Tuesday, 29th June 2021: The United States Consulate General has said it inaugurated two new centres in Enugu and Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The effort, it noted, was aimed at engaging more Nigerian audience.
There are 13 American centres in Southern Nigeria.
A statement on Monday by the US Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Ibelli, indicated that the two centres would be hosted by the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, and the Glass House, Airport Road, Benin City.
Ibelli pointed out that workers at the new centres would host specific programmes to promote US higher education and highlight aspects of American culture through movie screenings, book discussion clubs, digital video conferences, speaker events and exhibitions.
Ibelli stated that the Enugu and Benin windows on America were representing a partnership between the US Mission, the University of Nigeria and the Igbinedion University.
“We are delighted that these two new windows on America will offer even more opportunities to the youth in Enugu, Benin City, and beyond to discover the US 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 noted.
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Igwe, commended the US Mission for the partnership.
Also, the Vice-Chancellor of the Igbinedion University, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu-Ezemonye, expressed optimism that the initiative would encourage cross-cultural collaboration between young Nigerians and their counterparts in the US.