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Connections

The first Peace Corps Nigeria group started work in 1961.  From 1961 to 1970, and from 1991 to 1995, nearly 2,000 Peace Corps Volunteers and staff served in Nigeria in such areas as community development, agricultural development, and sports, and as teachers at the high school and university level. 

Our membership is constantly on the move, but our database offers up-to-date information that allows you to keep in touch with other members of Friends of Nigeria.  In addition, FON periodically publishes a Membership Directory that is distributed to dues-paying members.  The quarterly newsletter is available on the website, and our annual meeting, which draws attendees from throughout the country, provides an opportunity to hear about Nigeria from artists, writers, diplomats, and other experts, and provides a welcome opportunity to meet and greet and socialize with other FON members.  Head to the Newsletter and More tab to read the newsletter and to read more about our annual meetings.

If you would like to communicate with others in your training group, or others who lived in your town in Nigeria, or any other reason, two good resources for you are the Membership Directory, last published in 2020, and the membership database maintained by Friends of Nigeria. The database is accessible only to members of Friends of Nigeria.  Head to the Members Only tab at the top of the page to access the member database.  The Membership Directory is distributed only to dues-paying members.

In addition, several training groups have begun virtual get-togethers via Zoom, and more are in the planning stage.  Click on the Training Group News link to the left to read about these gatherings.  FON now has a Zoom account that is available for virtual training group gatherings.  If you would like to explore this means to communicate with others in your training group, please contact Mike Goodkind (goodkindm@gmail.com) for help in organizing a virtual meeting.

FON Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of Friends of Nigeria is normally held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the National Peace Corps Association.  Unfortunately, the most recent meeting, which would have been held in Seattle in July, 2020, had to be canceled because of the Coronavirus.  The Coronavirus is still a concern, and the 2021 meeting, which was to be held in Washington DC in July, will be cast as a virtual meeting, now scheduled for the week of August 16, 2021.  The Board has begun planning for the 2021 annual (virtual) meeting, and periodic updates on the meeting will be found here on the FON website.

Other ways to stay connected

We invite the visitor to the Friends of Nigeria website to read RPCV and staff recollections of life in Peace Corps Nigeria.  Perhaps you have a story to add to our collection of experiences in Nigeria.

You will also find recent articles of news in Nigeria here and under the About Nigeria tab seen above.

Join Friends of Nigeria

If you are not already a member of Friends of Nigeria please consider joining us.  Click on the Become a Member link to get started.

Friends of Nigeria Voluntary Contribution

All voluntary contributions help fund our grants program for partner organizations in Nigeria.  Partners include maternal health educators and providers, organizations providing emergency relief to people who are internally displaced, local NGOs providing community assistance and micro-lending, and organizations that provide computer literacy training.  Special contributions from the membership during the pandemic helped our partners in Nigeria procure and distribute food for people affected by Covid.  Peace Corps may have been gone from Nigeria for many years but our members maintain strong ties to the country.  Use the Make a Donation link to the left to contribute to our grants program.

FON is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization.