Thereafter, you will apply for visa permit to Nigeria. This is ENGLISH - WELCOME
obtainable by visiting the Nigerian Embassy website i.e. GERMAN - WELKOMMEN
www.nigerianembassy.org. You will then carefully go مكب ا？حر； ARABIC -
through the application process and requirements, going FRENCH - BIENVENUE through the following steps: YORUBA - (E) KAABO HAUSA - BARKA D’AZUWA Step 1 IBO - NNO Print the following during the process of your application: WELCOME a) Completed online visa application Form. b) Acknowledgement Slip (this is obtainable after you Welcome to the “Better by Far” University, the University of click submit button). Ilorin, the great citadel of learning. This brochure intends to c) Proof of online payment (this is obtainable after provide you with necessary information that will acquaint you payment). with your new environment. Information in this BROCHURE are meant for your journey guide, right from your country Step 2 down to your hostel or room at the University of Ilorin, one of the greatest Universities in Nigeria. It is to further guide you on An appointment is booked online by you with the Embassy for what you are likely to meet in terms of people, environment, document submission and Interview. For further details see the structure, weather, etc. and mostly to re-orientate you during Immigration Guide your stay at the University. VACCINATION VISA It is advisable to do your vaccination at least 4-6 weeks before For you to qualify for visa application, you would have been your trip to allow time for effectiveness. offered admission by the University. Names of successful A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required candidates for admission are usually displayed on the along with your International Passport at the point of entry. University website www.unilorin.edu.ng. Students on Exchange Programme will receive an invitation letter from the ARRIVAL University in order to facilitate their visa application.
On arrival in Nigeria, you are assured that an officer of the that has been infected through a previous blood taken from an University of Ilorin will be at the airport to meet you. You are infected person.
expected to have submitted a completed Arrival Information
Form to the Centre at least two (2) weeks before your arrival. The symptoms of malaria include fever, shivering, vomiting, The University beseeches you to e-mail or telephone the Centre anemia, convulsion, chills, nausea, flu-like illness, and in (CIE) for verification of the receipt of your arrival information. severe cases, coma and death.
To reduce the risk of infection, preventive drugs must be taken
continuously since no vaccine is currently available for malaria. HEALTH TIPS
It is advisable to visit a medically qualified Doctor before you Malaria infections are treated with the use of antimalaria drugs, travel, to discuss your travel plans and personal health history such as Artesunate-amodiaquine (therapy only), Artesunate-to determine whether you will require extra medical care. mefloquine (therapy only), Quinine (therapy only), etc. It is If you are currently on medication, please request for a copy of pertinent to take the medication as prescribed by physicians to your prescription that indicates the generic name (s) of the drug increase effectiveness.
and all information concerning the use and duration of the drug.
You may get a comparable prescription in Ilorin. If possible In the recent time, malaria had shown resistance to you can take adequate supply of the drug that will last you Chloroquine and some individuals also experience side effects throughout your stay here. Once you observe any change in to the drug, which include dizziness, body itching, visual your body system that probably gives you concern, alert the disturbance, etc. It is very important for you to let your doctor Centre (CIE) as appropriate and necessary measure or action understand exactly the way you feel in order to know what shall be taken. treatment to provide. It is also important to take protective If you have a chronic condition, discuss your travel plans with measures in order to reduce the chances of contacting the your primary care physician and then request for a clinical disease; these protective measures include the following: report that can be given to a specialist in Ilorin, if necessary.
？ Use treated mosquito nets
i. Malaria ？ Put on protective clothing like long –sleeved shirts,
long pants, hand gloves, socks especially when going to Malaria is a serious scourge and at times may be deadly. The a night class.
risk of malaria is high in all the West African countries and as
such all travelers to West Africa may be at risk of malaria. 90% ii. Typhoid
of malaria-related deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. People
get malaria by being bitten by the female Anopheles mosquito
This type of fever is an illness caused by the bacterium ？ Wash your hands always with soap and water to Salmonella and it is common worldwide. It is transmitted by prevent disease transmission.
the ingestion of contaminated food or water with feaces. The ？ Avoid drinking beverages with ice.
