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Business in Nigeriafor(Name, Job Title of person who requested report)(Name of Company of report requester)byHenry Brunson, Ryan Campbell, Tyler Carriere, Christina Fratto, Janelle Gomez (Name of Company writing team works for)Letter of Transmittal
April 12, 2010TABLE OF CONTENTSExecutive SummaryChapter I – IntroductionChapter II – Cultural ConsiderationsChapter III – Nonverbal CommunicationChapter IV – Business PresentationsChapter V – Business MeetingsChapter VI – Communication Technology PreferencesChapter VII – Report SummaryExecutive Summary
Statement of Purpose:This report informs non-Nigerian businesspeople on how to properly and effectively communicate with Nigerian businesses and businesspeople.Statement of the ProblemThe information needed by non-Nigerian business people to communicate effectively and efficiently with Nigerian businesspeople centers on the following five questions:* What cultural factors affect the way non-Nigerian businesspeople communicate with Nigerian business people.* What times of nonverbal communication are important to Nigerian businesspeoples.* How are business presentations conducted in Nigerian?* How are business meetings conducted in Nigeria?* What types of electronic communication technology do Nigerian businesspeople prefer?CHAPTER II – CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONSAs a country, Nigeria is a diverse culture that differs exceptionally from American culture. Nigeria boasts the largest population in Africa with over 500 languages spoken among its residents (Nigeria – Culture). As such, there are plenty of culture differences that must be considered if one is to do business with Nigeria.In general, the Nigerians are very proud of their country. Most people consider Nigeria to be an African super-power. Nigeria has vast amounts of natural resources and sixth largest oil producing nation in the world (Nigeria – Culture). Religiously, the vast majority of the Nigerian population is split between Christianity and Islam (Nigeria Culture). The major holidays of both religions are celebrated throughout the country. As a business man, it is important to be aware that you may need to accommodate around these holidays.As far as language barriers go, English is the country’s official language and the one that is recognized when doing business transactions (Nigeria Culture). The majority of Nigerian government and business leaders will use English in professional dealings (Business in Nigeria). Most commonly, they will use English extremely formally and will be overly respectful and courteous (Business in Nigeria). It is important to treat them with the same level of respect and
to not use slang when speaking. However, English is not the first language of most Nigerians, save for the urban elites and you may find that English is not spoken at all in some areas outside of the business place (Nigeria – Culture). Hiring a translator or learning the language can be very useful in navigating the Nigerian cities. Nigeria’s social system is extremely hierarchical.