Yesterday, I was offered a temporary position with the Canadian government in Lagos for 6 weeks, and am trying to determine if I will take it.
My main concern is personal safety - I am willing to take reasonable precautions (stay to well-trafficked areas, travel with someone where possible in the day, limit travel after dark, use hired drivers, don't dress in a manner that indicates I have money, etc.), but am wondering what my level of risk (of robbery, armed robbery, assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary) is even with these precautions. Will I be stuck inside my hotel every evening because I shouldn't really go out after dark?
I should note I'm in my early 30s, white, female and petite. This would also be my first trip to Africa, and my first trip to a developing country - no matter what, this is going to be a new experience, and I'm expecting a good amount of culture shock.
I'm also wondering what there is to do evenings and weekends in Lagos - I've seen reference to a few beaches (with various warnings about safety), a couple of museums, a market, and a shopping centre. For a city this size, it seems incredibly limited - am I missing something? Or are these simply the "safe" activities for tourists?
I'd be there in late May and all of June, which I understand is the rainy season. Can anyone tell me how wet I should expect it to be? I've seen video of the flooded streets - is this exceptional or common? Will it rain all day, or will there be showers and then clearing? Is it torrential downpours or just constant drizzle?
Any thoughts, advice or experience would be appreciated.