bacteria usually perforate through the intestinal wall and the ？ Wash all fruits and vegetables or peel properly. organism is spread to different organs of the body. ？ Drink bottled water, bore-hole water or in the The symptoms of untreated typhoid fever include gradual rise alternative buy water sachets.
in temperature, headache, cough, high fever, and if untreated ？ Ensure that all canned foods, drugs and water (bottled till the third week a number of complications may occur. or sachet) have manufacturing and expiring dates and Typhoid is treated with antibiotics such as ampicillin, National Food and Drug Administration Council chloramphenicol, amoxicillin, etc. (NAFDAC) registration number printed on them. In order to prevent this disease, sanitation and hygiene with ？ Avoid dairy products, unless they have been clean environment is important. Always wash your hands pasteurized.
before eating and eat well prepared food. ？ Do not swim in streams to avoid water borne diseases.
iii. Aids v. Preventing Infections
This disease is caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) ？ Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, if which is transmitted through direct contact of amucus necessary use alcohol hand rub, this kills 99% germ in membrane or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid containing 30 seconds and dry naturally.
HIV. The majority of infections are through unprotected sexual ？ Keep items like towel, clothes, blankets, etc. personal. intercourse with the person who has HIV. To prevent it, ？ Shower after athletic games or practices. abstain from unprotected sex by using condom; and reduce ？ In case you have a wound, keep it covered. exposure to contaminated blood, by avoiding sharing of ？ When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth or nose clippers, nail cutter, blade or any sharp object that may have with inner elbow or tissue and use antibiotics had direct contact with the body etc. appropriately.
？ Always wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants especially iv. Diarrhea when outdoors.
？ Do not go barefoot and keep your feet clean and dry to It is very important to intimate you to be very careful of what prevent fungal infection.
you eat and drink in order to prevent you from contacting
diarrhea. The following tips can be useful: vi. First Aid Checklist
not to contact parasites that live in water. It is not also safe to
In addition to the health tips these first aid items may be drink stream or river water directly.
carried in your luggage.
； Safety pins ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
； Moist wipes The academic calendar of the University runs from September,
； Sterile eye pads with bandages to June. As one of the leading universities in Nigeria, the
； Thermometer University of Ilorin provides rich academic programmes. All
； Antacid the programmes are fully accredited by the National
； Cold or cough syrup Universities Commission, which is the national university
； Liniment education regulatory body. The professional programmes are
； Balm also accredited by the various professional bodies. The
； Penicillin ointment University offers programmes covering Medicine, Engineering,
； Multivitamins Science, Education, Law, and Humanities at all levels.
； Anti-bacteria soap Graduates of this University have excelled in their fields of
； Anti-Diarrhea medicine endeavours, and the students do the University proud by
； Anti fungal cream emerging victorious in the various national and international
； Water disinfectant tablets competitions.
； Hand sanitizer
There are 53 degree programmes currently been run by the
University. There are also Support Services Unit and the SWIMMING AND ENTERING LOCAL WATER
following Centres are strictly for research and developments.
In Nigeria and like any other West African Countries,
swimming in streams, local beaches or river is not safe. You i. Centre for Research, Development and In-House are strongly advised to be very careful when going to local Training.
beaches or streams because some of these beaches have very ii. Hydro Power and Energy Centre.
strong currents and can drown someone. iii. Technical and Entrepreneurial Centre. The University of Ilorin advises all students to avoid iv. University Teaching and Research Farm. swimming or walking barefoot in streams or river banks so as v. STEM Cell Research Centre.
vi. Sugar Research Institute.
vii. Central Research Laboratory programmes are expected to spend 4 years. Details of the
University‟s academic programme are contained in its
Academic programme prospectus usually given to every
successful candidates offered admission to the University. You
can obtain your copy at the Academic Office. Registration Procedures
Registration is done on-line through the University registration
portal, thereby making it a less fatigue exercise. With your GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR EXPERIENCE
good knowledge of computer vis-a- vis internet, registration is
made easier. Details of your registration procedures are In order to make your experience more rewarding, consider the available on the University website www.unilorin.edu.ng. following:
Make sure you follow the steps and fill in the correct ; Use your good sense of judgment and put safety first. information. In case you have a hitch, you can contact the CIE ; Flexibility, openness and maintenance of good attitudes on these numbers: could earn you an experience that may change or rather
enhance your life.
