1.      Education – Primary, Secondary, Vocational and Tertiary. Nigeria has a shortage of educational institutions particularly at the tertiary levels. Various opportunities exists for investors in education to set up educational institutions in any tier of education.

2.      Transportation: Vast opportunites exist in this area either in road haulage, passenger transport, development of rail track and lighter rail, cargo air, chartered flights, helicopter services, passenger air carriers, shipping and maritime operations.

3.      Telecommunications – Nigeria’s telecommunications sector is one of the fastest growing in the world. There are still vast opportunities as a provider or telecommunications services either as a GSM operator or as a CDMA operator. You may also invest as a provider of services, equipment and infrastructure to the telecoms sector

4.      Broadcasting – Private broadcasting has existed in Nigeria for over ten years and growing. Opportunities exist in Television broadcasting, radio, cable and internet broadcasting.

5.      Publishing – You may invest in newspaper publishing, special publications or in book publishing. Most of the states in Nigeria lack any publishing firms and the Governments of those states seek investors into this vital aspect of their economy and education.

6.      Manufacturing – The federal and State Governments are presently promoting investment in manufacturing with many incentives. Some states are willing to give free land and tax holidays to manufacturers. The opportunities here are limitless as the county needs computer manufacturers, paper manufacturing, hardware, food products, drugs and pharmaceuticals, agro processors, cement manufacturers, textiles, stationery manufacturers, electronics manufacturers, etc.

7.      Solid Minerals (see the list of available solid minerals below). Nigeria has a fast stock of untapped mineral resources begging for investors. The Federal ministry of solid minerals and the Nigeria Investment promotion Council invites you to waste no time in investing in this sector. Just take your pick.

8.      Construction – Construction and building companies are needed.

9.      Housing – with growing population and urbanization the need for more houses are apparent. Opportunities exist in office accommodation, shopping plazas and residential properties. The market here is growing and currently one of the most profitable sectors in the country.

10.  Banking and Finance – Opportunities exist in Commercial Banking (with a start-up capital of N10 billion  i.e. about $65 million @ N155/$). You can also invest in mortgage banking (with N5 billion start up capital i.e. $33 million) or in Microfinance banking with a minimum start up capital of N20 million, i.e. $129,000. There are also opportunities in Insurance with N5 billion start-up capital and in stock broking, capital market operations and insurance brokerage.

11.  Car manufacturing – Nigeria is in need of vehicle manufacturing and assembly plants. There is ample land, human capital and growing market.

12.  Agriculture - Agricultural products include groundnuts, palm oil, cocoa, coconut, citrus fruits, maize, millet, cassava, yams and sugar cane. You can invest into primary agriculture as a farmer or as a processor of agricultural produce adding value to the products.

13.  Importation: Nigeria’s imports are in the region of $14.54billion USD. Import commodities include machinery, chemicals, transport, equipment, manufactured goods and live animals.

14.  Exports: In recent times, focus is being directed at non oil exports and agriculture, which presently accounts for 30% of the GDP, to diversify the economic base. Opportunities exist for the exploitation and export of natural gas, bitumen, limestone, coal, tin, columbite, gold, silver, lead-zinc, gypsum, glass sands, clays, asbestos, graphite, and iron ore, among others.

15.  Petroleum: Nigeria is a leading petroleum producer and exporter. It is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter. Nigeria also has one of the world's largest proven natural gas and petroleum reserves and is a founding member of OPEC. The opportunities here are boundless.