Why Nigerians Are The Most Successful Immigrants In The US

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Nigerians are some of the most enterprising people in the world. There’s hardly a country on earth that you would not find a Nigerian living in. Yes, even the least popular countries probably host one or two Nigerians. Nigerians have the highest number of people looking to migrate to another country than any other nationality. According to pewresearch.org, a 2018 research conducted showed that 45% of the adult population plans to leave the country within the next 5 years.

Due to its stable economy and huge opportunities, the United States attracts a lot of immigrants from countries all over the world. This in addition to good media representation makes it a coveted country among Nigerians looking to emigrate. According to migrationpolicy.org, there are said to be about 376,000 Nigerian immigrants living in the US. Despite the challenges with regards to race and inequality in the US, Nigerian immigrants remain the most successful African immigrants in the country. Here are some of the attributes that may be responsible for this success;

Tenacity: This is a key attribute a lot of Nigerian possesses. The determination to thrive stands firm in the center of everything we do. Nigerians believe that they will be successful regardless of the odds against them.

Enabling Environment: Though there are tons of opportunities in Nigeria, however, a lot of people, especially business owners can attest to the fact that the country still has a long way to go in developing its infrastructure and creating an enabling environment that will catapult the country into becoming developed. The US on the other hand has an enabling environment that allows citizens to succeed hence the reason why a lot of Nigerians do well when they migrate there.

Strong Emphasis on Education: Nigerians are perhaps the most educated black people in the world. In 2016, about six in ten Nigerians had at least a bachelor’s degree or more degrees (pewresearch.org). This can be attributed to the strong belief that with education, you can achieve anything. Whether this is genuinely the case or not, we can say for sure that it may have a connection to the success rate amongst the Nigerian-American community. Nigerian-Americans can be found trailblazing in fields like medicine, science, law, engineering and entertainment to name a few.

What else would you say is responsible for Nigerians being successful in the US or any other country? Please share your thoughts!

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