The UK government says it has awarded scholarships to 50 Nigerians to study in London through its Chevening Scholarship Programme.
Boma Amieyeofori, Chevening Programme and Communication Officer in Nigeria, disclosed this during the pre-departure event held for 2021/2022 Chevening scholars in Lagos.
Mr Amieyeofori explained that the scholars would be fully funded in their various scholarships programmes in the UK, where they would get world-class education to come back to Nigeria to make an impact.
“We had over 8000 Nigerians who applied for the scholarship, and 50 scholars were selected, which includes 5 people with disabilities,” said Mr Amieyeofori. “It is extremely important that people with disabilities are selected because the UK always have them in mind, and they are top priorities in all ramifications.”
She noted that Chevening had over 50,000 alumni globally, which helps in networking.
Ben Llewelyn-Jones, British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, urged the scholars to take advantage of the opportunity.
“I urge all the scholars to make use of this opportunity and ensure that when they are back into the country, they can impact positively and make the change that is required,” said Mr Llewelyn-Jones.
John Momoh, Channels TV owner, urged the scholars use the opportunity to proffer solutions to Nigeria’s problems.
“Go there and be your best and make the UK, your university, and the one year that you spend there should be used to impact your life and make it special,” said Mr Momoh. “It should also be used to fathom solutions to the problem Nigeria is facing because the country needs problem solvers, and you can be one of them.”