More Nigerians studying in America – U.S Consul

There are more Nigerians studying in the
United States than from any other African
country, the American Consul General, Jeff
Hawkins has said.
Speaking on the ties between Nigeria and the
U.S, Hawkins said: “about 7,000 Nigerian
students are studying in the country.”
This, he said, among other exchange
programmes, shows Nigeria and the U.S share
deep diplomatic ties that the Consulate General
Office would continue to encourage.
Aside educational exchange, art promotion,
according to him, is another area in which the
US is building cultural bridges with Nigeria.
He made the statements on Wednesday at his
residence where he hosted American artist,
Prof. Mimi Wolford, whose parents once
served as U.S diplomats in Nigeria and some
Nigerian young artists.
While observing that art is a major
communication tool for peace, Hawkins said,
bringing the American artist to Nigeria to meet
with the art community and students, in
addition to showcasing the works of young
artists is geared towards building cultural
bridges between the two countries.
He urged Nigerian politicians and elite to
borrow a leaf from Prof. Wolford and her
parents, who, during their stay in the country
involved hugely in the exhibition of Osogbo art

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