Nigeria with a population of over 214,000,000 stands as the most populous black country in the world.
It therefore comes as no surprise that there are a lot of Nigerian students and graduates in various universities and institutions across the globe making the country proud.
Let us take a look at statistics so you’ll really understand what we are talking about here. According to the United States Census Bureau 4% of Nigerians hold a PHD compared to 1% of the general United States population, 17% hold a Masters degree and 37% have Bachelors degree.
The Migration Policy Institute shows that 29% of Nigerian Americans have graduate degrees compared to 11% for the overall American Population and a minimum of 4% of Nigerian Americans are PHD holders which is at least three times higher than any other ethnic group in the United States.
Currently more than 70% of black doctors in the United States are Nigerians.
There is no better way to sum it up than with this Data from Rytes University Texas, which shows that Nigerian Americans are the most educated ethnic group in the United States.
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With all these, you can clearly see why Nigerians in the US do very well in the various positions that they occupy across different professional fields in the US.
It is without a doubt that good education is taken very seriously by Nigerians and this has paid off quite well seeing that they occupy top positions in various establishments and organizations in the United States.
If you are already blown away by the statistics that we provided above, then you better tighten your seat belt because you are in for more.
Some Nigerian Graduates in Top Positions Across Sectors
Let us take a look at Adewale Adeyemo is a Nigerian who got his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. In 2009, he went on to get a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School.
And now to the good part, under the administration of President Barack Obama Adewale held the position of United States Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics from 2015 to 2016. Not just that, he became the 15th US Deputy Secretary of Treasury.
Next is Lazarus Angbazo who for his master’s degree, studied Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of Iowa. He proceeded to get a PhD in Corporate Finance at New York University.
He then became the president and CEO of General Electric in Nigeria. With all his qualifications, it came as no surprise that he increased revenues to more than US$1 billion in 2012.
There is also Yinka Faleti who studied human factors engineering at the US Military Academy. He graduated in 1998 and in 2007 got his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Washington University School of Law.
He served two tours in the US Army for Operation Desert Spring and Operation Enduring Freedom. He then contested for Missouri Secretary of State in the 2020 elections.
These are just a few out of the many successful and applaudable stories of Nigerians in the United States.
Nigerians Are The Largest Student Group from Africa
According to Stephen Ibelli who is the US Consulate Public Affairs Officer in Lagos, about 14,000 Nigerians have gotten admissions in various universities in the United States.
OpenDoors has it that Nigerians are the largest student group coming from an African nation. They also hold the position of the being the 10th largest in the world.
United States Scholarships and Financial Aid for Nigerian Students
OpenDoors also stated that Nigerian students who took advantage of EducationUSA Nigeria services got about US$28 million in scholarships and financial aid in the 2021 academic year alone.
This shows the great drive and dedication that they have towards attaining the very best when it comes to education.
For instance, Ekene Ezeunala who is one of the 2021 Opportunity Fund Programme scholars was awarded a full scholarship. He is to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Columbia in New York.
While thanking EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Programme, he stated that he was overwhelmed by the resources and opportunities that he now has access to.