+ (0)31810065 ; Learn to relax and step away from overwhelming
+234 -8036567529; and situation in order to gain a new perspective.
+234 -8058025743. ; Maintain a sense of curiosity, tolerance and patience Similarly, list of programmes offered with their requisites are It is important that you learn about the current events detailed out on the University website. happening in Nigeria because knowledge about current events Admission into Nigerian Universities is controlled by a body will be useful when you are engaged in a conversation with called the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). others. You can get more information on Nigeria from the For detail information, please visit the Board‟s website Radio and the Dailies.
INTRODUCTION TO YORUBA LANGUAGE
The University, like other Nigerian Universities, operates on In Kwara State, and more so in Ilorin where the University is Semester basis; Rain and Harmattan. The period of an situated, Yoruba is predominantly the local spoken language. academic programme varies from 3, 4, 5 and 6 years. For Please endeavour to speak the basics of the language like: example students admitted through direct admission into , Good morning (E) Kaaro!
Humanities, Science and Education are expected to spend 3 Good afternoon (E) Kaasan!
years, while students admitted through University Good evening (E) Kaale!
Matriculation Examination (UME) admission for the same Good night O daaro!
Thank you (E) (O) seun prudent in your spending and buy what you consider most How are you? Se alaafia ni/ S‟alafia ni? important to you.
I am fine Alaafia ni! In order to check your spending habit, it is advisable that you You are welcome (E) Kaabo! open an account with a view to deposit your money at any of In Yoruba language, the (E) is used when you are addressing the designated banks on the campus. Money transfer services an elderly person or as a plural marker for second person plural. are available in these banks. Therefore, receiving money from
your country becomes easier.
The local currency in Nigeria is “naira”(N). The current MONEY
exchange rate is N151 to $1 and N240 to C 1.
In Nigeria generally and in Ilorin in particular, prices of
commodities are cheaper compared to the costs of similar Note that the exchange rate fluctuates from time to time. commodities in your countries. In any case, your spending
habit will guide you on how much you spend during your stay CLOTHING
Nigeria enjoys both wet and dry season. Wet season occurs
between April and October and the dry season between oNovember and March. The temperatures range from 34 C to Estimated costs for items in Ilorin o？ Breakfast at a restaurant on the average is N200.00 38 C in the year. February to March is the heart of the dry
？ Lunch or dinner at a students campus café is also season and it is always much hotter. During the Harmattan
N200.00 period, there is excessive harmattan in early January and the
？ A loaf of bread is between N50.00 and N100 while weather can be very cold. While the wet season experiences
sliced bread cost N160.00. heavy rain between June and September.
？ Wheat bread at Ostrich is between N150.00 and
N300.00. With the above information tips, foreign students are advised to
？ A bottle of soft drinks is N60.00 come along with clothing that will suit the different weather
？ A packet of biscuits is between N10.00 and N100.00. conditions.
？ A bar of antiseptic soap is N80.00.
？ A large bottle of water is N100.00. i. Dress For Success
As a foreign student, you may be tempted to spend more
money on your first visit to Nigeria and the University of Ilorin The University of Ilorin has a Dress Code, because the in particular. To this end, the University advises you to be University is determined to impact positively on its students
not only academically but also morally in pursuit of its
commitment to the development of a total person. Students are b. Male students must not:
strongly advised to dress decently at all times. One‟s mode of ？ Wear tattered jeans and jeans with holes; dressing depicts one‟s personality. Students are therefore ？ wear unkempt appearances;
encouraged to dress responsibly to command respect. ？ wear T-shirts with obscene inscriptions;
？ wear shirts without buttons or not properly buttoned, The following dresses are forbidden on our campuses: revealing the wearer‟s chest unduly;
？ use earring;
a. Female students must not wear- ？ plait or weave their hair;
？ Short and Skimpy dresses e.g. body hugs, show-me-？ wear loose tie;
your-chest, spaghetti wears and dresses exposing ？ wear ass level/earth level/sagging trousers.
