Lagos, 26 January 2024 (TDI): The US unveils a new American Corner in Lagos, Nigeria. The US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday on an African trip. The purpose is to strengthen US-Nigerian diplomatic and security ties.
The US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken wrote, “Great to be here in Lagos to open the New American Corner. I hope this state-of-the-art facility will empower even more young Nigerians to harness their innovative ideas, grow their businesses, and advance STEM education and career prospects.”
Reportedly, the American Corner serves as a regional source center for information and programs that highlight American culture, history, current events, and the government.
Furthermore, the Secretary also wrote, “Lagos has a well-deserved reputation as a tech and innovation hub.” Moreover, he added, “The entrepreneurs in Lagos are unleashing their creative potential to solve big problems and make a positive impact in their communities and the world.”
The US-Nigeria are countries that are working together to combat the climate crisis, develop artificial intelligence, and accelerate inclusive economic growth. According to sources, Nigeria has more American spaces than any other African country. In addition, there are 24 locations of US spaces in 21 cities along with 4400 programs reaching 100,000 Nigerians every year.
The Secretary of State emphasized that the US recognizes Nigeria’s strategic importance. The geopolitical landscape of Sahel has recently faced turbulence with neighboring Niger experiencing a military coup in 2023.
Secretary Blinken met with Nigerian President Bola Tinubu and discussed security challenges along with democracy in the region. Moreover, Secretary Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Yusuf Maitama Tuggar were at a Joint Press Availability.
The US iterated that both countries are working and collaborating to support the development of and use of artificial intelligence for good including 30 other Atlantic countries.