The United States’ Mission in Nigeria has open an American Corner in Ikeja, the Lagos State capital.
Located within the former Concord Newspapers premises on Airport road,
the American Corner Ikeja, is the newest of the 19 American Spaces in Nigeria and the 4th in Lagos State.
In her remarks during the grand opening, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Marybeth Leonard reiterated the American government’s commitment to investing in the Nigerian people through the “three E’s” Engagement, Education and Empowerment, thereby promoting mutual understanding between the people of Nigeria and the United States.
Ambassador Leornard urged Nigerians in Lagos to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available at the American Corner.
“The American spaces empower individuals, especially future leaders to face the challenges of today and to build the Nigeria of tomorrow. For emerging leaders, this corner can be a space to develop your ideas, your leadership and your entrepreneurship skills through variety and professing workshops. For those who are interested insbthfying in the United States, there are resources in this space that can help you make that dream come true. Please take advantage of all that this space has to offer” she said
In a goodwill message, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu noted that the American Government has been playing a pivotal role in the growth of Nigeria and building bridges between both Countries through its various Programmes and Trainings.
The Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs Solape Hammond noted that available opportunities at the American Corner would further complement his adminstration’s development agenda.
The Governor said: “We therefore expect that this facility, which is open to citizens to explore American society, culture, policy, politics, literature and business, will complement our own efforts to enhance the development of innovative ideas, while serving as a creative hub for journalists, academics, business, civic organisations, teachers, students, government officials and others”
The new American Corner comprises a maker space, a tech area designed to promote digital skill building as well as a workshop space equipped with the latest laptops and tablets for learning.
It also has a conversation space for small group meetings and research and a meeting space that supports innovation and creative collaboration, film shows and a wide array of programmes and all resources at the corner are free.