sensitive parts of the body, backless, camisole and
？ Tight shorts and obscene skirts that are above the knees; LIVING ON CAMPUS AT UNILORIN
？ Pencil trousers;
？ Leggies; At the University of Ilorin, taxis are not allowed to enter the Campus
？ Tight top/blouses above the hips. after 12 midnight. If there is any emergency, the Student Union
？ Chest/breast/hips and tommy revealing dresses; Government has a bus which has been donated by the University and
？ Tattered jeans and jeans with holes; this can be used if need arises.
？ Transparent and see through dresses;
？ Tight fittings, e.g. jeans, skirts, hipster, patra, lactra, etc. It is prohibited for students to smoke on campus and there is no
that reveal the body shape and contour of the body; bar on campus.
？ Under-clothing, such as singlet worn publicly; Campus information and announcements are placed on notice
？ Unkempt appearances; boards mounted at strategic locations on campus. In the case of
？ Long and tight skirt which is slit in front or at the sides, Departmental information and announcements, such are placed
which unduly reveal sensitive parts of the body as the on the Departmental notice boards. Students are encouraged to
wearer moves on; read these notices.
？ T-shirts with obscene inscriptions; FOOD
？ Shirts without buttons or not properly buttoned,
revealing the wearer‟s chest unduly. Nigerian cuisine, is known for its richness and variety.
Different spices, herbs and flavourings are used in conjunction
with palm or groundnut oil to create deeply-flavoured sauces Plantain: It is a big banana used to make “dodo”. This can be and soups often made very hot with chilli peppers. cooked or fried in to “dodo” or Plantain chips.
Nigerian cuisine varies depending mostly on the area you are
staying or you come from. For instance, the University of Ilorin Moinmoin: This is a steam bean pudding made from a mixture is in the North Central and the common foods here are rice of washed and peeled black-eyed beans, onions and fresh black (white rice with stew, jollof rice or fried rice) as the case may pepper wrapped in a leaf, like banana leaf or nylon. be, amala, eba, tuwo, pounded yam, beans to mention but a few.
Pounded Yam: (Iyan): This is made with boiled yam that is
pounded. It is similar to mashed potatoes: it is always eaten Common Nigerian Delicacies
with vegetable soup.
Rice: white rice with stew, jollof rice, fried rice with tomatoes
or tomato paste and a variety of vegetables and meats. Dundu: This is fried yam or potatoes (Irish or sweet). At times,
it is eaten with specially prepared sauce.
Tuwo Cinkafa: This is also a delicacy made from rice which
is primarily eaten in the Northern part of the country. CUSTOMS AND ETIQUETTE
Amala: This is a thick paste made from yam or cassava,
having been peeled, cleaned, dried and then blended but In Nigeria, foreigners are easily identified because of the way normally brown in colour, while that of cassava is off - white. they dress, behave, and talk.
This is commonly eaten in the Western part of the country. Greetings are very important and at times can be a lengthy
affair, because it is expected that you should ask after each Gari (Eba): Gari is cassava which is grated and fried. It is other‟s health, studies, work, family, etc. Men usually shake eaten like cereal, soaked in water with sugar and milk. Eba is hands with their right hands, and it is common to hold each like amala, a very thick paste rolled into balls and made from other‟s hands during the initial part of the conversation. But for cassava. It is eaten with soup. This is prominently eaten in the an elderly man, or if there is a difference in status, the younger Eastern and Western parts of Nigeria. or junior one would bow. In the northern part, instead of
bowing, many make a gesture of clenched fist in front of the Fufu: This is also a thick and very smooth paste made from chest. Women usually kneel down for an elderly person in the cassava, it is eaten with soup and commonly eaten among the south western part of the country and in the eastern, Igbo and Yoruba. handshakes and embracing each other are common. In the
northern part, which is predominantly Muslim, a woman would
not shake a man‟s hand, but bow low and mostly, physical will find that even the original prices asked is often cheaper contact between the opposite sexes is discouraged. than what you will find elsewhere. It is common for merchants It is very important as a foreigner to learn a little of the to try to take advantage of foreigners by inflating the price of Nigerian custom. At times you meet people that will first greet items. Shop around to get a sense of what the range of market you and many a times people will wait for you to first greet prices are.
