The British Council was established in 1934 and has been in Nigeria since 1943. We currently operate from offices in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port-Harcourt and continue to engage in cultural relations work, building links between citizens of the United Kingdom and Nigeria. Our activities are delivered through our Arts, Education, English and Society business units as well as a thriving exams unit providing opportunities for thousands of Nigeria to acquire globally recognized qualifications.
As a registered charity in England and Scotland, the Council is supported by a United Kingdom grant channelled through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as through contract work, for instance on behalf of the Department for International Development, and through partnerships with organizations in the public, private and non-state sectors.
With 160 million Nigerians, many of them young, and growing economic opportunities, Nigeria is a significant priority for the UK in Africa. We believe our work in cultural relations plays a key role in sustaining the cordial relationship between these two countries and their people. Over the coming years, we will continue to focus our work on building capacity in education across all tiers, supporting the development of thriving, sustainable creative industries and work to build the capacity of young people to make a positive contribution to leadership in Nigeria.