14,000 Nigerians studying in American universities: Official

The U.S. embassy official said this figure was because “Nigerians believe in strong education.”


U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli

The United States Consulate in Nigeria says no fewer than 14,000 Nigerians are currently studying in American universities.

“Indeed, we have almost 14,000 Nigerians studying in America and this is not by accident,” according to Stephen Ibelli, the public affairs officer of the consulate in Lagos.

Mr Ibelli said the number of Nigerians studying in America was an indication of how Nigerians value strong education.

“This is because Nigerians and Nigerian families believe in strong education. They push their kids to a strong education. American universities offer world-class education,” he said.

The consulate spokesperson disclosed this on Tuesday at the inauguration of the “Window on America” centre located at the Osun University Teaching Hospital, Oshogbo.

The “Window on America” is an initiative of the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Lagos, which provides the public free access to connect and learn about the United States through programmes and lectures, as well as through books, movies, and magazines.


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