From the cities of Cranfield, Norwich, Oxford, Guildford, Nottingham and Cardiff, Nigerian Chevening Scholars travelled to join their colleagues in London to visit the Nigerian High Commissioner.
The light rain shower did not deter them from seizing the opportunity to step foot on the primary place in the United Kingdom that represents Nigerian soil, the Nigeria High Commission.
The meeting was initiated and arranged by the versatile Chevening Scholars’ Representative, Joseph Chibuzor Ihedoro Mbakwe (Msc student, Water Engineering, Brunel University London ).
The scholars were received by the Nigerian High Commissioner’s representative, Ambassador Adamu Shuaib (Head of Consular, Welfare, and Education of the Nigerian High Commission to the United Kingdom).
An introductory speech was given by the Scholars’ representative, Joseph, who introduced the scholars and highlighted the projects some of them are doing. He emphasized the need for them to be given an opportunity to make greater impact with their work especially as the baton of leadership of Nigeria changes hands. He extolled the importance of relationships as exemplified by the UK-Nigeria relations that culminated in the scholars benefitting from the Chevening Scholarship.
Some scholars spoke on various projects they were doing noting the capacity to scale up their work for better impact.Donate
In his response, Ambassador Shuaib welcomed the scholars and regaled them with instances of where impact would be felt most with examples from other countries. He gave his word on providing opportunities for networking and other helpful aids that will position the scholars for collaboration and scaling up of their work.
Other dignitaries present at the event were Dr. Sam Jenfa, Founder and Chairman of SOWENON,
Hon. Al-Jaafaru M. Braimoh, (CE0 and Founder of African British Consulting Limited, United Kingdom) and Hon.Kemi Omole, Executive Director African British Consulting Limited, United Kingdom.
The event concluded with group photographs and serving of sumptuous Nigerian dishes which brought back good memories of home.