U.S., Nigerian Exchange Programme

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 The United States embassy in Nigeria has selected five Nigerian women to participate in the 2017 TechWomen exchange programme. TechWomen is a U.S. initiative empowering and connecting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.   A statement by the Public Affairs Section, Embassy of the United States of America said the programme would bring together 100 women leaders in technology fields for a five-week professional mentorship and exchange programme at leading technology companies in California’s Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.  “Nigerian women are highly talented like the American women in the movie Hidden Figures,” Ambassador W. Stuart Symington said, prior to screening of the movie at Genesis Cinemas, in Abuja this week, in honour of Nigerian TechWomen.   Hidden Figures details the story of three female African-American mathematicians employed by NASA in the 1960s.