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This Research Report examines the various waves of Nigerian immigration, community and leadership development, as well as crises in the United States.

This study is divided into three parts. Part I begins with a brief historical overview of the Nigerian background and crises, thereafter showing the patterns of Nigerian immigration to the U.S. and their varying characteristics from 1970 to 1995. Part II analyzes the many ways in which Nigerians have attempted to adjust into the American mosaic, resulting in the emergence of a Nigerian community. Part III focuses on the three types of Nigerian leadership systems that have largely shaped, and continue to influence, their organizational structures in the United States. The study concludes with a summary of the major points addressed in the paper as well as suggestions for Nigerian economic and political empowerment in this country.


Research Report #30.


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