Nigerians love soccer (or football as it’s known here), and even bustling Lagos comes to a standstill when a major soccer match is in play. European league matches are popular, especially the English Premier League. Large crowds gather at dedicated viewing centers and in pubs to watch matches, and they’re a good opportunity to make new friends. Nigerians love expats who like soccer, and the bond is even stronger when you support the same team. If sport isn’t your thing, check out live music at New Afrika Shrine or head to Freedom Park, a cultural center, concert venue, museum and market in a former prison. If you’re keen to meet other expats, consider joining a private beach or boating club. The Expats in Nigeria Facebook group and Lagos International Friends Meetup group are other options.