Whether you’re new to the UK altogether or have simply moved to a different city, you’ll need your fix of all things Nigeria. With diverse religions, languages and customs, Nigerians bring an eclectic and unique mix of traditions from West Africa to Great Britain. Find out more about Nigerian culture and communities in the UK and the best ways to get involved.
Arriving in the UK from Nigeria
The UK attracts a variety of Nigerians from its main Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa tribes. You can also find Nigerians from its lesser-known indigenous groups such as the Binis and the Ibibio people living in the UK.
From students to professionals, entertainers to athletes, the UK is home to Nigerian-born folk from every walk of life. And if you’ve just arrived in the UK, there are many things to handle. As well as starting your new life, job or university course, you’ll need to:
You may also be considering applying for British citizenship through marriage or civil partnership.
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Join Nigerian groups in the UK
If you’re looking to connect with other Nigerians in the UK, organisations like Internations and Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) are perfect platforms. Become a member and receive invitations to exciting events and activities such as job fairs and concerts.
Searching social media with Nigeria-related buzzwords like “Nigerians in Glasgow” or “Naija life Bristol” is an excellent way of finding like-minded people near you.
On Facebook alone, there’s Nigerian Doctor’s in the UK (NDUK), Nigerians in the UK and Nigerian in the Diaspora.
In addition, tools like WhatsApp, Uber, CityMapper and SpareRoom are great apps for adjusting to life in the UK.
Another great way of connecting with new friends and acquaintances is through your faith. Whether you’re Muslim or Christian, Nigeria’s main religious groups, attending a Nigerian church or mosque is a great way of acclimatising to the UK.
The Muslim Association of Nigeria or the Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians are good starting points for Nigerians new to the UK.
Where do Nigerians live in the UK?
Nigerians reside all over the UK. However, some cities, towns and even boroughs are known for their Nigerian communities.
From restaurants, hairdressers, market stalls to shops selling traditional fabrics, there are Nigerian communities in Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and beyond.
Most Nigerians, however, can be found in London. The boroughs of Hackney, Islington, Southwark, Lewisham and the Royal Borough of Greenwich were hotspots for Nigerian families who settled in the capital during the 1960s.
As those expats began to establish roots in London, shops catering to Nigerian culture began to spring up all over the capital.
|Did you know? More than a third of Londoners are now foreign-born – that’s around 2.5 million people.|
London’s multicultural mix makes people from all over the world feel at home. And Nigerians are no exception. London is full of job opportunities, world-class universities and transport networks, entertainment, languages, free things to do and more.
The Nigerian community in London
If Nigeria had a capital city outside of the country, it would be London. That’s because there are more Nigerians in London than in any other international city.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were 215,000 Nigerian-born residents in the UK as of 2019. Nigerians in London account for well over half of that estimate, and the numbers continue to grow.
Nigerian restaurants in London
Food is one of the most common reasons people get homesick. With London’s wide selection of Nigerian restaurants, you should feel at home in the capital. Some of the best Nigerian restaurants in London include:
Where to find Nigerian shops in London
It’s not just Nigerian restaurants that are thriving in London. Many Nigerian shops and market stalls sell everyday essentials such as black soap, palm oil, hair products, and even dried fish.
The most popular Nigerian market stalls and products are in:
- Deptford High Street.
- Peckham Rye.
- Ridley Road market.
- Brixton Village.
- Barking market.
- Queens market
If you’re looking for individual shops, be sure to check out:
- Stella’s Groceries (Peckham)
- John and Biola Foods (Thamesmead)
- Ades Foods (Thamesmead)
- Nasseri Fabrics (Brixton)
Attend African and Nigerian events
Whether you’re Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa, there’s an array of Nigerian events in the UK to help keep you informed and entertained. In London alone, you can attend:
As Nigeria shares cultural influences with other African countries, it’s worth looking out for Afro-Caribbean events and Africa-centric festivals like:
In addition, the Africa Centre on London’s South Bank is an excellent resource for African events, news, collaborations and more.
Nigerian culture around the UK
Outside of London, you can still find Nigerian communities and influences up and down the UK. The table below highlights some of the best Naija-centric spots and events away from the capital.
|Birmingham||Empress Bar & Grill – 82 Cecil St, B19 3SU.||Afrimart – 468 Dudley Rd, B18 4HF.||Sankofa – African fashion show. (Oct 16th 2021)|
|Glasgow||Pepper Soup Joint – 175 Allison St, Govanhill, G42 8RX.||Solly’s African Village – 381 Great Western Rd, G4 9HY.||Davido – SSE Hydro. (Aug 28th 2021)|
|Liverpool||Jod Foods – 20 Chapel Street, L3 9GW.||Africa Food Store – 9 Townsend Ln, Anfield, L6 0AX.||Africa Oyé – Afro-Caribbean music and culture festival (June 2021)|
|Bristol||Agape – 99 Fishponds Rd, Eastville, BS5 6PN.||JWDKS African Food – 41 West St, St Philips, BS2 0BZ.||Bristol Jollof – cult rice cooking contest (May 15th 2021)|
|Manchester||Roots – 518 Hyde Rd, M18 7AA.||Global African – 78 Hulme High St, M15 5JP.||New Daughters of Africa – literature festival (Oct 2021).|