Nigeria is a country about twice the size of California located on the West Coast of Africa and is named after the river Niger which flows through it. It's a great place to look for an African bride, because it has the largest population of any country in Africa, about 160 million or so.
Thanks to its oil reserves Nigeria is one of the most prosperous nations in Africa. Unfortunately that prosperity does not help the vast majority of Nigerians; as with many African nations there is a dizzying divide between the rich and the poor. This income gap is one of the reasons why so many Beautiful Nigerian girls go looking outside their own country for a mate.
Another reason Nigerian women want to date foreign men is because of their status in their own country. On an international stage Nigeria has a pretty poor track record (one of the lowest in the world in fact) in gender equality and women are often not even allowed to go out in public without their husbands being with them - Nigeria is a male dominated society full stop.
Unfortunately domestic violence and rape in Nigeria are all too common so Nigerian girls are usually looking for more stable, more loving and more productive lives with foreign men. You won't have to look very far to find a Nigerian bride.
From an aesthetic point of view Nigerian women are predominantly dark skinned but again with English, Portuguese, Spanish and other European influences you will notice a pretty broad cross-section of looks and skin tones.
You'll find that the appearance and behavior of Nigerian women will depend on what part of the country they live in. Women living in the North, for example, will be followers of the Islamic faith and it's rare to see a female Nigerian Muslim any further than a few feet from her husband.
In the larger cities, such as Lagos and the capital, Abuja, Nigerian women are much more likely to be highly educated and much more in tune with the broader world, but many Nigerian ladies living in more rural areas are likely to much less educated and in tune with modern western culture.
In the South Nigerian women are a bit more liberated and with a massive divorce rate in the country you'll find that the vast majority of single Nigerian women are very interested in becoming Mrs. Somebody, and as soon as they possibly can.
Most Nigerian brides will usually be pretty conservative by the standards of the United States and Europe and they will also usually expect that you fulfill the traditional male role. Normally, that means they expect that you are willing to be a leader within the family and the breadwinner.
You may believe that you want to find a beautiful African bride with traditional views, but different cultural practices can cause a lot of friction within a relationship. It seems very simple until you are involved in a relationship, so take some time to understand the culture before you get serious about a sexy African girl.
Nigeria has a reputation for being one of the most ethnically diverse countries in Africa and with 36 states, 250 separate ethnic groups, speaking over 500 active languages you might think you're in for a rough ride when it comes to communicating.
Fortunately the official language of Nigeria is English and the fact that Nigeria only gained its independence in 1960 means that you'll find English is still spoken by the vast majority of people and of course in all the hotels, airports, ports and other places where communicating matters the most. It also means that dating a Nigerian should be a very straightforward process.
Religion is a major issue that causes enormous problems in Nigeria, because about slightly over half the country is Muslim, about 50.2% according to best estimates, and nearly all of the other half of the country are Christians, although there are still a small number of Nigerians who practice one of several pre-colonial native religions. The nearly even split between Christian and Muslims has led to serious violence, approaching the level of civil war in some areas, however it is difficult to know how much religion really comes into play when Nigerian girls are looking to date foreign men.
The best rule for Nigerian dating, like most things, to keep religion in the back of your mind, but do not let it sour everything. Many Nigerian women are much less doctrinaire about religion than you would expect in such a conservative culture, and if you are religiously conservative you will probably be surprised by the beliefs of a religiously conservative Nigerian lady. They might very well be different from you beliefs, so try to keep an open mind or at least be prepared even if your bride's religious beliefs are extremely important.
One of the real advantages of Nigerian dating as opposed to other West African countries is that it is easy to book a flight and a hotel, because of the of the large number of American and European businessmen and oil field workers who regularly visit the nation.
Most international carriers and other African airlines will fly you to Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos and air travel is the simplest and fastest way to travel to this bustling African nation. If at all possible avoid traveling there during March to August - these are the wettest months of the year.
Most people think the capital of this African nation is Lagos but it's actually Abuja , although Lagos is one of the larger cities in the country. Like many African nations Nigeria was once colonized by Europeans (namely the United Kingdom) but gained independence in 1960 from that same European power.
It is worth mentioning that like most African nations there are some areas where you should be more careful about traveling. There is some serious civil unrest in both the North, in the predominantly Muslim area, and in the South where the indigenous people are fighting for a greater share of the nation's oil revenue.
To be safe it is worth checking the US State Department's travel page for current update and alerts.
Borno state and Yobe state in the north of Nigeria are to be avoided at all costs because of the terrorist activities of an Islamic group called Boko Haram - kidnappings and other terrorist activities are far too common to risk travel to either of these states.
Nigeria has had a pretty turbulent political history since it gained independence and there have been several military coups in the last several years - for good reasons and bad. Unfortunately corruption is rife at every level of the Nigerian political system although the current President Goodluck Jonathan does seem to be attempting some reforms.
If you intend traveling to Nigeria make sure you know where your consulate is located, that you have their contact details and be prepared to leave the country at short notice.