General Assembly & Congress 2017
African Culture & Design Festival

November 9th – 12th
ACDF 2017

Survival Guide

Here we’ve put together tips to help you get the best out of your Lagos experience. Please note that the figures here are estimated, as prices can change due to market forces. For enquiries and bookings, please email da@demenageplusltd.com.

  • Logistics & Airport Pickup
  • VISA
  • Weather
  • Live Music
  • Tours
Logistics & Airport Pickup
  • Transportation: There will be free shuttle buses available between the two event venues (Eko Hotel & Federal Palace Hotel). Private local transportation can be arranged as follows:
  • Airport Pickup: For Airport protocol & pickup, contact: da@demenageplusltd.com or Dieko, +234 803 591 3461
  • Tours: For Lagos tours, contact: SJ Tours   +234 803 316 0672
Everyone needs a visa to visit Nigeria. Many Nigerian embassies issue visas only to residents and nationals of the country in which the embassy is located, so it’s essential to put things in motion well before your trip. Exact requirements vary, but as a rule of thumb, forms are required in triplicate, along with proof of funds to cover your stay, a round-trip air ticket, and possibly confirmed hotel reservations. You also need a letter of invitation from a resident of Nigeria or a business in the country. Note: Letter of invitation will be provided by IDAN (contact debora@acdf.com.ng / admin@idanng.org)
High Season (Nov–Feb)
  • Dry season, when humidity decreases; in December and January the dry harmattan blows in.
  • December is carnival time in Calabar in eastern of Nigeria.
  • Mid-October is Felebration time in Lagos, a celebration of Fela Kuti.
Shoulder (Mar & Oct)
  • The rains start in the south in March.
  • October is generally dry in the north; it’s wetter further south.
  • 1 October is independence day, with parades, parties and fireworks.
Low Season (Apr–Sep)
  • Heavy rainfall, particularly intense in the south.
  • Rain and mud slows some journeys to a crawl.
  • The new yam festival in August in Igbo territories.
Live Music
Bogobiri House
  • The Bogobiri House plays host to weekly live musical events from Wednesdays to Sundays: Open Mic Night, Highlife, Raggae, Rap Battle, Poetry & Spoken words. See Event Schedule
  • 9 Maitama Sule Street, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
  • So much more than just a store, the Jazzhole was an oasis from the hustle that lay just beyond its threshold. Whereas the bustle of Lagos with its maddening traffic and incessant heat can feel more than a bit stifling, the Jazzhole was like a cool drink, a breath of fresh air and a blast of air conditioning, all at once.
  • Shop No. 168, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Freedom Park
  • Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the middle of downtown Lagos in Lagos Island, Nigeria which was formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison. It was designed by the Architect Theo Lawson
  •  Mobolaji Bank Anthony St, Lagos Island, Lagos
Cultural Tours
  • SATURDAY: Lunch + City Tour – 12 – 4pm SUNDAY – Bespoke tours on Sunday on request info@sjtours.com
Exhibition Tours  with curators 
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 12pm:Price for tours: $75

  • Money
  • Inoculation
  • Things To Do In Lagos
  • Shopping
Nigeria generally accepted currency is Naira (N). Which are in different denomination, N1000, N500, N200, N100, N50, N20 and N10. The current exchange rate is NN364 to $1 (Black market rate) and Budget (up to)
Midrange                                 Top end
  • Hotel room: US$100–150
  • Two-course dinner: US$20–35
  • Beer in bar: US$3–4
  • Short taxi ride: US$5–10
  • Hotel room: US$250–400
  • Two-course dinner: US$50–100
  • Glass of wine: US$10–15
  • Longer taxi ride: US$20–40
ATMs are increasingly widespread and many are connected to international systems such as MasterCard or Visa. GTB is the most reliable.
Recommended Vaccinations Visit your medical practice four to six weeks in advance.
  • Courses/boosters advised: diphtheria; hepatitis A; poliomyelitis; tetanus; typhoid; yellow fever.
  • Vaccines to consider: cholera; hepatitis B; meningococcal meningitis; rabies.
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required at customs. The certificate is valid for life.
Health Insurance Full health insurance is recommended to cover potential repatriation costs.
Things To Do In Lagos

