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September 30, 2022
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(BPRW) DC Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaims October 1 as Nigerian American Day

The Nigerian Center commemorates Nigerian American Day by opening an immigration clinic on October 4

(Black PR Wire) Mayor Muriel Bowser officially proclaims Saturday, October 1, 2022, as “Nigerian American Day” in Washington, D.C. In recognition of the significance of this day, The Nigerian Center is opening a walk-in immigration clinic in Washington, D.C. The clinic is for community members who require legal assistance regarding immigration and naturalization. The Nigerian Center and several community organizations serving the Nigerian American community will announce the opening during a press conference on October 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Some speakers include Gbenga Ogunjimi, Founder, The Nigerian Center, Dr. Oye Owolewa, U.S. Representative, Washington, D.C., Aly Kaba, Director, DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs, MannyWellz, Nigerian American artist and producer, and Chris Paul, Offensive Tackle, Washington Commanders. To attend the press conference and tour, rsvp at

“Across the US, immigrant community centers have been a proven strategy for financial inclusion for newly migrated individuals. Until recently, the Nigerian community hasn’t had a community center. I founded The Nigerian Center to provide new Nigerian immigrants with the necessary tools and guidance to navigate the systemic complexities of their new country, acquire the necessary tools for success, and ultimately accelerate their path towards self-sufficiency on their journey to becoming Nigerian Americans,” stated Gbenga Ogunjimi, Founder and CEO of The Nigerian Center.

"I'm proud to be able to witness the creation of the Nigerian Center, where folks will be able to receive critical legal aid and resources. I'm also excited about the opportunity to showcase the Nigerian American culture on a greater level. Lastly, as US Representative, I'm honored to know that the very first Nigerian Center is located in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.," stated Dr. Oye Owolewa, US Representative, District of Columbia.

About The Nigerian Center: The Nigerian Center Inc. is the first immigrant and cultural center for the Nigerian diaspora in the United States. As a non-profit, The Nigerian Center was established to connect to the Nigerian culture while offering financial inclusion and social justice opportunities for members of the Nigerian American community in the United States. Located in Washington, D.C., The Nigerian Center provides a platform for members of the African diaspora to learn about their Nigerian heritage while connecting them to the current Nigerian American culture in the United States. The Center also curates cultural programs for first-generation Nigerian-Americans and will support newly arrived immigrants.