, beauty products, household articles, food items are all hotcakes. the market is mostly controlled by Lebanese, Turkish and Nigerians. Mauritanians and Nigeriens are into mini marts(what we know as stores/small supermarket) . Laundry and bars/Pubs is also another nice biz. Ivorians love their drink, food and women. Restaurants and food kisoks is also profitable but neatness and presentation is a MUST else na you go chop your food.

SCHOOL: Don't be deceived, English schools are expensive but worth it. Lots of private Unis especially in Cocody area that teach in English.

ACCOMMODATION : For luxury look at Bietry, Riveria, Plauteu, Cocody and Deux Plateu area. For middle class look at Marcory remblais, Trechville, Kumasi, Vridi, France Amerique. Abobo, Youpougon etc areas are for the lowest income earners. However, security, amenities are basically same regardless of which part of the town you stay. utility bills are strictly per as you use meaning each individual has his/her own meters . Light bill comes out and is paid once in 3 months, water every 2 months and its very affordable. Constant light and water is guaranteed and you dare NOT owe for utility. To rent a house, You need to have a maximum of your 3 months rent paid upfront and one month as caution ,total 4 months rent payable upfront. You wanna pay more? at your discretion.
Unfurnished S/C in Luxury areas goes from 60,000 cefa per month, middle class starts from 30,000 cefas while in places like Abobo, you'd get from 15,000 cefa per month. Luxury furnished apartments start from 100,000 cefa per month.

DOCUMENTATION: Besides your international passport, each individual , citizens and foreigners alike are expected to have two identity cards. Very important and more important than your passport sef. First is the identity card from the Nigerian Embassy then the identity card from Police which also doubles as residence permit. To obtain both are easy and quite straightforward : Go to 9ja embassy, fill out some forms plus your passport photo, your id card is issued withing 2 weeks tops. Armed with the id card, go to any police station close to your house and apply for residence permit. very easy.
Without both documents, be ready to be bribing your way out of every police check point (mille Franc) and blimey you can get as much as 10 checkpoints in a 10KM trip, most wont even take bribe but would take you to the police station where you would be made to go farm for free for the Government for 24 hours.

FOOD,SOCIAL LIFE : Food is cheap, beer expensive. LOL their women love 9ja men and are quite charming. If you are single, chances are you might end up marrying them.

What else? . . .

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by DexterousOne(m): 12:34pm On Jul 12, 2016
ifyalways:
@Topic, I lived and worked a bit in Abidjan so heres my piece :

WORK : If you don't speak,write and understand perfect French, forget about corporate jobs.

BUSINESS: Buying and selling works. Clothes, beauty products, household articles, food items are all hotcakes. the market is mostly controlled by Lebanese, Turkish and Nigerians. Mauritanians and Nigeriens are into mini marts(what we know as stores/small supermarket) . Laundry and bars/Pubs is also another nice biz. Ivorians love their drink, food and women. Restaurants and food kisoks is also profitable but neatness and presentation is a MUST else na you go chop your food.

SCHOOL: Don't be deceived, English schools are expensive but worth it. Lots of private Unis especially in Cocody area that teach in English.

ACCOMMODATION : For luxury look at Bietry, Riveria, Plauteu, Cocody and Deux Plateu area. For middle class look at Marcory remblais, Trechville, Kumasi, Vridi, France Amerique. Abobo, Youpougon etc areas are for the lowest income earners. However, security, amenities are basically same regardless of which part of the town you stay. utility bills are strictly per as you use meaning each individual has his/her own meters . Light bill comes out and is paid once in 3 months, water every 2 months and its very affordable. Constant light and water is guaranteed and you dare NOT owe for utility. To rent a house, You need to have a maximum of your 3 months rent paid upfront and one month as caution ,total 4 months rent payable upfront. You wanna pay more? at your discretion.
Unfurnished S/C in Luxury areas goes from 60,000 cefa per month, middle class starts from 30,000 cefas while in places like Abobo, you'd get from 15,000 cefa per month. Luxury furnished apartments start from 100,000 cefa per month.

