U.S. opens innovation hub in Nigeria
United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, on Monday opened an innovation hub in Lagos. The hub is called Window on America in Nigeria.
The hub is designed for young people to develop ideas, leadership and entrepreneurship skills through programs and workshop.
Ms. Leonard discloses that the new window is a partnership between the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos and Slum2School Africa program, founded by Otto Orondaam, a 2016 alumnus of the U.S government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship, noting the program is open for everyone rending free services to public.
Peoples Gazette learnt the window will accept everyone including students, teachers, entrepreneurs, academics, journalists, civic organizations, government officials, and community leaders in addition to many others.
“In the next few months, we will follow with six additional new Windows on America in the south and 12 across the country. We want our Windows on America to promote mutual understanding between the United States and the people of Nigeria.”
In addition to providing public programming space, the Lekki Window on America will support five core programs: English language learning, educational advising, alumni activities, cultural programs, and information about the U.S.
Windows on America are American Spaces that provide welcoming environments where visitors can learn about the United States, including its government, and electronic resources provided by the U.S. Government.
“12 more windows will be opened in major cities across the country, including Abeokuta, Awka, Benin City, Enugu, Osogbo, Uyo, Zaria, Minna, Dutse, Makurdi, Gombe and Lafia, in order to engage more Nigerian audiences in their local communities”, Ms. Leonard said.
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