Facing the Gulf of Guinea
, Nigeria, which has the largest population in Africa
, shares borders with Benin
. Independent since 1960, this old British colony suffers from endemic poverty, violence, corruption and civil war despite, though perhaps because of, its natural resources. A melting pot of various ethnicities, the majority of the population live in villages. You have to go further inland if you want to appreciate the beauty of the scenery offered by the forests, mountains, savannah or the Sahel.
Security: the FCO has heavy restrictions in place for those who want to travel to Nigeria. For the full list of places the FCO advises against travelling to, see here.