Typically, these athletes have parents or grandparents who came to the United States to study or to escape the 1980s-era military regime in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, with about 175 million people living in an area twice the size of California.
About 380,000 Nigerian immigrants and their children live in the United States, up from 25,000 in 1980. They have settled in metropolitan areas like New York, Houston and Washington, and as a group, they are far more likely than the overall American population to receive undergraduate and advanced degrees, according to a 2014 analysis done for the Rockefeller Foundation and the Aspen Institute.
Many in the Nigerian diaspora view sports as a kind of student-athlete ideal with its discipline, work ethic and opportunities to gain access to higher education and professional careers, the athletes, their parents and sports officials said. [Emphasis added.]
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Family Values Matter: Nigerian Immigrants More Likely To Get College And Advanced Degrees Than Average American
Posted By Milton Recht
From The New York Times, "More Nigerian-Americans Are Reaching Highest Levels of Sports" by Jeré Longman:
Posted 3/18/2015 01:03:00 PM