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Time in Nigeria is

3:37 PM

Saturday, February 24, 2024


Brief Information about Nigeria
Region Africa
Latitude 9° 04' 39.90" N
Longitude 8° 40' 38.84" E
Capital Abuja
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO Code NG / NGA / 566
Languages Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, English
Currency Nigerian Naira (NGN)
UTC Time Now 03:37:42 PM Sat 24th of Feb 2024
Unix Time Now 1708789062
Phone Code 234
Internet TLD .ng

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Nigeria time zone falls between the meridians of UTC+01:00 and UTC+02:00. But Nigeria chooses to observe the meridian of UTC+01:00 as year-round standard time. This observation, makes time in Nigeria to be the same throughout the geographical zones. UTC is a standard used to set all time zones around the globe.


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Nigeria.


Nigeria Time is the Same Throughout the Zones and States!


UTC+01:00 is a West Africa Time (WAT) which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. Therefore, Nigeria Standard Time is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Countries like Ghana and England that are in GMT are one hour behind Nigeria.

Nigeria does not observe daylight saving time (DST). DST, which is also called daylight time, or summer time, is the system of advancing clocks by one hour during summer (that's warmer months depending on region's hemisphere) such that daylight stays longer into the evening.

How Nigeria Time Zones Vary

In the west, states like Lagos and Ogun fall into the UTC+1 time zone, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). However, as you travel east across Nigeria, the time changes. The capital Abuja and surrounding central states use UTC+1 like their western counterparts. Moving further east, cities like Enugu, Owerri, and Port Harcourt lie in the UTC+2 time zone, which is two hours ahead of GMT.

The most eastern states of Nigeria fall into yet another time zone - UTC+3. This primarily includes areas like Maiduguri and Yobe in the northeast. So, there is a 2-hour time difference between eastern and western parts of the country on any given day. Those traveling domestically across Nigeria need to pay close attention to the local time zone shifts.

Within each time zone, Nigeria does not observe daylight saving time changes. So, unlike some other parts of the world, Nigerian clocks do not shift forward or back depending on the season. The hours tend to be more consistent year-round within a given time zone. However, some regions still rely on traditional timekeeping methods like following the sun's movements, which leads to flexible work and school schedules. As Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria balances modern time conventions with historic cultural influences when it comes to keeping time.

Nigeria is given Africa/Lagos in the tz database. tz database, which is also called zoneinfo database or IANA time zone database (IANA is Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) is a compilation of information about world's time zones, intended for use in computer programming and operating system.

Why Nigeria Choose UTC+01:00 (WAT) Time Zone

Before January 1, 1914, Nigeria was in separate protectorates - Southern and Northern protectorates. Lagos was the capital of the Southern protectorate.

Lagos first used the standard time of Greenwich Mean Time (UTC ± 00:00) on July 1, 1905 but changed back to Local Mean Time (LMT) on July 1, 1908. Nigeria's LMT was UTC+00:13:35.

UTC+00:30 was adopted nationwide after Nigeria's separate protectorates was amalgamated on January 1, 1914 by the British colonial governor Lord Frederick Lugard.

On September 1, 1919, Nigeria adopted UTC+01:00 because is a more accurate offset from Greenwich Mean Time.


Nigeria Geographical Zones, Climates and Time

Nigeria Tropical Climate

Nigeria is in the tropics and it experiences a tropical climate year-round. There are minimal seasonal differences compared to temperate regions like Europe and the United States.

Daylight hours and temperatures stay relatively consistent. Average daytime highs range from 30 to 36 degrees Celsius depending on the time of year. Parts of Nigeria can see temperatures soar to 41 degrees Celsius at the hottest. During the "cooler" months, monthly averages dip to around 19 degrees Celsius in certain regions.

However, variations across Nigeria's diverse landscape mean the climate is not uniform everywhere. The southern lowlands tend to be very warm and humid, while the inland central region is slightly cooler and drier. The arid northern areas have more of a hot semi-desert climate. But overall, Nigeria lacks the dramatic seasonal swings found in higher latitude locations.

Geographical Regions of Nigeria

Nigeria consists of four main geographical zones. The zones are:

  • Coastal Region: This zone is in the empty lowland along the coast. It runs from West to East. The region has heavy rainfall and swampy vegetation with many rivers and creeks.
  • Forest Region: This region experiences heavy rain and has thick forest vegetation. It is sub-divided into High Forest, Tropical Rain Forest and Swamp Forest.
  • Semi-Savanna Region: This zone is the transitional belt that falls between the true savanna and the forest zones. It is in the northern Nigeria with little rainfall.
  • True Savanna Region: This zone is part of the Sahara Desert of Africa. The region has luxuriant grasses and a few trees.

Nigeria Altitudes and Coordinates

Nigeria average elevation is 380 meters above the see level. The lowest elevation is zero and is found near the Atlantic Ocean in the South. Nigeria highest altitude is 2,419 meters, is the peak of Adamawa mountains called Chappal Waddi in Taraba State.

The coordinates of Nigeria is:

  • Latitude: 9° 04' 39.90" N
  • Longitude: 8° 40' 38.84" E

Time Now in Lagos Nigeria


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Lagos, Nigeria.


Brief Information about Lagos
Geopolitical Zone South West
Latitude 6° 35'N
Longitude 3° 45'E
Capital Ikeja
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 Code NG-LA

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Time in Abia, Nigeria Right Now


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Abia State, Nigeria.