DOCUMENTATION: Besides your international passport, each individual , citizens and locals alike are expected to have two identity cards. Very important and more important than your passport sef. First is the identity card from the Nigerian Embassy then the identity card from Police which also doubles as residence permit. To obtain both are easy and quite straightforward : Go to 9ja embassy, fill out some forms plus your passport photo, your id card is issued withing 2 weeks tops. Armed with the id card, go to any police station close to your house and apply for residence permit. very easy.
Without both documents, be ready to be bribing your way out of every police check point (mille Franc) and blimey you can get as much as 10 checkpoints in a 10KM trip, most wont even take bribe but would take you to the police station where you would be made to go farm for free for the Government for 24 hours.

FOOD,SOCIAL LIFE : Food is cheap, beer expensive. LOL their women love 9ja men and are quite charming. If you are single, chances are you might end up marrying them.

What else? . . .


Nice and informative...
However, for the permits, are we supposed to pay for them?
or they are free?

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by montanaguy(m): 1:25pm On Jul 12, 2016
I am just fed up with this country and I want to see what outside the country will offer me. I am on a monthly pension of 46k. I have a wife and two little kids aged 7 yrs and 6 month. If we travel to Abidjan, rent a self con apartment, can 46k be sustaining us monthly until I get my stand to go into business? I mean if I live in a middle or average class area?

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 2:21pm On Jul 12, 2016
heaven4me:
Thanks @Harzontorh,I appreciate. But pls,cocody and accra where is more developed?Thanks

Cocody is better. The secrete is that any francophone country is better in terms of living, life generally, socialities, business, enjoyment, electricity and freshness. But anglophone countries are cool when it comes to work and hustling.

Meanwhile, Cocody is a Commune (area) in Abidjan where the Rich and the Wealthy people live. There you will fine a large number of expats (tourists from around the world) living and relocating in that area, mostly Lebanese, French men, American, South african, Chinese and Europeans, likewise at Zone 4 ( zone quatre) too many europeans live there.

COCODY IN PICTURES:

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by goodieuzo: 2:23pm On Jul 12, 2016
ifyalways:

Why would you want to live at Youpougon?

I think is a middle class suburb and it be cheaper for me as I don't have much money.
Please can I book accommodation from Nigeria?
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by vocalprince(m): 3:21pm On Jul 12, 2016
oyek691:
@folakemi. Sorry i dont think you can get jobs over here without speaking french. And to increase your odds of getting jobs you should have experince.( even 1 year) But dont worry i guess you can work in companies such as african development bank e.t.c
But you need french

My dear please I really need help o!!!
I studied a paramedical course and have up to 2years working experience in Laboratory services plus close to one year Sales experience in a pharmaceutical company.
I am also into beauty and I do; Pedicure, manicure, nails (both local and gel polish), hair, eye lashes and carving of eyebrows plus massage.
I just want to leave Nigeria in the next couple of months,...
1). How much do I need
2). What are my chances of securing a job or using my skill
3). Who do I trust to help me blend into the system?

God Bless U.

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Folafikemi: 3:33pm On Jul 12, 2016
[quote author=ifyalways post=47461924]@Topic, I lived and worked a bit in Abidjan so heres my piece :

WORK : If you don't speak,write and understand perfect French, forget about corporate jobs.

BUSINESS: Buying and selling works. Clothes, beauty products, household articles, food items are all hotcakes. the market is mostly controlled by Lebanese, Turkish and Nigerians. Mauritanians and Nigeriens are into mini marts(what we know as stores/small supermarket) . Laundry and bars/Pubs is also another nice biz. Ivorians love their drink, food and women. Restaurants and food kisoks is also profitable but neatness and presentation is a MUST else na you go chop your food.

SCHOOL: Don't be deceived, English schools are expensive but worth it. Lots of private Unis especially in Cocody area that teach in English.

