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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.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.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.