Brief Information about Abia State
Geopolitical Zone South East
Latitude 5° 25'N
Longitude 7° 30'E
Capital Umuahia
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 Code NG-AB

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Kano State Nigerian Time


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Kano State, Nigeria.


Brief Information about Kano State
Geopolitical Zone North West
Latitude 11° 30'N
Longitude 8° 30'E
Capital Kano
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 Code NG-KN

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Rivers State - Port Harcourt, Nigeria Time Right Now


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Rivers State, Nigeria.


Brief Information about Rivers State
Geopolitical Zone South South
Latitude 4° 45'N
Longitude 6° 50'E
Capital Port Harcourt
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 Code NG-RI

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What Time is it in Nigeria Federal Capital Territory (FCT)?


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.


Brief Information about FCT
Geopolitical Zone North Central
Latitude 8° 50'N
Longitude 7° 10'E
Capital Abuja
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 Code NG-FC

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Current Time in Cross River - Calabar, Nigeria


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Cross River State, Nigeria.


Brief Information about Cross River - Calabar
Geopolitical Zone South South
Latitude 5° 45'N
Longitude 8° 30'E
Capital Calabar
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 Code NG-CR

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Delta State, Nigeria Current Time


The time is 3:37 PM - Saturday, February 24, 2024 in Delta State, Nigeria.


Brief Information about Delta State
Geopolitical Zone South South
Latitude 5° 30'N
Longitude 6° 00'E
Capital Asaba
Time Zone UTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 Code NG-DE

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How Nigeria Time Different from other Locations

Here are the plus-minus hours difference between Nigeria Time and time in other Important places in the world.

Location Time Difference Comment
Los Angeles -9 Hours Behind Nigeria by 9 hours
Chicago -7 Hours Behind Nigeria by 7 hours
New York -6 Hours Behind Nigeria by 6 hours
Toronto -6 Hours Behind Nigeria by 6 hours
Sao Paulo -4 Hours Behind Nigeria by 4 hours
London -1 Hour Behind Nigeria by 1 hour
Paris 0 Hours Share same time with Nigeria
Zurich 0 Hours Share same time with Nigeria
Cairo +1 Hour Ahead of Nigeria by 1 hour
Johannesburg +1 Hour Ahead of Nigeria by 1 hour
Istanbul +2 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 2 hours
Moscow +2 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 2 hours
Dubai +3 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 3 hours
Mumbai +4.5 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 4.5 hours
Hong Kong +7 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 7 hours
Shanghai +7 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 7 hours
Singapore +7 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 7 hours
Tokyo +8 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 8 hours
Sydney +10 Hours Ahead of Nigeria by 10 hours

African Countries that Have Same Time Zone as Nigeria

Nigeria's standard meridian of West Africa Time is located at the 15th meridian east. It shares WAT with ten other countries in Africa.

  1. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  2. Angola
  3. Benin
  4. Cameroon
  5. Central African Republic
  6. Chad
  7. Republic of the Congo
  8. Equatorial Guinea
  9. Gabon
  10. Niger

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Get to Know Nigeria

Brief fact about Nigeria

The international country calling code is +234. Nigeria City Area Telephone Codes for fixed line are:

  • +234 1 Lagos
  • +234 9 Abuja
  • +234 2 Ibadan
  • +234 62 Kaduna
  • +234 64 Kano
  • +234 84 Port Harcourt

But for mobile just add 234 with the mobile line number without the first zero.

Nigeria world clock online is developed for Nigerians abroad and citizens of other nations of the world who care to know today's date, hour, minute and second in Nigeria.

Nigeria being one of the most populous countries in the world has her citizens spread abroad. Nearly in all the nations of the world, Nigerians are found and this Nigeria world live watch web page is put together for them to know the date and time back at Naija anytime they care.



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Nigeria Calender and Holiday

Nigeria share Gregorian calendar with the rest of the world except countries like Taiwan, North Korea, Japan and Thailand that are using modified form of the calendar. They use the Minguo calendar, the North Korean Calendar, the Japanese Calendar and the Thai solar calendar, respectively.

Ethiopia uses Coptic calendar which make it to be 7 years behind the rest of the world.

Igbo Calendar

The Igbo calendar (called Ògụ́àfọ̀ Ị̀gbò) is the traditional calendar system of the Igbo people in Nigeria. The calendar has 13 months in a year, 7 weeks in a month, and 4 days of Igbo market days. The market days are afor, nkwo, eke, and orie in a week plus an extra day at the end of the year.

Here are the holidays in Nigeria:

Date Holiday Type
1 Jan New Year Day Nation Wide
2 Jan New Year's Day Off Nation Wide
Moving Date Good Friday Nation Wide
Moving Date Easter Sunday Nation Wide
Moving Date Easter Monday Nation Wide
Moving Date Id el Fitr Nation Wide
Worker's Day Workers' Day Nation Wide
27 May Children's Day (Schools Only) Nation Wide
29 May Presidential Inauguration Nation Wide
12 June Democracy Day Nation Wide
Moving Date Id el Kabir Nation Wide
Moving Date Id el Maulud Nation Wide
1 Oct Independence Day Nation Wide
25 Dec Christmas Nation Wide
26 Dec Boxing Day Nation Wide