More than 15,000 refugees have been turned away
Hundreds of refugees are waiting in the old Athens airport building
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Between January and July 2016, more than 15,000 people were turned back at the German border because they did not meet the requirements to enter legally.
People who travel to Europe and Germany illegally are putting their lives at risk.
Anyone who enters Germany illegally in search of work and a better life will not be allowed to stay.
Rejected asylum-seekers will be deported, receive long-term travel bans for the Schengen area and must pay their deportation costs themselves.
The German Missions in Nigeria are proud to present Megaloh and DJ and producer Ghanaian Stallion. Together they will bring their unique sound of German Rap with Nigerian and Ghanaian influences to Lagos and Abuja. Come to their shows on September 17th in Lagos or September 18th in Abuja!
Open Day at the German Foreign Office
From town-hall meetings with Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth, to DJ workshops and classical music – the German Foreign Ministry’s Open Day has a lot to offer curious visitors.
Consular Section Abuja: changed opening hours!
Please note that from August 8th 2016 onwards the opening hours of the consular section of the German Embassy Abuja will change. Standard consular services (passport applications, signature certifications, copy certifications) will be provided from mondays - thursdays 09.30-11.30 am without appointment. Visa applicants as well as birth and marriage registrations continue to need a prior appointment!
If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment please contact the consular section directly.
Thank you very much for your kind understanding!
3rd German-African Healthcare Symposium
The African health market is booming. Governments, donors and the private sector have recognized that a healthy population is the basis for economic and political stability. Increasingly, urgently needed health system investments are shifted into focus.
The Afrika-Verein (German-African Business Association) in cooperation with the German Healthcare Partnership cordially invites you to the 3rd German-African Healthcare Symposium. The conference will be held in Berlin on October 12th, 2016 following and in collaboration with the World Health Summit (WHS).
Key topics are:
- strengthening of healthcare systems
- access to African healthcare markets
- the role of digitization in the healthcare sector
- financing healthcare projects and infrastructure
- the role of faith-based organizations in the health field
To find out more and register for the event, please visit the Healthcare Symposium's website. The conference addresses especially medium sized enterprises.
3rd German-African Health Care Symposium
Each year the German Embassy in Abuja finances a number of selected projects in the framework of its small scale fund. Key aspects for the selection of the projects are their sustainability and their positive impact on the society, especially for the underprivileged and the one’s in need.
The German Government has been at the forefront of the international movement towards climate protection with German Chancellor Merkel even being called the “Climate Chancellor”. Please read on to find more about Germany’s climate diplomacy and how Germany cooperates with Nigeria in the fields of climate protection, renewable energy and urbanization.
Refugees whose asylum applications have been turned down have to leave Germany
The flow of refugees to Germany continues. In 2015, more than a million asylum-seekers registered here... that’s the highest number ever. However, not all of them are granted residency.
Highlighting what international cooperation can achieve, Abuja saw the first concert of the German band “The Polyersal Souls” supported by Ghanaian musicans Guy One and Florence Adooni. Performing on May 28th at the French Institute Abuja, organized by the German Embassy Abuja, the Polyversal Souls ended their West Africa Tour in Abuja after concerts in Benin, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Lagos.
Concert by “Polyversal Souls”
Germany's New Global Role - Berlin steps up
In a personalized article published in the July/August-issue 2016 of "Foreign Affairs"-magazine German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier analyzes why Germany has won influence in the globa policy.
Here you can find the article published on "www.diplo.de"
Global Media Forum 2016
„Media. Freedom. Values.“ - Deutsche Welle's Global Media Forum will take place in Bonn on June 13-15, 2016. Find out more at
Environmental Management Training Programme For Developing and Emerging Countries - 2016/17 courses
In support of the sustainable development goals of agenda 2030 (SDGs), Technische Universität Dresden is offering a range of environmental management courses in 2016 and 2017.
These courses are designed to prepare the participants for their tasks of environment-related planning, coordination and management within ministries, agencies and local governments as well as NGOs of their home countries. Participants are expected to have several years of course relevant professional experience and to be nominated by their institution in a developing or emerging country.
