The US Consulate launched the America Corner in Lagos on Saturday, to serve as a multifunctional space for young Nigerians to develop their ideas and explore their creativity and entrepreneurial skills.
The new America Corner is located in the former Concord newspaper premises, Airport Road Ikeja, Lagos State.
The Corner will be open free of charge to Lagosians from Monday to Friday.
Speaking at the ceremony, US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard said the opening of America’s Corner in Lagos is a culture exchange between Nigeria and the United States.
The Ambassador welcomed the partnership with Venture Garden Group, which hosts the new American Corner.
She noted that the America Corner is a unique space that provides free learning to young Lagosians.
“An important aspect of American foreign policy, and a cornerstone of my leadership of the American mission in Nigeria, is investing in people,” Ms. Leonard said at the inauguration ceremony.
“The new American Corner Ikeja will function as a center where young people will develop their ideas, as well as their leadership and entrepreneurial skills through programs and workshops.
“Lagos is a city of industry, entrepreneurship and learning. It is great that the American Corner is helping to bring the people of Nigeria and the United States together,” she added.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s special adviser on the SDGs, Solape Hammond, said the state is developing Africa’s largest technological and entrepreneurial space for young people to take advantage of.
Ms. Hammond represented Mr. Sanwo-Olu at the event.
“American Corner Ikeja will go a long way in complementing the efforts of the Lagos State Government, especially in the broad areas of promoting education and technological learning,” she added.
Bunmi Akinyemiju, co-founder of Venture Garden Group, said America’s Corner would empower young Nigerians and elevate their entrepreneurial spirit.
“The American Corner Ikeja directly advances one of our commitments to add value to Nigeria’s efforts to develop and support an education system that will unleash the expertise, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial capacity of young Nigerians. “, Mr. Akinyemiju said.
Additionally, another co-founder, Kunmi Demuren, said the US Consulate’s partnership with the technology group has been mutually beneficial.
“We are thrilled that this new corner of America will provide even more opportunities for young people to learn about the United States as they prepare for their future,” Mr. Demuren said.
The American Corner Ikeja is a technological environment designed to promote digital skills among young people and provide a well-equipped workshop space for learning.
The Corner offers conversation clubs, discussion groups, virtual programs, film screenings on various topics, and STEM learning activities such as robotics and drone technology.
American Spaces is home to more than 9,000 U.S. Government alumni who aim to give back to their local communities through programs at The Corners.