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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by roughdiamond(m): 10:58pm On Jan 05
To all those that I couldn't respond to their questions, I am very sorry. Truth is that, I was very busy then. I am free now. Whoever has a genuine question that hasn't already been answered on the tread should bring it on. NB: mention me. I don't really have much experience here but will ask people around should your question goes beyond my little experience. Abidjan is expensive
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Toeyoursea(m): 8:02pm On Jan 08
roughdiamond:
To all those that I couldn't respond to their questions, I am very sorry. Truth is that, I was very busy then. I am free now. Whoever has a genuine question that hasn't already been answered on the tread should bring it on. NB: mention me. I don't really have much experience here but will ask people around should your question goes beyond my little experience. Abidjan is expensive


roughdiamond

I am currently not sure of the date I intend to leave. But I want to ask some questions in advance, largely bothering around housing and cost of living.


****Cash Handling

Where will I change cash from naira to XOF?
How much is safe for me to carry in cash?
Can I use my ATM card in any bank along the border and in Abidjan?


Housing and hotel

How much should I budget for a low cost hotel?
I intend to rent a furnished one-room apartment. How much should I budget?
Is it possible to get someone to host me (Flat share) or squatting pending the time I get a bigger apartment?


Jobs

I have a Freelance business that pays me about $100 (N30,000) weekly. I hope this income will be good enough to survive?


My entire travel budget is N150,000 and N50,000 is for transport, that's N200,000 in total. This leaves me with N150,000 naira to settle down. With this 150k (Initial cash) and my weekly 30k, is it advisable to embark on this adventure?

P.s, I am a writer and I need a very calm environment to work from

Please advise me
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 7:48pm On Jan 09
Bank450:
I will be going to Ejigbo first week of January to find make my own personal research about Ivory Coast.

If you have any question, write them here so I can ask them and get back with the answers.

LOL, MY VILLAGE
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 7:50pm On Jan 09
spiralwedge:
harzontorh, pls I'm sending you a pm.

I'm considering to move May next year. I want to go first and later bring my young family to join me. Can I take my car there or do you advise I sell it and buy another there?

YOU CAN TAKE IT THERE BUT IT HAS A LONG PROCESS OF GETTING REQUIRED DOCS AFTER YOU HAVE LANDED (WHICH I HAVE ALMOST NO IDEA)
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Investmentfreak: 8:09pm On Jan 09
Please will 400k be enough for me to move to Abidjan??
Rent and starting a new life
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by onatisi(m): 4:54am On Jan 10
Investmentfreak:
Please will 400k be enough for me to move to Abidjan??
Rent and starting a new life
baba , take enough cash ooooo. getting into a car to abidjan is the easiest but settling down and starting a 'meaningful and purposeful life" requires cash , knowledge , patience and most importantly the Grace of God . it is not worth it moving from fry pan to fire , or moving with little cash then having to work for another extra 2-3 years before finally finding ones feet. in short , make sure that you go with over more than enough cash . 400k may not be enough .

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by roughdiamond(m): 10:38am On Jan 10
Toeyoursea:



roughdiamond

I am currently not sure of the date I intend to leave. But I want to ask some questions in advance, largely bothering around housing and cost of living.


****Cash Handling

Where will I change cash from naira to XOF?
How much is safe for me to carry in cash?
Can I use my ATM card in any bank along the border and in Abidjan?


Housing and hotel

How much should I budget for a low cost hotel?
I intend to rent a furnished one-room apartment. How much should I budget?
Is it possible to get someone to host me (Flat share) or squatting pending the time I get a bigger apartment?


Jobs

I have a Freelance business that pays me about $100 (N30,000) weekly. I hope this income will be good enough to survive?


My entire travel budget is N150,000 and N50,000 is for transport, that's N200,000 in total. This leaves me with N150,000 naira to settle down. With this 150k (Initial cash) and my weekly 30k, is it advisable to embark on this adventure?

P.s, I am a writer and I need a very calm environment to work from

Please advise me
Cash handling, You will change your money at the border (Benin Border) Amount of money to change depends on your mission. If you are coming for vacation, change all your budget but if for a long term plan, change within the range that can sort your accommodation and other little stuffs. On accommodation; I don't have much experience/information about long term stays. I come across adverts 20k,25k etc but I believe it's subject to negotiation. Forget about flat sharing or squatting with anyone. Nigerians are always afraid of their fellow Nigerians due to bad records in the past.
Jobs: You may get a job here but I will advise you remove getting a job from your plan. 30k weekly is about 120k monthly. You can survive with that though small. To survive with that, you need to adjust from Naija lifestyle. (Life is free in Naija and people live in affluence)

I think your budget is very small. 150k, I don't think can get you a decent accommodation. You can manage sha but it is advisable to come prepared. Moving to a county where you have no brother, sister, friend or even enemy and don't understand their language is not a child's play. Please plan plan, plan

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by roughdiamond(m): 10:45am On Jan 10
Investmentfreak:
Please will 400k be enough for me to move to Abidjan??
Rent and starting a new life
If you have someone here to accommodate you, yes you may survive with that. If you don't have anyone, please stay back. 400k may just only pay for your accommodation.