The program is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.
Application deadline is June 09, 2016.
Interested? Please visit the application FAQ and apply solely via the website of TU Dresden:
Additional information is provided in the flyers below.
The inauguration of the Medical Centre ANNEX at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) took place on 25 April 2016 in Jaji, KADUNA. The Medical Center is a project of the AH-P of the German federal government, which has been implemented by the German Advisory Group in Nigeria.
Inauguration of ANNEX Medical Centre
On 19 January 2016 in the Building of the AFEME Mechatronic School. Colonel Wolfgang Bayer, Head of Staff of the Training Centre of Engineers in Ingolstadt handed over the leadership of the German Advisory Group from Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Bartsch to his successor, Lieutenant-Colonel Jens Gliemann.
Change of Leadership - German Advisory Group
Rumours that all asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in Germany get asylum easily and can stay in Germany are untrue!
What is true is that each single case will be examined by the authorities and decided on its own merits. Anyone who is not granted a right to stay must leave Germany. It’s also very important to know that there is no such thing as economic asylum in Germany.
Beware: Human traffickers are not reliable source of information about living conditions in Europe. They are criminals. Human traffickers deliberately spread rumours and false ...
Staff Writer of Face 2 Face Africa, Eric Ojo, writes on the great strides made by Nigerian authors sequel to a book reading held in Abuja which was sponsored by the German Embassy in Nigeria where writer and journalist Abubakar Adam Ibrahim shared selections from his first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms. To read the full article please follow the link below.
Article by Eric Ojo
From 4 to 14 March 2016 the Thought Pyramid Art Centre presented in Abuja the exhibition "Haske Zanen" by the German / Nigerian artist Emmanuel Eni which was brought to Nigeria by the German Embassy. The exhibition was opened by an art performance by Emmanuel Eni and the cultural program of the German Embassy for the month of March was rounded off with a reading by the young northern Nigerian writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.
Photo Junctions With Lagosphoto 2016 - Call for Entries
The organising committee of Photo Junctions with LagosPhoto constituted by the Embassies of France, Germany, Spain, and the Thought Pyramid Art Centre and in partnership with LagosPhoto Festival, has the pleasure to inform you that early June we will have the second edition of Photo Junctions with LagosPhoto.
This year it will be lead by the French photographer Sami Trabelsi, from June 4th to 10th. The topic of the workshop will be: “Body, architecture and countryside”. Please follow the links below for more information on the workshop and to register to participate.
In an interview with the Daily Trust, German Ambassador Michael Zenner speaks on his 37-year diplomatic service and German-Nigerian relations. Read onthe full interview as published in the Daily Trust on March 5th 2016.
The aerospace industry will be descending on Berlin at the heart of Europe from 1 to 4 June 2016.
ILA Berlin 2016
Federal President Joachim Gauck and Daniela Schadt undertook an official visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 8 to 12 February. The visit to Nigeria followed the democratic change of government last year in this key West African country.
Federal President Joachim Gauck in Nigeria
The German Government will host the international Energy Transition Dialogue at the Federal Foreign Office from 17 to 18 March. The event is aimed at government and business decision-makers, scientists, interest groups and civil society.
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2016 on 17-18 March
During the World Climate Change Conference COP21 held in Paris earlier this month, Deutsche Welle (DW) and Channels TV decided to further strengthen their cooperation by producing a joint environmental magazine titled Eco@Africa.
World Climate Conference COP21 in Paris
Consul General Herbert inaugurated a new computer room at the Muslim Girls High School in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, which was equipped as part of a small project. The micro-project was made possible jointly by the German Embassy Abuja and the German Consulate General Lagos with the support of GIZ and was initiated by German Federal Minister Müller during his visit to the school.
Micro-Project: Computers for Girls' School
Bilingual DW Traineeship 2016
Deutsche Welle’s traineeship takes you around the world in just 18 months. Internships with our editorial departments give you a chance to look into economic and cultural issues as well as news and sports. The traineeship is paid (around EUR 1,600 per month) and can lead to employment with Deutsche Welle.