Nike Art Center

Visit the gallery for out of this world painting, drawing, textile work of Adire, sculptures dancing and drumming. Address: No. 2, Elegushi Road, 3rd Roundabout, Epe Expressway, Ikate Cross Road, Lekki Phase 1 Peninsula, Lekki Lagos, NIGERIA. Telephones:  +234 80 340 96656 +234 80 330 36969 +234 1 270 5964 +234 1 270 5965

Lekki Conservation Centre

A tropical rain-forest in the outskirts of Lagos, it is a popular choice destination for tourists and anyone looking to be in touch with nature and bask in the lush vegetation that the area holds. It is located at Lekki Conservation Centre Road in Lekki Peninsula, Lagos. Address: Km 19, Lagos-Epe Expressway

Terra Kulture

Your go to for everything art education, culture and socializing. There is always one art related event or the other going on there.  So, don’t miss it. Address: Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Telephone: +234-1-2700-588

Kalakuta Republic Museum

Legendary musician Fela Kuti’s former house and revolutionary headquarters is now a fascinating museum with everything intact from Fela’s bedroom to his (very small) underwear. Breath deep and you may even catch a high. And hang around on the rooftop terrace and you might catch a band rehearsal or performance. Address:  Balogun, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja

Bogobiri House

Bogobiri House welcomes travellers and friends from all over the world and from all walks of life. Over the years we have built relationships and strategic alliances with companies such as the Financial Times, Clinton Foundation, Geothe Institute amongst others and individuals who call Bogobiri House their home in Lagos. Address: 9 Maitama Sule Street, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Telephone: +234 706 817 6454

New Afrika Shrine

The New Afrika Shrine is an open air entertainment centre located in Ikeja, Lagos State. It serves as the host location of the annual Felabration music festival. Currently managed by Femi Kuti and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, it is the replacement of the old Afrika Shrine created in 1970 by Fela Kuti until it was burnt down in 1977. The New Afrika Shrine showcases photo galleries of Fela and music performances by Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti thus making it a tourist attraction. Address: Nerdc Rd, Agidingbi, Ikeja.
Temple Muse
  • Temple Muse is Africa’s leading luxury lifestyle concept store. The iconic flagship store is located in the heart of Lagos and possesses an inspirational, gallery-like open feel where clients can escape and indulge in all things wonderful. Our philosophy is to offer a carefully selected mix of world-renowned products together with new, upcoming and exciting brands in Fashion & Accessories, Home & Gift, as well as Art & Design. In addition, we strongly believe in nurturing and promoting home grown talent by showcasing a number of top African designers & artisans under its roof, making it unlike any other. As pioneers of luxury lifestyle we offer a number of in-store services to satisfy our clientele’s retail needs and ensure a unique & unforgettable shopping experience. These include Corporate Gifts, Luxury Hampers and Wedding Gift Registry
  • 21 Amodu Tijani Close, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. +234 809 1111 904, +234 708 726 4853
Lekki Market
  • A rich variety of crafts from all around Nigeria and West Africa: this is a brilliant place to wander and look for affordable gifts. You can also buy fabrics and get clothes run up on the spot here.
  • Elegushi Modern Market
Grey Velvet
  • Fashion from great Nigerian Designers,” Grey Velvet is an elegant shop of designers. With some of Nigeria’s top up and coming designers on display.
  • Centro Mall, Lekki. Block 69A, Plot 15 Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Bogobiri Market
  • 9 Maitama Sule Street, Ikoyi, Lagos
  • Needle Point Shop is a lifestyle brand defined by the love for African culture and Fashion. As a brand, Needle Point focuses in the creation of contemporary ready-to-wear clothes in African print. It is distinguished by the use of high quality prints and embellishments to create timeless pieces that transcend seasons, in addition to an impeccable customer service. It caters to the personal style needs of it’s clientele of varied ages, who seek to be effortlessly stylish, elegant and comfortable in their clothes
  • 9, Alhaji Kanike, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.




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