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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Investmentfreak: 11:07am On Jan 10
roughdiamond:
If you have someone here to accommodate you, yes you may survive with that. If you don't have anyone, please stay back. 400k may just only pay for your accommodation.

Thanks alot
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by spiralwedge(m): 11:17am On Jan 10
Harzontorh:


YOU CAN TAKE IT THERE BUT IT HAS A LONG PROCESS OF GETTING REQUIRED DOCS AFTER YOU HAVE LANDED (WHICH I HAVE ALMOST NO IDEA)

OK. Thank you.
I've decided to remain here grin

However, I will visit during my vacation. I hope to do a 3month French course before then.
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Bank450(m): 4:00pm On Jan 10
Harzontorh:


LOL, MY VILLAGE


Haha, I hope your village is safe ooo.

WHich hotel can you reccomend my oga
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by ezelink: 5:04pm On Jan 10
I am think of migrating to Abidjan. I am an electrical technician. What opportunity is there for me?

Can a foreigner operate a taxi cab in Abidjan? What are the requirements?

I have 500k in naira. How much can it take to settle in for hustling? I only will need a one room studio apartment.

Please any brother in Abidjan can you assist?
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 6:07pm On Jan 10
Bank450:



Haha, I hope your village is safe ooo.

WHich hotel can you reccomend my oga

UNFORTUNATELY, THE GREEDY INDEGINES REFUSE TO RETURN HOME AND SANITISE THEIR SOURCE. THEY REMAIN STAGNANT IN ABIDJAN, ENJOYING UNINTERRUPTED POWER SUPPLY. undecided undecided

MEANWHILE THERE IS ONE SOUND HOTEL 'THE PALM'S HOTEL EJIGBO' A.K.A 'FUNKKY'

OKAY, BYE
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by roughdiamond(m): 5:30pm On Jan 15
Please I need list of schools/universities that offer courses in English in Abidjan. I visited International university of Grand Bassam's website and discovered that their tuition is on the high side (2.7 million Cfa). Anyone with useful information should just help out.
Cc Harzontorh
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by famouscargo4u: 7:32pm On Jan 20
Roughdiamond, JWtheocracy1 and all Abidjan residents. I urgently need your help for a small biz . Just to pick up a cargo at an airport and deliver at an address. It's urgent!
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Harzontorh: 6:22pm On Jan 21
roughdiamond:
Please I need list of schools/universities that offer courses in English in Abidjan. I visited International university of Grand Bassam's website and discovered that their tuition is on the high side (2.7 million Cfa). Anyone with useful information should just help out.
Cc Harzontorh

The Universities that offer English courses in Ivory Coast are expensive, i.e High tuition fee.
Nevertheless contact these 2 schools. First is Govt. ,second is a private uni.

University of Abidjan - http://uniabidjan.com/students-2/
University of Science and Technology of Ivory Coast - http://www.rusta-ustci.org/contact.htm

Safe guy !
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by davywillis: 2:58am On Jan 25
noblemind:
ok so hopefully someone may help me here, I wanna ship a car to Ivory coast from the USA but dont know how much or the procedures for customs clearrance in ivory coast.

You want to ship a car to Abidjan? make sure the car is less than 5 years old or from 2014 model, if not the car will not be allowed to enter, Abidjan port and be prepared for Cote d'ivoire logistics (custom clearance) which is very expensive. The customs clearance cost depends on the make of the car, engine horsepower (puissance du moteur) etc.
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by Sportwin(m): 1:08pm On Jan 25
Harzontorh:


The Universities that offer English courses in Ivory Coast are expensive, i.e High tuition fee.
Nevertheless contact these 2 schools. First is Govt. ,second is a private uni.

University of Abidjan - http://uniabidjan.com/students-2/
University of Science and Technology of Ivory Coast - http://www.rusta-ustci.org/contact.htm

Safe guy !


Cost like hw much ?
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Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by simpleAg(m): 2:12pm On Feb 15
popizaino:



Me dey shuffle between adjame and bingerville

Which side for adjame
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by simpleAg(m): 3:06pm On Feb 15
Faithyfaithy:
Thanks everyone for the advice will visit the recommended resturants.

Did you locate the place? Which one will you recommend?
Re: Any Nairalander In Abidjan? by popizaino(m): 4:56pm On Feb 15
simpleAg:


Which side for adjame

Saint Michel

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