Port Harcourt is located about 4 degrees north of the Equator. It lies along the Bonny River on the Niger Delta. Port Harcourt is east of Lagos (60 minute flight) and is the capital of Rivers State.
Port Harcourt is the second most important port in Nigeria. Port Harcourt is mostly self sufficient with shops, markets, and restaurants but no town centre as such.
Heavy monsoon rain period is normally between May and October. Downpours are intense but brief. The rain will clear away and sunshine will return for the remainder of the day.
Residential Area and Industrial Area
The Rumukoroshe Residential Area (RA) is a 60 minute drive from Port Harcourt international airport. The RA consists of 350 houses set in lovely gardens with well-paved roads. Amenities include a Company sponsored primary school, Activity Centre, the Shell Club, a medical clinic, two small shops, a small vegetable market, a 50m swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, weight training and aerobic gym and an eighteen-hole golf course with a Clubhouse. A 3m high fence/wall with complete CCTV cover surrounds the RA and access is only through the guarded and controlled main gate.
The Shell office is located in the Industrial Area (IA), approximately 30 minutes drive (depending on traffic) from the RA. Also located in the office complex are the fully equipped Medical Centre, several local bank branches, a cafeteria and the immigration office.
Company commuter buses, which travel with a security escort, provide transport service between the RA and the IA at the start of, and at the end of the working day. Buses are also provided at other scheduled times, to the International Airport. For security reasons, travel by personal car to the office [IA] is not authorised.
Composition of Expatriate Community
Port Harcourt has a diverse expatriate community with nationals from most regions of the world. Shell expatriates are predominantly European, however, Asians, Middle Eastern and other African nations are also represented.
The two dominant religions in Nigeria are Islam (50%) and Christianity (40%) while indigenous beliefs account for the remaining 10%. Nigerians are deeply religious and most actively practice their faith. The north is mostly Muslim; the southeast is primarily Christian while the southwest is mixed.
Nigerian people are generally very understanding and will normally make allowances for any mistakes you make as a foreigner. Remember that money offerred with your left hand is considered dirty, and do not be upset if your Nigerian guests arrive late for dinner and to treat elders with respect.