The United States Consulate General, F. John Bray on Thursday awarded about $381,220 (N116,08m) grant to 29 entrepreneurs in Lagos.
The grants were given to two categories, which comprises of 23 small entrepreneurs and six recipients who are helping to implement the U.S Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, (CYFI).
“The United States Mission to Nigeria is proud to stand with you in your efforts, because we share those priorities with you,” John Bray Said while speaking at the ceremony.
“We are also recognizing a unique award to the Co-Creation Hub. The Co-Creation Hub is a partner of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria to set up and operate a new Priority American Space at their business incubation facility in Yaba, Lagos.
“This Priority American Space will, when ready, be a publicly accessible space for Nigerians to access a broad range of information and materials about the United States and our culture, take part in English language learning; learn about opportunities to study in the United States, and especially to participate in programs on technology and entrepreneurship.”
“With mentors from the U.S. Consulate, these outstanding young women and men design and work on projects that improve the health, economic empowerment, education, and good governance of their communities,” Bray noted.
He confirmed that with regards to the awards, that the U.S seek to increase the capacity of non-governmental organizations and individuals to strengthen communities, and also bring in more opportunity to Nigerians through their creative projects that have lasting benefits in society.
The U.S. Consulate in Lagos began the CYFI Initiative in 2011 to encourage community service through energetic young leaders.