Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has launched a scholarship programme for Nigerian women to study at Nexford, an American university.
Ezekwesili recently joined the Global Advisory Board of Nexford University and also launched its scholarship programme named after her for Nigerian women to study in the next generation American higher institution. The board is made up of leading academics and practitioners who help guide Nexford’s ambitious global higher education programme.
She said: “More work must go into widening access and opportunities for women to level the gender playing field. I believe Nexford scholarships will empower more women to study for degrees and equip future leaders with the skills they need to shape our society.
“I hope recipients of the scholarship have a multiplier effect and encourage learners from any socio-economic background to earn degrees. I look forward to strong academic partnerships and research collaboration between Nexford and our Nigerian universities in furtherance of global competitiveness of our country.”
The Chief Executive Officer, Nexford, Fadl Al Tarzi, said: “Africa’s most populous country is one of Nexford’s key markets. A college degree will boost earnings by more than 20 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Economist’s analysis of World Bank Data. By bringing globally affordable, high-qualitative education to Nigeria we hope to play our part in spurring economic mobility.”
Miss Olamidun Majekodunmi, Country Manager, Nexford Nigeria, said: “We have made the strategic decision to align with mission-driven partners and supporters. Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili will bring unique and relevant insights to the board.”