ACCOMMODATION : For luxury look at Bietry, Riveria, Plauteu, Cocody and Deux Plateu area. For middle class look at Marcory remblais, Trechville, Kumasi, Vridi, France Amerique. Abobo, Youpougon etc areas are for the lowest income earners. However, security, amenities are basically same regardless of which part of the town you stay. utility bills are strictly per as you use meaning each individual has his/her own meters . Light bill comes out and is paid once in 3 months, water every 2 months and its very affordable. Constant light and water is guaranteed and you dare NOT owe for utility. To rent a house, You need to have a maximum of your 3 months rent paid upfront and one month as caution ,total 4 months rent payable upfront. You wanna pay more? at your discretion.
Unfurnished S/C in Luxury areas goes from 60,000 cefa per month, middle class starts from 30,000 cefas while in places like Abobo, you'd get from 15,000 cefa per month. Luxury furnished apartments start from 100,000 cefa per month.

DOCUMENTATION: Besides your international passport, each individual , citizens and locals alike are expected to have two identity cards. Very important and more important than your passport sef. First is the identity card from the Nigerian Embassy then the identity card from Police which also doubles as residence permit. To obtain both are easy and quite straightforward : Go to 9ja embassy, fill out some forms plus your passport photo, your id card is issued withing 2 weeks tops. Armed with the id card, go to any police station close to your house and apply for residence permit. very easy.
Without both documents, be ready to be bribing your way out of every police check point (mille Franc) and blimey you can get as much as 10 checkpoints in a 10KM trip, most wont even take bribe but would take you to the police station where you would be made to go farm for free for the Government for 24 hours.

FOOD,SOCIAL LIFE : Food is cheap, beer expensive. LOL their women love 9ja men and are quite charming. If you are single, chances are you might end up marrying them.

What else? . . .






Wow think yo are really a genuine aristocrat. U simply gave it out in full.

But my worry is d part where u said corporate job can not be achieved except one speak French fluently.
What will you advice for a person like me who can't speak French o. And i don't know so much bout biz and i wanna get d hell out of this nija... Pls i need ur advice

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 4:36pm On Jul 12, 2016
goodieuzo:

Can I live in youpougon,and still attend the school in Avenue jean mermoz?I need to learn French but I like to live in youpougon axis.

lol.. Thats the community of Enjoyment..Too many Bars and Clubs, Beer houses, Marquis and Brothels ooo shocked.. They will just be disturbing you every Night. Remember, Abidjan doesnt sleep.. the night is always young.

Only if you are used to crazy lifestyle, then you should live there, Rich people who live serenelife dont build house there, only the Sex seekers and Yahoo boys mostly live in Yopougon.

But you can rent an apartment at Yopougon Sicogi or Lacodjro area.. thos place are quiet and cool.

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 6:13pm On Jul 12, 2016
vocalprince:


My dear please I really need help o!!!
I studied a paramedical course and have up to 2years working experience in Laboratory services plus close to one year Sales experience in a pharmaceutical company.
I am also into beauty and I do; Pedicure, manicure, nails (both local and gel polish), hair, eye lashes and carving of eyebrows plus massage.
I just want to leave Nigeria in the next couple of months,...
1). How much do I need
2). What are my chances of securing a job or using my skill
3). Who do I trust to help me blend into the system?

God Bless U.

1. You need approximately 20k to transport you to Abidjan. try to go to cotonou first then from there Abidjan is just 10k and lago to Cotonou is jus 2k.other money for border bribery.

2. Chance depend on your French. But dont worry if you dont understand french, you can still get a job. It realy depend on your qualification. french is just an add up. make sure you try to at least know some stuffs in french (will help a lot). Many companies and small bussiness are owned by Nigerians and Ghanians here. so you can still get a job, but might not be a standard one tho. Medical jobs realy need french speaker only if you are a professor.

