Nigerians have the highest level of education in the U.S.

Date: 19-03-2012 3:21 pm (11 years ago) | Author: Mrs Amra Ofomala
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- at 19-03-2012 03:21 PM (11 years ago)
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Nigerian immigrants have the highest levels of education in Houston and the nation, surpassing whites and Asians, according to a Census data bolstered by an analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys, Leslie Casimir of the Houston Chronicle reports.

David Olowokere, originally from Nigeria and the chairman of Texas Southern University’s department of engineering technologies, told Casimir that holding a master’s degree just wasn’t good enough for his people back home. So he got a doctorate. His wife, Shalewa Olowokere is a civil engineer and hold a master’s degree.

According to a 2006 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 17 percent of all Nigerians in the U.S. hold a master’s degree, 4 percent hold a doctorate and 37 percent have a bachelor’s degree. In comparison, 8 percent of the white population in the U.S. hold a master’s degrees, 1 percent hold a doctorate and 19 percent have a bachelor’s degrees.

The Nigerian numbers are strikingly high, Roderick Harrison told Casimir. He is a demographer at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington D.C. think-thank that specializes in researching black issues.

However, Stephen Klineberg, a Sociologist at Rice University who conducts the annual Houston Area Survey, suspects the percentage of Nigerian immigrants with post-graduate degrees is higher than the Census data shows.

According to the latest Census data there are more than 12,000 Nigerians in Houston. This is a figure sociologists and Nigerian community leaders say is a gross undercount, as they believe the number is closer to 100,000.

Out of all the Nigerian immigrants Kleinberg reached in his random phone surveys in 1994 through 2007—a total of 45 households—40 percent of them told him they had post-graduate degrees.

The reasons Nigerians have more post-graduate degrees than any other racial or ethnic group is largely due to the Nigerian society’s emphasis on mandatory and free education, Casimir reports. After immigrating to the U.S., practical matters of immigrations laws get in the way. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 made it easier for Africans to enter the U.S., but mostly as students or highly skilled professionals—not through family sponsorships, Kleinberg said.



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- summy4ever at 19-03-2012 06:03 PM (11 years ago)
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back home in Nigeria, education is deteriorating daily. Embarrassed
Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:03 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Tomnwakor at 19-03-2012 06:13 PM (11 years ago)
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gud news
somehow
Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:13 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Kennyg428 at 19-03-2012 06:14 PM (11 years ago)
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Dats gr8

Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:14 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- habiziz at 19-03-2012 06:29 PM (11 years ago)
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na soo!!!! we dey rule dem for here. we go soon take over all dier jobs and everything dat is educational worthwhile
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- maffrodisiac at 19-03-2012 06:30 PM (11 years ago)
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We no dey carry last!!!!!
Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:30 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ebonyz at 19-03-2012 06:32 PM (11 years ago)
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Good  news anyway
Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:32 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- cadanre at 19-03-2012 06:34 PM (11 years ago)
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Good and bad news.

Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:34 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- Wandeay at 19-03-2012 06:45 PM (11 years ago)
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y we no go plenty pass dem, na we need masters nd higher b4 gettin a job, na diploma oyinbo pple need 2 get a high paying job, if u av master sef 4 9ja, no assurance 4 job.
Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:45 PM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- Sheenor at 19-03-2012 06:48 PM (11 years ago)
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kudus to all nigerians........... Grin dis is one ov de gud part ov us........

Posted: at 19-03-2012 06:48 PM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- love_life at 19-03-2012 06:52 PM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: ebonyz on 19-03-2012 06:32 PM
Good  news anyway
yeah, that's good news indeed but what matters is what u have in ur brain and not the certificates u acquired. We Nigerians love acquiring certificates because back here in naija we value certificates more than anything. Most of them will still head back to naija where certs is been honoured to occupy political positions with their foreign certs. What & what have we invented as our contribution to mankind?.
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- Eyanyi at 19-03-2012 06:53 PM (11 years ago)
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Graduate boku for Naija
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- cresto45 at 19-03-2012 06:54 PM (11 years ago)
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gr8!!!! News my pple r gr8!!!
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- cresto45 at 19-03-2012 06:57 PM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: ebonyz on 19-03-2012 06:32 PM
Good  news anyway
Quote from: Wandeay on 19-03-2012 06:45 PM
y we no go plenty pass dem, na we need masters nd higher b4 gettin a job, na diploma oyinbo pple need 2 get a high paying job, if u av master sef 4 9ja, no assurance 4 job.
Quote from: cresto45 on 19-03-2012 06:54 PM
gr8!!!! News my pple r gr8!!!

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- chiamanda360 at 19-03-2012 07:06 PM (11 years ago)
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na our money dey talk so 4 USA dey just say it to get more costumer
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- Sheenor at 19-03-2012 07:13 PM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: chiamanda360 on 19-03-2012 07:06 PM
na our money dey talk so 4 USA dey just say it to get more costumer
datz not tru... I didnt agree wit dat....

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- princessfavouri at 19-03-2012 07:14 PM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: cadanre on 19-03-2012 06:34 PM
Good and bad news.
  why did u say so Huh? is like u dn.t like education. Huh? Huh?
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- Bachelorette at 19-03-2012 07:19 PM (11 years ago)
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 Kiss Kiss Kiss

Posted: at 19-03-2012 07:19 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kebella at 19-03-2012 07:21 PM (11 years ago)
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ok Cool

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- needluv at 19-03-2012 07:50 PM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: love_life on 19-03-2012 06:52 PM
yeah, that's good news indeed but what matters is what u have in ur brain and not the certificates u acquired. We Nigerians love acquiring certificates because back here in naija we value certificates more than anything. Most of them will still head back to naija where certs is been honoured to occupy political positions with their foreign certs. What & what have we invented as our contribution to mankind?.
Thank u for that comment
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