As part of efforts to engage more Nigerian audiences in their local communities, the U.S. Consulate General in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo has inaugurated two new windows on America in Enugu and Benin City.
According to her, the two new windows will offer a full calendar of innovative and life changing educational and cultural programmes with the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and Glass House, Airport Road, Benin City as the hosts.
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In a statement signed by the Information Specialist, Public Affairs Section (PAS) Temitayo Famutimi, the U.S. Consulate General Staff at the new centres will host specific programmes to promote U.S. higher education and highlight aspects of American culture through movie screenings, book discussion clubs, digital video conferences, speaker events, and themed exhibitions.
U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Ibelli explained that the Enugu and Benin windows on America represent a partnership between the U.S. Mission, the University of Nigeria and the Igbinedion University.
Ibelli noted that the windows on America would serve as a community centre where young people develop their ideas, as well as their leadership and entrepreneurship skills through programmes and workshops designed especially for them.
“We are delighted that these two new windows on America will offer even more opportunities to the youths in Enugu, Benin City, and beyond to discover the U.S. as they prepare for their futures.
“We hope that this will be a fun and energetic programming space where our two cultures and countries can blend together, and where we will welcome youths and people from underserved communities to learn more about the United States,” Ibelli said.
Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Professor Charles Igwe, thanked the U.S. Mission for the partnership that culminated in the establishment of the Enugu Window on America at the university.
According to him, the centre will provide an opportunity for young Nigerians to engage in meaningful and informative dialogues aimed at developing solutions to challenges in their local communities.
On his part, Vice Chancellor of the Igbinedion University, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu-Ezemonye, expressed optimism that the Benin City Window on America will encourage cross cultural collaboration between young Nigerians and their counterparts in the United States.
“This partnership represents a strategic collaboration aimed at bolstering cultural integration, education and skills acquisition for the young people of Edo State,” he said.
To connect young Nigerians with opportunities in the United States, the U.S. Consulate General has established five new Windows on America in major cities within its consular district. In addition to Benin City and Enugu, the new Windows on America are located in Lekki, Awka, and Uyo.