3. Its not a system, even its not blendable. You have blended with the whole thing as long as you step in the city of Abidjan anytime any day. grin .Abidjan is always friendly, our national anthem says it all. 'pays de l'hospitalite' meaning COUNTRY OF HOSPITALITY.
You cant complain about the hospitality, bet it! only if someone behaves arrogantly or badly

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Ugosample(m): 8:51pm On Jul 12, 2016
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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by CHRISTIANO7779: 7:17am On Jul 13, 2016
CHRISTIANO7779:
Tanx God 4 seeing dis thread @ d rite tym pls house my question is what business i can do i mean tinx to buy cheaper in Abidjan and sell here in Nigeria to make gud profit . Pls someone help a broda here ooo
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by ifyalways(f): 11:53am On Jul 13, 2016
goodieuzo:

I think is a middle class suburb and it be cheaper for me as I don't have much money.
Please can I book accommodation from Nigeria?
Youpougon, Abobo , Adjame and co are NOT middle class suburb. More of traders, club girls, bus drivers etc there. It's also home of marquis(beer parlour) , LovePeddler houses, bus station etc.
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by ifyalways(f): 11:56am On Jul 13, 2016
DexterousOne:



Nice and informative...
However, for the permits, are we supposed to pay for them?
or they are free?
The Permits are not free . Is Nigerian residence permit free here for foreigners?
Some questions sef. . .

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by CHRISTIANO7779: 12:45pm On Jul 13, 2016
Pls house answer my own question ooo
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by CHRISTIANO7779: 12:47pm On Jul 13, 2016
Pls answer my question ooo
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by dasparrow: 1:01pm On Jul 13, 2016
CHRISTIANO7779:
Tanx God 4 seeing dis thread @ d rite tym pls house my question is what business i can do i mean tinx to buy cheaper in Abidjan and sell here in Nigeria to make gud profit . Pls someone help a broda here ooo

You are the one to decide which business you would like to do. We can't tell you because you have to decide what you are interested in buying from Abidjan and selling in Nigeria. Remember that here in Nigeria, many Nigerians are broke - as in, they are struggling to survive financially - except your client base will focus on the rich and political ruling class. You know they've got money all the time regardless of the economy. Sell to them and you will see good money. Other Nigerians will just keep pricing your commodity for cheap till it frustrates you.

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 10:20am On Jul 14, 2016
CHRISTIANO7779:
Pls answer my question ooo

As it has been said that nobody give you ideas, depends on you. But i will just suggest for you:

- Buy Clothings there and send to Nigeria for sales (wholesales)
- Bags and women acessories (thats still buying and transporting)
- If you are capable, open a shop in Abidjan, sell Electrical appliances
- If you have money, join the car parts and machine bussiness
- Open a marquis grin fastest profitable bussiness in Abidjan. FOOD HOUSE "allocodrome''
- Beer Houses or Just a shop of retailing drinks and breweries (same as above)
- Beauty stuff, marquillage, makeup shop (best), Hair dressing (you will sell like madt), Beauty House

JUST GIVING SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS WILL SHARE SOME PICTURES AS USUAL

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Ayabahipee(f): 10:33am On Jul 14, 2016
Harzontorh:


As it has been said that nobody give you ideas, depends on you. But i will just suggest for you:

- Buy Clothings there and send to Nigeria for sales (wholesales)
- Bags and women acessories (thats still buying and transporting)
- If you are capable, open a shop in Abidjan, sell Electrical appliances
- If you have money, join the car parts and machine bussiness
- Open a marquis grin fastest profitable bussiness in Abidjan. FOOD HOUSE "allocodrome''
- Beer Houses or Just a shop of retailing drinks and breweries (same as above)
- Beauty stuff, marquillage, makeup shop (best), Hair dressing (you will sell like madt), Beauty House

JUST GIVING SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS WILL SHARE SOME PICTURES AS USUAL


God bless you for this breakdown
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 10:41am On Jul 14, 2016
1. EXAMPLE OF AN ALLOCODROME

2. RESTAURANT TITANIC AT ABIDJAN, EXAMPLE OF A BIG RESTAURANT

3. A PASTRY SHOP IN ABIDJAN (PATISSERIE D'ABIDJAN)

4. THE STREETS OF ABIDJAN ( DO NOT THINK ABOUT HAWKING !)

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 10:58am On Jul 14, 2016
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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 11:31am On Jul 14, 2016
MORE VIDEO:

BY HAWKEYE STUDIO, ABIDJAN, PONT HENRI KONAN BEDIE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddt8roEu2_g?t=74

Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 11:42am On Jul 14, 2016

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