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Deputy High Commissioner, Jonny Baxter and 2022/2023 Commonwealth scholars and alumni

British High Commission welcomes 178 Nigerian Chevening, Commonwealth Scholars, Fellows

Deputy High Commissioner, Jonny Baxter and the 2022/2023 Chevening scholars

Lagos, 23 February 2024

The British High Commission in Nigeria has welcomed 178 exceptional scholars and fellows who recently completed their studies through the prestigious Chevening and Commonwealth UK scholarships, pursuing a wide range of master’s degrees, fellowships and PhD programmes.

In Lagos, Deputy High Commissioner, Jonny Baxter hosted the newly returned 2022/2023 Nigerian scholars and fellows to a Welcome Home Reception after the successful completion of their programmes. During their programmes, they had an amazing opportunity to develop their skills and build networks, that will enable them to create positive lasting change in Nigeria and beyond, a statement by the Commission said.

Speaking at the reception, Baxter said:

“We take pride in welcoming back our Commonwealth and Chevening Scholars. Congratulations to each of you for successfully completing your studies, many with distinctions. I’m pleased that you’ve had the opportunity to study in the UK and have now returned with additional knowledge and skills to positively impact Nigeria. Aim for excellence and continue to uphold the values of both the UK and Nigeria through your remarkable achievements”.

Commonwealth Fellow, Ebere Iwuagwu, who studied at the Lifegate Outreach Centre UK, said:

“I am an environmental advocate and love doing community advocacy. In the course of work, I discovered the paucity in access to energy and its impact in most communities particularly women and youths. The Commonwealth Fellowship afforded me the opportunity to learn about so many renewable options derived from natural resources such as solar and vegetable that can be adopted in these communities with less impact on the environment and human health.”

Chevening Scholar, Jonathan Ayodele, who studied Cybersecurity at Cardiff University, UK, said:

“The Chevening scholarship not only provided me with world-class education but also invaluable networking opportunities with industry leaders, access to several opportunities in the UK tech sector, and a greatly expanded professional network which will serve as robust foundation for my transformative goals. I have plans to build a tech hub in Ikorodu Lagos, with a vision for Ikorodu to lead in technological innovation. My aim is to foster local talent, enhancing livelihoods and inspiring the next wave of Technology leaders. The proposed hub will catalyse economic empowerment by providing a platform for youth skills development, entrepreneurship, bridging the divide between local talent and international opportunities.”

  • Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships are awarded to individuals who demonstrate intellectual ability, leadership potential and a commitment to development of their home country.
  • The Chevening Scholarship, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, has over the past 40 years granted 1500+ Nigerians scholarships to study in the UK. This year, the Chevening Scholarship welcomes 44 scholars.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship welcomes 134 scholars; every year, over 100 Nigerian students benefit from the scholarship for postgraduate, PhD degree and fellowship programmes. The Commonwealth scheme has impacted over 3000 alumni in Nigeria since its inception.

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