them. Some of your classmates or roommates may be Bargaining should only be done in the market. It is not interested in becoming your friends, others may ask for money, appropriate in other venue. But be careful about making too and some may be unfriendly in their approach. It is important many comparisons. Know that you are in another culture with that you learn how to cope with these situations. different standards and ways of living. It is expected that individuals that are elderly are greeted and
addressed formally especially on campus, using proper titles Some Useful Bargaining Terms in the Market such as Professor, Dr., Mr. Mrs. Sir, Madam, etc. It is
considered disrespectful to call a person by their first names I want to buy - Mo fe ra
unless you are in the same age group or you have been given How much is? - Elo ni ?
permission to use the first name. Orange - Osan
Cloth - Aso Business Transaction
Banana - Ogede
Bargaining is common in the market and it is an important part Yam - Isu
of most purchases. Pepper - Ata
When bargaining, it is common to show a little emotion but Onion - Alubosa
you don‟t have to loose control. Mostly, at supermarkets/stores, Shoe - Bata
prices of commodity are fixed and pasted on the items. Cap - Fila
You have to know that it is wrong to:
1) continue negotiating a price for an item that you are not Having asked for the prices of items, response may be: seriously interested in purchasing. It is alright to change your Ten Naira - Naira Mewa
mind if the price is not right, but it is poor manners to lead a Twenty Naira - Ogun Naira
merchant on. Fifty Naira - Aadota Naira
2) take advantage of the merchants in the market. There as the case may be.
are times when you can get merchandise for a very inexpensive
price, but remember this is their livelihood. Many of the Then you may bargain further and ask question like: merchants are supporting loved ones in nearby villages. You Please take - Ejoo, e gba
Also response like: that of your friends and interesting sites from your country to Bring money - (E)m‟owo wa share with your Nigerian friends.
a negative response may be: A BRIEF HISTORY OF NIGERIA
No - Kogba
Per adventure it is a positive response given, courtesy demands Nigeria, as a nation had eventful history before the colonial that you show little appreciation by saying: period. The Nok culture in the present Plateau state existed
more than 2000 years ago. In 1000 AD, Kano and Katsina Thank you - E seun recorded history and this was followed by the Hausa kingdom Asking a Colleague to accompany you to the market in the first and the Bornu Empire. In 1400 AD, the Yoruba kingdom was thth and 16 centuries the Benin kingdom instance can be of help. founded and in the 15
Nigeria experienced sixty years of colonial rule and was Socializing
divided into regions for administrative purposes. stNigeria gained its independence on 1 October, 1960 as a In socializing, it is not appropriate to visit the person of the
federation of three regions (northern, western and eastern). opposite sex late in the evening if you are not dating. When it
Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa became the first Prime comes to dating, men are usually expected to do the asking. It stis also regarded as rude and offensive in Nigeria to publicly Minister on 1 October, 1960 and was overthrown in a military thdisplay affection between the opposite sex, and homosexuality coup detat on 15 January, 1966. Nigeria witnessed successive stor lesbianism are taboos in the Nigerian society. coups until 1 October, 1979 when Alhaji Shehu Shagari
became the President of the Second Republic. There was
another coup in December, 1983. Between 1983 and 1999, PHOTOS
Nigeria experienced Military governments. In 1999, a
The University has an area in the campus where you can take democratically elected government came into power under the pictures. In case you have your own camera, there are leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo. The country
witnessed a lot of improvement in Education, Information and interesting places you can capture especially when you go on
Communication Technology and Agriculture. President excursion to museums, art centres, pottery, water falls, parks,
etc. Olusegun Obasanjo handed over to a newly elected civilian In your adventure, you have to be cautious and ask for government, headed by Alhaji Umar Musa Ya‟radua on the thpermission before you take pictures. You can as well bring 29 May, 2007. It is worthy to note that Nigeria has more than
521 languages. photos from your home country especially your family picture,