Text by Chu Jiwang
In November 2009, I traveled to West Africa with a Chinese delegation to participate in the first China-Nigeria investment and trade forum held in Abuja, capital of Nigeria.
For foreign investors, Nigeria is a country full of opportunity and risk as well. The Niger River is the mother river of West Africa which gave birth to ancient West African culture. As one of Africa’s most populous countries, Nigeria is called the “cradle of African culture.” Nigeria also boasts rich natural resources yet to be developed. But at the same time, it is also a country with one of the poorest security situations in Africa. According to our guide, due to political instability and tribal and religious conflict, hijackings occur often, so the roads aren’t very safe. Because of this, he warned us relentlessly not to go out alone, especially in the evening.
Even so, when asked which countries are the best in the world, Nigerians won’t hesitate to reply that U.S.A. is the best, U.K. second and Nigeria third.
After the forum wrapped up, we hoped to visit some places of interest. Our guide sighed that there weren’t many places worth seeing except mysterious Zuma Rock.......