Intercultural Training Nigeria

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CultureWaves offers practice-oriented know-how for your successful collaboration with Nigerian business partners.

This west African, most populous state of the African continent, is a nation displaying great cultural diversity: more than 500 different languages, numerous religions as well as a variety of ethnic groups. The Nigerian culture is characterized by influences of its many ethnics as well as by Islamic-Arabic and European influences. Nigeria is the second largest economy of Africa following South Africa. This is mainly due to the extraction of oil.

Extend your intercultural competencies and understanding of Nigerian business partners’ business mentality. CultureWaves offers background know-how on Nigeria as well as practical recommendations for a successful collaboration with partners from Nigeria.

You can reach us via phone +49 (0)2227 908 6252 and email Or just use our contact form.

What you can expect from our Intercultural Training Nigeria

By completing the training participants will:

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  • sharpen their perception and develop a broader understanding of different perspectives
  • understand the impact of cultural values on people’s behaviour, communication and work style
  • gain a better understanding of Nigerian society and traditions as well as their impact on work life
  • anticipate what behaviour may irritate Nigerian business partners and gain a deeper understanding of their reactions
  • be able to adapt to Nigerian business life more effectively
  • understand which competencies are important to operate with intercultural sensitivity
  • know helpful strategies to communicate successfully with Nigerian business partners

We are looking forward to advising you and to tailoring the Intercultural Training Nigeria to your specific needs!

Intercultural training Nigeria – possible content:

Understanding Nigeria

Self-perception and perception by others

  • from colonial times towards a modern African state: historical background and political, economic and social developments of the multi-ethnic state
  • developing a better understanding of Nigerian business partners and their business mentality through a change of perspective
  • the dilemma between task orientation and relationship orientation
  • living in the ‚here-and-now‘: time-orientation in Nigeria
  • building and maintaining relationships with Nigerian business partners
  • the Nigerian working culture: flexibility, autonomy and willingness to learn

Communication with Nigerian business partners

  • the highest command: ‚saving face‘
  • communication via e-mail or telephone
  • giving and receiving criticism
  • taboos and topics for small talk: showing respect and interest by recognition of local developments

Meetings, team- und project work

  • the first meeting: proper address and etiquette
  • team and project work with Nigerian partners – what to take into account?
  • flexibility in dealing with time during project work


  • how hierarchical structures are viewed in Nigeria
  • preferred styles of management and leadership
  • decision-makers and decision-making processes

How to behave in challenging situations and in case of conflict

  • the role of uncertainty avoidance – rules and regulation versus improvisation
  • dealing with challenging situations when collaborating with Nigerian business partners
  • strategies to avoid and resolve conflicts

Presenting and negotiating

  • expectations of a Nigerian audience of presentations: structure, content and communication targets
  • successful conversational strategies: how to convince Nigerian business partners
  • efficient negotiating strategies

Business trips – tips and recommendations

  • travelling to Nigeria – recommendations for business meetings and everyday life in Nigeria
  • etiquette for business lunches and proper gifts when being invited
  • private encounters between Europeans and Nigerians

Summary of key learnings

Wrap up and practical recommendations for working with Nigerian colleagues and business partners.

Do you have specific needs?

Depending on your current needs and business-specific challenges, CultureWaves can tailor your Intercultural Nigeria Training.

Intercultural training Nigeria – How, where and for whom?

  • customized to target group and main topics
  • individual or group training
  • face-to-face or virtual training
  • on-site or off-site
  • for employees of all levels, professionals and leaders

We are looking forward to advising you and to tailoring the Intercultural training Nigeria to your specific needs!

Intercultural training Nigeria – methodology

CultureWaves offers behaviour-oriented training which is characterized by focussing on the participants’ needs, interactive approaches and practical relevance.

Our approach comprises background information to better understand business mentalities, interactive group exercises, and up-to-date videos and graphics. Participants are given an opportunity to work on case studies, participate in group discussions, and reflect on what they have heard. In addition, we provide you with practice-oriented recommendations designed to help your business success.

If you are interested please feel free to contact us!

We are looking forward to write an offer for you or to answer any remaining questions.

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About CultureWaves

Since 1999, CultureWaves has helped companies to manage important business relationships, as they open up and develop new in their international business as well as in processes of change and going international.

Our team of more than 120 experts offers consulting, coaching, training, workshops, key-note speeches and process support for international businesses and their employees worldwide.

You can reach us via phone +49 (0)2227 908 6252 or email Or just use our contact form.

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