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Question: I might have an opportunity to teach a filmmaking workshop in Nigeria. What do you think?

I need your help. 🙂

I might have the opportunity to teach a filmmaking course in Nigeria, but I am concerned about all the government travel warnings that have been issued for that country. I am especially concerned after the bombing of the UN building in Abuja today.

The workshops would take place in either Abuja or Lagos.

If you live in Nigeria, or you have worked in Nigeria, I would like to hear from you about what you think of the situation. I appreciate any comments you may have.

Also, here are two government websites (Canada and Australia) and the warnings they are putting out. Please let me know what you think of them.


Thank you,


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  • Carl Barbee August 26, 2011, 8:22 PM

    Good evening, Peter
    From all information available, it extremely difficult to trust what you see and don’t see there; and arranging security would best be done outside the country prior to even scheduling such a mission.
    Although I am sure the logistic could be worked out for such a mission. And it is a mission with great risk to all support personnel taken along. So it must be carefully mapped out, and keeping the map quiet on a need to know basis only is of the utmost importance. Work closely, with your Embassy. Though I think they’ll totally advise against the mission at all.
    This is the United States; State Dept current warning for traveling to and into Nigeria.
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and continues to recommend U.S. citizens to avoid all but essential travel to the Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers; the Southeastern states of Abia, Edo, Imo; the city of Jos in Plateau State,. Bauchi and Borno States in the northeast; and the Gulf of Guinea because of the risks of kidnapping, robbery, and other armed attacks in these areas. Violent crime committed by individuals and gangs, as well as by persons wearing police and military uniforms, remains a problem throughout the country. This notice replaces the Travel Warning for Nigeria, dated October 19, 2010, to update information on violent activity and crime in Nigeria.
    That said Peter, if I can be of any other help please let me know.

    Carl Barbee

  • Luke Angba August 27, 2011, 4:15 AM

    Hello Peter,

    It will be an honor having you in Nigeria. I am an upcoming filmmaker and live in Jos- a crisis hit area.

    I would be glad to work with you should you desire it. Concerning the security issues, it is a very insignificant number of people and areas that are trying to score a point. Fact is, you would not find it a problem if you bwork with an indigene Or a friend who’d make most of the arrangements while you simply appear for the time set for the programme. Again, the Nigerian Business and entertainment communities are not the target of these people most of the time, rather, it is the government.

    Thousands enter and exit Nigeria on a daily basis, seeking business opportunities. Major film icons and great artists from the US and beyond come for programmes and shows each year. Yes, work with your Embassy but be assured that you will not regret it coming once we the citizens and film community are the ones receiving you. In fact, most of our Christian Governors are very receptive and protective toward those they Host. I am an insider and I am telling you first hand that you would not be hurt, and that with early publicity, you will have a great turn up and a wonderful Time.

    If you are still interested, email me. I will not gain anything seeing a Great Man like you get hurt. It is because we need the value you will be coming with.

    Thank you, Sir.

  • Samuel White August 27, 2011, 8:33 AM

    Three words: Forget About It!!
    Unless you don’t mind having machine guns aimed at you hourly ;o Nigerians are nice but violence is exploding not a place you want to travel to at the moment.

  • Ifeanyi September 4, 2011, 4:48 PM

    Dear Peter,
    i wish i could tell where you are writing from…US or Canada i guess?….the truth is that sometimes what you read on the news contrast sharply with what you have on ground…i agree there are incidents of bombing in nigeria but the truth is that the average man still go about their usual businesses..go to international airports., people are still flying in and out of nigeria.i am a nigerian living in Boston Massachusetts .i am interested in going into film directing with particular focuse on nigeria movies..i really wish i could get intouch with your..i can assure you that working with people who know and understand the nigeria terain,you definitely have no problem go there for the workshp.

  • Damola Adenle July 27, 2012, 7:37 PM

    I hope you made the trip. If you didn’t – Big loss. Not for us Nigerians (We sure could use some technical know how down here) But for you.

    Time spent in Nigeria is an opportunity of a life time for any visitor. Your creative juices would definitely get a shot – the sights the sound, the places, but most especially the people…

    FYI the crime rate in the US is exponentially greater than that in Nigeria. But we don’t listen to Stories of crime and kidnappings and bombings and Serial killers and shooters and earthquakes and storms and hurricanes and murders and… about America, when we troop to America, but when you guys trickle in, you double-check even the weather report – (huh, its Africa, I don’t know what its gonna be like – blah, blah blah)

    If you’ve got an invitation to come, get on the next plane, and have fun while you’re at it.


  • Peter D. Marshall July 28, 2012, 11:48 AM

    Thanks Damola. This workshop didn’t work out but I still plan to come to Nigeria one day 🙂