Nigerian Australians

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Nigerian Australians
Total population
(4,519 Nigerian-born (2011 Census))
Regions with significant populations
Sydney
Languages
English · Fulfulde · Hausa · Igbo · Yoruba · other Nigerian languages
Related ethnic groups
African Australians

Nigerian Australians are Australian citizens and residents of Nigerian origin or descent. The Nigerian-born form one of the fastest-growing migrant groups in Australia.[1]

Background[edit]

The Nigerian population in Australia has been increasing rapidly. The 2011 Census noted there are 4,519 Nigerian-born people in Australia.[2] The population doubled since the previous census in 2006.[3] The vast majority are skilled and educated, with 82.4% of the Nigerian-born aged 15 years and over possessing higher non-school qualifications, compared to 55.9% of the Australian population.[4]

An NOIPolls survey found that 100% of Nigerians surveyed with relatives or friends living in Australia perceive Nigerians as having better living conditions in foreign countries. The only other continent with a similar response (of 100%) from Nigerians was South America.[5]

Students[edit]

Students have become a rapidly growing source of Nigerian migrants to Australia.[6] Nigeria is predicted to become one of the top 10 sources of international students for Australian universities.[7] Australia’s streamlined visa processing for international students and its post-study work rights scheme have been given some credit for this. Many Nigerians come as engineering students planning to work in their country’s oil industry. Thus universities respected in engineering such as the University of NSW have seen massive growth in their Nigerian student numbers.[8]

In 2015 it was noted that Nigerians are one of the newer student populations experiencing huge growth in Australia, comparable to student populations from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.[9]

Population distribution[edit]

One third of Nigerians in Australia live in Sydney, and one quarter reside in Melbourne.[10] Half of Australia’s Igbo-speakers live in Sydney.[11][12] There are many thousands of speakers of Nigerian languages, particularly Igbo, Yoruba and Fulfulde.[13]

Nigerian cuisine can be found in restaurants in the more diverse Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.[14][15][16]

Notable Nigerian Australians[edit]

  • Francis Awaritefe - soccer player and TV commentator
  • Liz Cambage - WNBA basketball player for Tulsa Shock
  • Bernie Ibini-Isei - soccer player for Club Brugge
  • Jamal Idris - rugby league player for Penrith Panthers
  • Daine Laurie - rugby league player for Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers
  • Keiynan Lonsdale - actor
  • Timomatic - singer
  • Joel Wilkinson - Australian rules footballer for Gold Coast Football Club
  • Olasunbo Olalere - Alumni of Australian and New Zealand School of Government; Ass Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management. NSW Health
  • Kunle Arogundade - Orthopaedic Surgeon & Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Senior Lecturer Deakin Medical School, Melbourne Australia
  • Adesoji Adesina - Professor of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Australia
  • Sunday Oloyede - IT Consultant, Australian Government
  • Babatunde Salman - Orthopaedic Surgeon & Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Tunde Ibrahim - Physician and Medical Practitioner, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Olayide Ogunsiji PhD - Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney
  • Fred Alale - Accountant. Associate Director at KPMG Australia
  • Taiwo Olalere - Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand. Certified Information Systems Auditor. Ernst & Young Australia
  • Vincent Olumuyiwa Oladele -Captain, Australian Army
  • Ben Emechete-Radiologist[ Gold coast, QLD) & Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
  • Damilola Ogundeji - Alumni of University of Melbourne; Manager, Group Strategy at National Australia Bank
  • Ade Kassim - Oracle Solution Architect and Project Manager. Founder of Vitis Botanica
  • Ebenezer Fashogbon, Radiology Business Owner Victoria Australia
  • Adebayo Adeyemi, Consultant Obstetrician & Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Dapo Olayemi, Legal Practitioner, Melbourne Australia
  • Ikenna (Ike) Nwokolo, Senior Legal practitioner with Slater & Gordon, Melbourne Australia
  • Eziyoda Magbegor - Basketball player

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blog.id.com.au/2012/australian-census-2011/2011-census-australias-changing-multicultural-mix/
  2. ^ "Community Information Summary: Nigeria-born". Department of Immigration & Citizenship. 
  3. ^ http://blog.id.com.au/2012/australian-census-2011/2011-census-australias-changing-multicultural-mix/
  4. ^ "Community Information Summary: Nigeria-born". Department of Immigration & Citizenship. 
  5. ^ Ezeh, Chizom. "US, UK Top List Of Countries Most Nigerians Abroad Reside". Leadership. 
  6. ^ "Nigerian family spends first Australian Christmas in Newcastle". ABC News. ABC News. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Big increase in number of Nigerian students at Australian universities". Australian Financial Review. 
  8. ^ "Big increase in number of Nigerian students at Australian universities". Australian Financial Review. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Chris Tolhurst (25 March 2015). "Foreign Investment Review Board new fee regime threatens lucrative overseas student market". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Community Information Summary: Nigeria-born". Department of Immigration & Citizenship. 
  11. ^ "20680-Language Spoken at Home (full classification list) by Sex - Sydney". Australian Census 2006. 
  12. ^ "20680-Language Spoken at Home (full classification list) by Sex - Australia". Australian Census 2006. 
  13. ^ "The People of Australia" (PDF). Western Australian Government. 
  14. ^ "African Food". africanOz. 
  15. ^ "Best African Restaurants in Sydney". LifeStyle FOOD. Telstra Media. 
  16. ^ "Taste of Africa". Sydney Morning Herald.