The 4th International Conference of Nigerian Students in Diaspora

Canterbury Cathedral Kent

17 - 18 April, 2010       University of Kent, UK

Theme: Networking for National Development.

Conference Objectives

    The aim of this initiative is to foster:

  • National Development: To urge Nigerian Youths Abroad to remember their fatherland and endeavour to contribute to national development.

  • Unity in Diaspora: Networking Nigerian Youths to foster unity abroad and at home. Strengthening the Nigerian International Students Agenda (NISA), the umbrella forum for Nigerian International students.

  • Nigeria's Image Abroad: To challenge them to project Nigeria's Image Abroad positively in everything they do.

  • Empowerment: To enlighten them about Job opportunities in Nigeria as well as help them secure choice jobs in Nigeria through a partnership with corporate bodies.

  • To give Nigerian Youths in Diaspora a true sense of belonging even away from home.

  • To recognise the outstanding achievements of distinguished Nigerian International Students.

  • To show case the work of some distinguished Nigerian youths and International Students.

  • To enable Nigerian students officially register with the Nigerian High Commission, UK and other Nigerian Embassies in other countries for documentation purposes and for easy access in future.

  • To share awareness on ways to cope with the British Education, while making an impact in their places of study.


  • Delegates can start arriving on the 16th of April, 2010 (Friday)

  • Registration starts at 9am

  • The programme of speeches and small group sessions will commence at 10am until 5pm on the 17th of April, 2010 (Saturday). Several distinguished speakers will address such topics as studying, seeking employment, immigration, investment etc. (see programme for details)

  • The ICONS Nigerian dinner starts at 8pm to end at midnight on the 17th of April. This would be a buffet style dinner of Nigerian delicacies.

  • The ICONS awards will be presented during the dinner ceremony to recognise the outstanding achievements of Nigerian International students in academics, community life, creativity etc.

  • There will also be musical performances, dancing and comedy, courtesy of our hosts.

  • At 9am on the 18th of April, 2010 (Sunday) The NISA Forum Commences. This is a forum for discussing issues relating to studying and working in the UK as well as other National development issues. This is an all student affair, an opportunity for students to present their research, discuss issues at the heart of study in the UK and share knowledge.

  • The conference will conclude at noon with closing remarks and vote of thanks.

  • At 1pm, lunch will be served, after which participants can engage in informal networking.

Nigerian International Student Agenda (NISA)

    NISA is an acronym for the Nigerian International Students Agenda, which is an initiative of the Xn Foundation. It will act as the umbrella forum for the Nigerian International Student community on several developmental projects. NISA is a student led forum, which means that its programmes will be directed solely by its members, principally through the NISA forum. It was inaugurated during the International Conference of Nigerian Students (ICONS) 2007.

    The aim is that the forum will be governed by an administrative board, an advisory board and an editorial board selected from the Nigerian international student community. Volunteers are welcome to join the board.


    ICONS 2010 Awards information: Click here

    Invitation To Host ICONS 2011

    XN Foundation is inviting offers from universities to host ICONS 2011. Any university wishing to host ICONS 2011 is advised to send delegates to Kent for ICONS 2010, in order to see what the conference is about.

    Please contact:

    Dr. Ifeolu Omoniyi Akintunde

    Executive Secretary, XN Foundation

    Tel: +44(0)15 2488 8502

    Mobile: +44(0)7817 734663