At the core of the training is a total of six months of theory and practice-oriented seminar blocks looking at everything from journalism basics and live reports to data-driven journalism and mobile reporting. Multimedia is not just a buzzword here – it’s how DW works. And it will be the way you work, too – in seminars, editorial departments as well as with your final project. By the end of the traineeship you will be an expert in multimedia storytelling.
Interested? Please read the information sheet below.
The next traineeship starts in September 2016. Applications will be accepted via DW's online application system between January 11 and February 29, 2016. Applications will not be accepted at any other time.
DW Traineeship 2016 [pdf, 167.76k]
Afrika Kommt! Fellowship program 2015 - 2017
An Initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa: the heart of the AFRIKA KOMMT! fellowship program is an eight-month practical training in a leading German enterprise benefiting both, fellows and partner companies.
Interested? Please read the pdf with all information on the fellowship program. Still want to know more? Visit www.afrika-kommt.de!
Afrika Kommt! Fellowship program 2015-2017 [pdf, 487.96k]
On December 1, the international World AIDS Day, the German Embassy Abuja invited all to a cultural evening on the subject of "The fight against the stigmatization of HIV-positive people". The Nigerian author Safiya Ismaila Yero first read excerpts from her novel "When There is Life", a gripping novel about a woman who learns of her HIV status and must then fight against exclusion and stigmatization.This was followed by the screening of the German-Nigerian film "Stigma".
World AIDS Day
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria consistently continues to explore and leverage opportunities aimed at promoting cultural ties between Germany and Nigeria.
The Embassy upped Thursday 26 of November by partnering with Fashion Designers from Germany and Nigeria to showcase some of the latest designs in the fashion industry in both countries.
Article by Eric Ojo
Deep Schrott, the only bass saxophone quartet in the universe consisting of Andreas Kaling, Wollie Kaiser, Jan Klare and Dirk Raulf, began its West African tour on 12 November 2015 at the invitation of the German Embassy with a phenomenal concert in ThoughtPyramid Art Centre.
"Deep Schrott" in Abuja
Set against the backdrop of the ongoing Georg Baselitz exhibition, Dr. Jan Steckel, head of the working group "Climate Protection and Development" at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, at the invitation of the German Embassy Abuja held a lecture on the topic "The International Fight against Climate Change and the Role of Developing Countries ".
Lecture on Climate Change
From 3 -16 November 2015, the German Embassy Abuja with the support of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in ThoughtPyramid Art Centre in Abuja, presented an exhibition of 11 works by Georg Baselitz.
On November 2nd, 2015 the German Consulate General organized in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Desk of the German Delegation of Commerce and Industry (DGIC) in Lagos an interactive seminar on “Energy Efficiency”. The event took place at the Westwood Hotel in Lagos and was attended by more than 90 participants.
Seminar on "Energy Efficiency"
The 7th "Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” culminated in a festive awards ceremony today. Mr Wilfried Kraus, Head of the BMBF Directorate "Sustainability, Climate, Energy", honoured 27 young scientists from 20 countries.
Green Talents 2015 awarded in Berlin
Following a three day German Federal Government sponsored Bundeskriminalamt training course, Mr. Ingo Herbert, the German Consul General, visited the National Headquarters of the “Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency” (NDLEA) to meet NDLEA-Chairman Ahmadu Giade.
NDLEA Equipment Aid
The Refugee Crisis and the work of Germany’s Diplomatic Missions
The rising number of people fleeing to Germany from crisis regions is a major challenge - for everybody in Germany. For volunteers, institutions, ordinary citizens, and for the refugees themselves. Outside of Germany too, there are lots of people working to cope with the crisis. Germany’s embassies abroad are making a decisive contribution.
Members of the Consulate General visited DHL's logistics hub at Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos on October 20th. Managing Director Randy Buday explained the handling procedures at DHL's largest base in Africa.
Meeting at DHL Logistics Hub
Onatteni Remet (8 years), the sister of Africa's most famous child painter, Onarietta Remet, visited with her parents the Consulate General on 14 October 2015 to donate to the Consulate a painting of her symbolizing the Nigerian-German friendship.
