Nigerians- Most Educated In U.S

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NTB

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May 20, 2008, 2:11AM
BACHELOR'S AND BEYOND
In America, Nigerians' education pursuit is above rest
Whether driven by immigration or family, data show more earn degrees

By LESLIE CASIMIR
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle


For Woodlands resident David Olowokere, one of Nigeria's sons, having a master's degree in engineering just wasn't enough for his people back home. So he got a doctorate.

His wife, Shalewa Olowokere, a civil engineer, didn't stop at a bachelor's, either. She went for her master's.

The same obsession with education runs in the Udeh household in Sugar Land. Foluke Udeh and her husband, Nduka, both have master's degrees. Anything less, she reckons, would have amounted to failure.

"If you see an average Nigerian family, everybody has a college degree these days," said Udeh, 32, a physical therapist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. "But a post-graduate degree, that's like pride for the family."

Nigerian immigrants have the highest levels of education in this city and the nation, surpassing whites and Asians, according to Census data bolstered by an analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys conducted by Rice University.

Although they make up a tiny portion of the U.S. population, a whopping 17 percent of all Nigerians in this country held master's degrees while 4 percent had a doctorate, according to the 2006 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 37 percent had bachelor's degrees.

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mealone

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May 20, 2008, 2:11AM
BACHELOR'S AND BEYOND
In America, Nigerians' education pursuit is above rest
Whether driven by immigration or family, data show more earn degrees

By LESLIE CASIMIR
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle


For Woodlands resident David Olowokere, one of Nigeria's sons, having a master's degree in engineering just wasn't enough for his people back home. So he got a doctorate.

His wife, Shalewa Olowokere, a civil engineer, didn't stop at a bachelor's, either. She went for her master's.

The same obsession with education runs in the Udeh household in Sugar Land. Foluke Udeh and her husband, Nduka, both have master's degrees. Anything less, she reckons, would have amounted to failure.

"If you see an average Nigerian family, everybody has a college degree these days," said Udeh, 32, a physical therapist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. "But a post-graduate degree, that's like pride for the family."


Nigerian immigrants have the highest levels of education in this city and the nation, surpassing whites and Asians, according to Census data bolstered by an analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys conducted by Rice University.

Although they make up a tiny portion of the U.S. population, a whopping 17 percent of all Nigerians in this country held master's degrees while 4 percent had a doctorate, according to the 2006 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 37 percent had bachelor's degrees.

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na wah o, foluke don enter news be that,foluke and her sis are family friends she and her hubby lives in houston.
 

Abike

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Oh Wow...I stopped reading at the fourth one!!!! Its those kind of never ending debates/arguments....everyone will always have their own view point....
 
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filmdirector

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If you continue reading the comments you will find that a lot of people come to the defense and praise of Nigerians and the haters get silenced. You also find that the underlining cause of all that backlash is fear and jealousy.
In fact most people know we are very smart.
Nigeria will become a strong nation. I truly believe that.
 

Aust_nne

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Thats absolutely amazing...I am a proud Nigerian both in my field of work and in the country I live in because they make me sooo proud....I've never come across a bundle of intellects than I have in these two sectors.
 

Irinajoeda

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...and where is the money to show for a lot of these degrees and doctorates? Nigeria is still a third world country! How many of these people who hold degrees actually practice in their field of study?

I really don't understand this pursuit of degrees when a lot of times, they really don't make much difference - most especially in Nigeria!

We are just education junkies! How many of these so called professionals have actually invented something, anything! We obtain all these degrees yet we are very poor in management!

Nevermind that you wouldn't really practise as an Engineer, so long you fulfil mum and dad's wishes, it's all fine. Nevermind that your passion is really in hairdressing or fashion. Tell me the essence of spending all those years in the university, then. Is it to keep up with the jones' or to enter the US stats as the most educated in the country? I wonder, I just wonder! Despite all these degrees, our name is still synonymous to fraud, child trafficking and all sorts! What do we plan on doing about that? I know, get another doctorate, that's what!
 

Aust_nne

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...and where is the money to show for a lot of these degrees and doctorates? Nigeria is still a third world country! How many of these people who hold degrees actually practice in their field of study?

I really don't understand this pursuit of degrees when a lot of times, they really don't make much difference - most especially in Nigeria!

We are just education junkies! How many of these so called professionals have actually invented something, anything! We obtain all these degrees yet we are very poor in management!

