Nigerian students and scholars have enriched the Yale campus and community for years. Notable Yale alumni from the country include Dr. Haroun Al-Rashid Adamu ’70, journalist and founder of the Zaria Academy in Nigeria, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ’80MA, award-winning novelist and author of Purple Hibiscus (2003) and Americanah (2013). Furthermore, since its inception in 2002, the Yale World Fellows program has brought to campus eight scholars and practitioners recognized for their work in medicine, media, finance, human and women’s rights in Nigeria.
Yale students and faculty have also traveled to Nigeria, engaging in research projects and collaborations that further connect university and country. For example, students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies have traveled to Nigeria to study children and nature, sustainable sanitation, and soil properties through a Tropical Resources Institute Fellowship. Faculty have also engaged with the country, through the research in the fields of art history, AIDS, malaria, silviculture, psychiatry and more.