The United States of America they say is the land of the free. This statement instils the sense of a community no matter where one originates from.
A fast growing community in the USA is the Nigerian community. Whilst the official population of Nigerians in the US according to the World Bank is estimated at 252,172 and 380,785 according to the 2016 American Community Survey, the unofficial number and naturalized Nigerian population is upwards of a 1 million. That number increases to 2-5 million when you add all their children born in the US.
These indications suggest that the community of Nigerians in the US is expanding exponentially.
Also, according to Census data bolstered by an analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys conducted by Rice University, Nigerians are some of themost well educated people in the US.
Naturally, there will be the need to still touch base with the Nigerian culture and not lose their originality.
One way most people do this is through community associations. These associations help bring people of the same descent together for a common cause.
As the Nigerian population in the US increases, the more the Nigerian cultural associations also increase.
Here are the top Nigerian Cultural Associations in USA currently:
Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria US is made up of citizens of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria resident in the United States. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to promote unity, progress and strength both in the United States and Nigeria.
NGWA Cultural Association
NGWA National Association USA is a charitable organization founded in 1986 with its mission focused on human and cultural advancements within the context of cultural sustainability. The association has impacted many lives in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.
The aim of the Anambra State Community Association, New Jersey Inc. is to build community by providing a forum for sharing information, connecting neighbors, promoting activities, and fostering civic involvement in a diverse community.
A community-based non-for-profit organization in New Jersey of men and women originally from Anambra State of Nigeria, by birth, marriage, adoption, etc.
Anioma Association USA, Inc. Washington D.C Metro Area Chapter is a not-for profit, non-partisan organization, incorporated in the State of Maryland on December 4, 1992. Members are volunteers that came together from different works of life to offer their expertise and services in seeking ways to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged and the poor in our communities.
Arkansas Association of Nigerians (AAN) is a non-profit organization that promotes unity, progress and love among Nigerians and others. Coupled with the promotion of African cultures and the preservation of Nigerian heritage, AAN provides a forum for the discussion and dissemination of information about Nigeria in particular, and Africa in general.
Association of Nigeria in Oklahoma is an organization of Nigeria men and women from diverse Nigeria states, associations, communities and culture with the aim to promote integrity of Nigeria diverse culture, unity and solidarity among all Nigerians.
The leadership of the organization consists of the leadership of all Nigerian factions of ethnicity and subdivisions in Oklahoma. It acts as the sole representation of Nigerians.
Nigerian-American Community Association (USA), Inc., is a non-profit, non-religious, non-ethnic, and non-partisan association, formed with the sole purpose of fostering the well-being of all Nigerians, their friends, families, and well-wishers.
The Association of Nigerians in New Orleans, simply known as ANNO is a non-profit organization with the Louisiana secretary of state by members of the Nigerian immigrant community in New Orleans in the early 80s.
At its inception, many of the founders were students, bachelors, and married couples who saw the need to come together as one Nigerian who found themselves in the US. They envisioned coming together would enable them to preserve the diverse cultural heritage, protect their offspring from exclusion, and promote love, peace, and unity among all Nigerians resident in New Orleans.
Founded in 2015, Edo Association Washington DC Metropolis is an arts, culture & humanities non-profit focused on cultural & ethnic awareness.
Ekiti Community Association
The Ekiti Association in America deems it compelling to come together and organize the people into a powerful Umbrella Union for the purpose of utilizing the benefits of team effort to create, maintain and sustain a most democratic state of affairs, for the advantage of one another and the people who originate from Ekiti State.
Enugu State Association of Baltimore, Inc., is a non-profit tax exempt organization of Enugu state indigenes in diaspora resident in Baltimore, and its surroundings. Membership is open to men and women of Enugu state heritage with their spouses and children. Honorary membership is also ascribed to qualified non-indigenes who share the goals and vision of the association.
The Esan Association in USA was founded in 1987 by a group of great visionary men of Edo State, Nigeria, of Esan Origin. The association is a non-partisan and non-profit organization that seeks to enhance understanding, and promote brotherly and sisterly love among the Esan people of Edo State, Nigeria and the world.
Etsako Women U.S.A (New Jersey Chapter) is a non-profit organization of Etsako women (either by birth or by marriage) in America. They strive to promote their cultural heritage by educating Etsako Women in diaspora on the customs of the Etsako people.
The Ijebu Association of the US was established by a group of Nigerian students in the 1970s and was appropriately named The Ijebu Students Association.
The original intent of the organization, back then, was to provide a forum for moral, intellectual and psychological support for its members, and to ensure their well-being and academic success.
The association has extended its wings and are now a group of law-abiding Nigerian-Americans of Ijebu descent, who seek the general welfare of members, uphold, cherish and nurture their cultural heritage, create cordial relationships among all people of Ijebu descent as well as other Nigerian ethnic groups, and develop good citizenry in the communities.
Ikare Progressive Association USA (the Association) was formed in 1988. The Association was formally registered with the State Department of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a not-for-profit entity on August 24, 2009.
They recently completed a block of four modern bathrooms at one of the town's local elementary school. The Association is being re-positioned to engage in charitable works that will assist the Ikare community in the areas of education, health and quality of life improvement.
The association seeks to be the umbrella association for every Kalabari citizen in the US as they provide to foster unity, community and promote industrious excellence as core values that strengthen peaceful co-existence for all people.
Ndokwa Association in America is non-profit, a charitable, civic organization created by, and for the sons, daughters, spouses of the Ukwuani and the Ndosumili areas of Delta State, Nigeria, living in the United States of America.