Nevermind that you wouldn't really practise as an Engineer, so long you fulfil mum and dad's wishes, it's all fine. Nevermind that your passion is really in hairdressing or fashion. Tell me the essence of spending all those years in the university, then. Is it to keep up with the jones' or to enter the US stats as the most educated in the country? I wonder, I just wonder! Despite all these degrees, our name is still synonymous to fraud, child trafficking and all sorts! What do we plan on doing about that? I know, get another doctorate, that's what!
N'ever mind...education is still power...we didnt drop out of school at 14 to work at Mac Donald and thinking that Africa is a country and India is a continent of its own...in a land where opportunities are shortened because of your skin colour, your place of birth, stereotypes & where you obtained your first degree from...Nigerians are doing just fine.

Seriously, how many people around the WORLD are really practicing what they studied, with or without parents influence....how could one know at 16 that sitting on the computer designing the handle of a airplane in the shadow of being an engineer could be their passion.
 

Irinajoeda

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N'ever mind...education is still power...we didnt drop out of school at 14 to work at Mac Donald and thinking that Africa is a country and India is a continent of its own...in a land where opportunities are shortened because of your skin colour, your place of birth, stereotypes & where you obtained your first degree from...Nigerians are doing just fine.
It's this kind of sweeping, condescending, pompous and holier than thou attitude that turns me off Nigerians! What makes you think you're better than these people? Because you have a degree from an American university? Africans and their silly prides! I wonder!

You talk as if there aren't Nigerians in Nigeria who has this same mentality! If it's not the government who don't provide jobs, it's the fault of their uncle who didn't pay their school fees or it's Nepa that deprived them light to study for their SSCE exams! Come on!

Don't trivialise the struggles these group of people have had to face. If their fore-fathers hadn't paved the way, you wouldn't have been able to take advantage of the education you boast of now that makes you suddenly feel that you are better than them.

You say not many people practise their course of study. Why then at all do you bother to go to university? Is it a status thing to you? Is it to say you also passed through college? Does having an education suddenly make you more intelligent that one who doesn't? I thought studying a particular course makes you knowledgeable in that particular study? Not so?
 

The Maverick

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...and where is the money to show for a lot of these degrees and doctorates? Nigeria is still a third world country! How many of these people who hold degrees actually practice in their field of study?

I really don't understand this pursuit of degrees when a lot of times, they really don't make much difference - most especially in Nigeria!

We are just education junkies! How many of these so called professionals have actually invented something, anything! We obtain all these degrees yet we are very poor in management!

Nevermind that you wouldn't really practise as an Engineer, so long you fulfil mum and dad's wishes, it's all fine. Nevermind that your passion is really in hairdressing or fashion. Tell me the essence of spending all those years in the university, then. Is it to keep up with the jones' or to enter the US stats as the most educated in the country? I wonder, I just wonder! Despite all these degrees, our name is still synonymous to fraud, child trafficking and all sorts! What do we plan on doing about that? I know, get another doctorate, that's what!
I beg to differ. The reality of the situation is quite vivid if you know where to look. A lot of Nigerians do work in their field of study and do excel despite the odds stacked against them. Our name is synonymous with fraud and scams because that's what the western media care to portray us as, and it's unfortunate that it's beginning to sink in and becoming the accepted norm. Are you telling me that 140 million souls wake up every morning to scam someone? We have a very minute population that are involved in these scams, does that give them the right to throw us all in that box. Do you know how hard it is for Nigerians to start and succeed in anything especially business because of this stereotype? But they're doing so and fighting the uphill battle daily. Do you think if the media were reporting on such positive news over the years that we'll have this stigma? No, but they hold on to the negatives and milk it for it's worth. No one reports on the atrocities that Americans and Europeans do. There are more Americans doing scams than all the African scammers combined. Who do you think we learned it from? They're just mad we're beating them at their game and using it against them. Not that it's a good thing but that's the truth. Nigeria can't even began to compete with practically all the Asian countries when it comes to crime, but no one generalizes them as such.

Inventions you ask?...of course you won't hear about them much because our government, yes it's the governments fault, doesn't support them. A Nigerian is on the verge of discovering a cure of Diabetes, based on research he's conducting with bitter leaves at the University of Benin, but does he get any support or grant, NO. Tomorrow a pharmaceutical company will snatch him up and that will be the end of that, and the credit goes to them. A Nigerian had designed an economical and affordable automobile that was checked and approved by the world automobile governing body, but how dare an Igbo man come up with such a thing Abacha thought, that was the end of that. But have you heard of Tatar Motors in India? The guy is doing exactly the same thing a Nigerian could have been doing...$2000 cars, CNN won't report that. They won't tell you that one of the top surgeons in Mexico is a Nigeria, or that some of the best doctors(not just black, but the best over all) in the US are Nigerians. They won't tell you that almost 78% of all black doctors in America are Africans or from Black nation, and that more than 65% of those are Nigerians or of Nigerian heritage. I can assure you that there are plenty of Nigerians on the forefront of new inventions and technology that you won't and probably will never hear about, why report on them, they probably scammed their ways into the degrees anyway. Inventions? CHECK!