Salamatu Sule is representing Nigeria at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair in, Germany. Miss Sule was interviewed by Adie Vanessa Offiong of the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust. To read the full interview please follow the link below.
Interview with Vanessa Offiong, Daily Trust
MAN Nigeria Ltd., subsidiary of the German brand opened on September 30th in Lagos, wants to introduce more of its electricity solutions to the Nigerian market.
MAN opens in Lagos
The Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Michael Zenner has reiterated the need for the Nigerian government to improve power supply and enact more investor-friendly laws and regulations in order to attract additional Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country.
Click here for the full interview
On 7 September 2015, the German General Consulate in Lagos in cooperation with the delegation of the German economy continued the series of seminars on the theme "Renewable energy". "Nearly 100 people including many representatives from business, academia, civil society and the diplomatic community accepted the invitation of the new Consul General, Ingo Herbert, and participated in this year’s second seminar on the topic "Project Financing in the Field of Renewable Energies" in Westwood hotel in Lagos.
Project Financing in the Field of Renewable Energies
How Germany, through KfW, helps eradicate wild polio infections
In Nigeria and on the African continent, July 24, 2015 marks one year since the last reported case of wild polio. What a turn-around after the country had reached the peak of 1.122 wild polio cases in 2006. This is a significant milestone and could lead to the end of polio in Africa, pending final laboratory classification from all samples expected by September 2015. This progress is due to the coordinated efforts of donors, African governments, health workers, partners, religious and community leaders.
In an interview with the Guardian, Ambassador Michael Zenner highlighted the excellent political, economic and cultural relations between Germany and Nigeria. Numerous bilateral meetings testify to the good state of relations. In the energy, the industrial sector and in the security cooperation there is enormous potential for development. The cooperation between the two countries is on the right track.
Germany and Nigeria have excellent bi-lateral relations
On 30 June 2015, the German Consulate General organized jointly with the Energy and Environmental Desk of the German Delegation of Industry and Commerce in Lagos an interactive seminar themed “Stand-alone Renewable Energy Solutions”. The seminar on 30 June was the opening event for a series of seminars organized by the German Consulate General in Lagos in 2015, focusing on the Potentials of Renewable Energies in Nigeria. Three more seminars are planned.
Seminar series on Renewable Energies
Exactly one month after the inauguration of the Medical Centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre in Jaji, the German Advisory Group Nigeria was able to announce the achievement of another milestone - the inauguration of the training facility for maintenance work in the capital Abuja.
Inauguration of a Mechatronic School
On the 19th of May 2015, the German Advisory Group in Nigeria announced the ceremonial inauguration of the medical centre at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) in Jaji. The Chief of staff of the Nigerian Army, Lieutenant-General Minimah, cut the Ribbon at the entrance of the new dispensary in the presence of the German Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zenner, in addition to numerous high-level guests.
Medical Centre in Jaji
Berlin Policy Journal
BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL is a new bimonthly app magazine on international affairs, edited in Germany’s capital. Each issue sets a theme and reports on a diverse range of current and emerging foreign policy topics, aiming at making German and European foreign policy.
BERLIN POLICY JOURNAL furthers debates and takes a look behind the curtain in Berlin, Brussels, and beyond. Get to know who is shaping the future of international relations from the heart of Europe!Published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
On April 15, 43 instructors who participated in the "Dual Vocational Partnership" received their graduation certificates in Abuja – and can now train others.
The Dual Vocational Training Partnership (DVT) was launched by the Delegation of German Industry in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria) and the Chamber of Commerce Giessen-Friedberg with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in December 2012.
Award of certificates to trainers of the Dual Vocational Partnership with Nigeria
The German News Service is a free news wire of the Deutsche Welle in cooperation with the German Press Agency (dpa) especially for media representatives as well as for everyone who is interested in Germany and wants to know more about German lifestyle, business and culture.
German News Service
On the 24th of March 2015 the Nigerian President Jonathan gave the go-ahead for the new development bank in Nigeria, the Development Bank of Nigeria, that is largely supported by the German development bank KfW.
Nigerian Development Bank