By Vera Samuel Anyagafu and Prisca Sam-Duru
No fewer than a hundred students who graduated from different secondary schools in Nigeria are ready to depart the country to attend various universities in the USA.
Some of the students have scholarships to attend prestigious universities like Harvard, MIT, Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of California at Berkley and Tufts University.
At a pre-departure orientation programme organised by the EducationUSA Department with the theme; Educating Nigeria’ s Future Leaders, US Public Diplomacy Officer, Rhonda Watson advised the students to make good use of every available opportunity while studying in US so as to become the future leaders Nigerians desire.
According to her, “EducationUSA encourages young Nigerians interested in studying in the US to take advantage of the services they offer at the US Embassy in Abuja and the US Consulate-General in Lagos,” adding that their departure to study in various US universities is a life time opportunity that will create a huge change on their country’s needs if only they will utilise it judiciously.
The pre-departure event also had some EducationUSA alumni such as Olubusola Olukoya, Sheila Chukwulozie and Victor Babatunde, who are currently studying at some of the most prestigious universities in the US, speaking on a range of topics including succeeding as undergraduate and graduate students as well as the need to return to Nigeria to contribute to nation-building.