The degrees do make a difference, especially in Nigeria. Perhaps it's not apparent now. But those degrees are giving a lot of people opportunities to escape the harsh realities our beloved country. Those degrees will bring them back when the time is right. Those degrees educate the upcoming generations that will make the difference in the future. So what should they do, sit at home doing nothing, then have a generation of nitwits? Check the US history and see where they were when they were 48 years old...ok, they had progressed a bit, but on who's account? Slaves(West Africans including Nigerians), Indians, Mexicans and Chinese blood, sweat and tears, we don't have that luxury, in fact, we're still recovering from the looting and blundering of our resources. Tomorrow the degree will make a difference. If it wasn't for that pursuit of those degrees, my father won't have come to America in the first place to get his bachelors, masters and PhD. Which means I won't have been born here and might not have had access to the kind of schools I attended...

Speaking of Engineering, I actually have an engineering degree in Electrical engineering and I do work in that field and I know many others like myself. Does it make a difference? Yes it makes a difference. I might not be inventing the next internet, but what I do keeps a roof over my head, puts food in my stomach, and gives me a little to send back home every now and then. That's a HUGE difference to me. Yes, my passion is in filmmaking, but life is a journey, one step at a time. Engineering has literally brought me closer to Hollywood, and it will help open the way for me to pursue my passion. But the main thing you're missing from all this pursuit of education is not just what you learn in the books. I know that my trials and tribulations in obtaining my degree didn't limit me to just knowing how to do a differential equation, or Laplace Transform, it wasn't about V=IR, but rather about PROBLEM SOLVING, something that I apply to my life on a daily basis. It was about meeting and learning how to interact with people, it was about seeing the bigger picture of life, it was about fulfillment and accomplishing a feat many told me I couldn't and even went as far as putting in effort to stop me from doing. If you don't understand it, why did you bother going to school yourself? If you don't know how to apply your degree and make the best use of it, that's your personal problem, but don't drag everyone into that box!

My dear, with all due respect, I truly beg to differ.
 

Simisola

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...and where is the money to show for a lot of these degrees and doctorates? Nigeria is still a third world country! How many of these people who hold degrees actually practice in their field of study?

I really don't understand this pursuit of degrees when a lot of times, they really don't make much difference - most especially in Nigeria!

We are just education junkies! How many of these so called professionals have actually invented something, anything! We obtain all these degrees yet we are very poor in management!

Nevermind that you wouldn't really practise as an Engineer, so long you fulfil mum and dad's wishes, it's all fine. Nevermind that your passion is really in hairdressing or fashion. Tell me the essence of spending all those years in the university, then. Is it to keep up with the jones' or to enter the US stats as the most educated in the country? I wonder, I just wonder! Despite all these degrees, our name is still synonymous to fraud, child trafficking and all sorts! What do we plan on doing about that? I know, get another doctorate, that's what!

I understand what mean in this part here. I mean, how many naijas in d diaspora who have a nursing diploma/degree can go back home to practice their skills? When all the hospitals are ill-equipped and salary is basically non-existent. And yet the govt are complaining that there aren't enough doctors/nurses in the country. Why would there be?
 

KikisMuffin

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Some of the comments after the article make for good reflection though...what does having the most degrees amount to for your native country or the communities as a whole. if it doesnt have much impact, then the success is individualistic and should be applauded as such
 

vince

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Some of the comments after the article make for good reflection though...what does having the most degrees amount to for your native country or the communities as a whole. if it doesnt have much impact, then the success is individualistic and should be applauded as such
Where is our Apple,Sony,BMW,Siemens,Bill Gates,and Steve Job?Very good questions.
Where are they?
It is not about collecting degrees,but it is all about what you do with them to impact positively in your own community/state/country/continent/planet.
 

iuwa

Active Member
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These people are so pathetic. They hate any ethnic group that are more successful than them. One minute they hate Jewish people for having money, next is Mexican people, later it will be Arabs.

There comes a time when you look at yourself and wonder what is lacking in me that makes me less successful than immigrants who come with $20 and a dream. It is called laziness and bitterness and lazy and bitter people are never successful.

Spend less energy bombing other countries or supporting "Bubba the President" and maybe, just maybe, you will achieve something in life.
 
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