Nigerian-Americans are currently one of the country’s most successful immigrant communities, with a median household income of $62,351, compared to $57,617 nationally.
According to the Migrations Policy Institute:
– 29% of Nigerian-Americans over the age of 25 hold a graduate degree, compared to 11% of the overall U.S. population, .
– 45% work in education services with several others being professors at some of the top universities.
– Nigerian-Americans are also increasingly entering into entrepreneurship and building tech companies in the US.
– On the medical field, you will find them there too.
The over 376,000 Nigerian-American population has also produced some of the ‘firsts’ in America:
– forensic pathologist Dr Bennet Omalu, was the first to discover and publish on chronic traumatic encephalopathy in American football players.
– Pearlena Igbokwe, the first woman of African descent to head a major U.S. TV studio.
– ImeIme A. Umana, the first Black woman elected president of the Harvard Law Review.
So how did these Nigerians outshining citizens from their host country?
In the 1960s many students were given scholarships by the Nigerian government to pursue higher studies in the States.
These students performed well and furthered their education before becoming professionals in their various fields.
They valued education and passed this on to their children, and the result is what is being observed now.
It did help that the US is the land of many opportunities, they had to drive to pursue it.
From: Face 2 Face Africa
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