Nigerians who are new to South Africa should familiarize themselves with registered Non-profit Nigerian Organisations in South Africa. In addition, below is a list of noteworthy organisations for Nigerians in South Africa.
1. Consulate General of Nigeria in Johannesburg
2. Nigerian High Commission – South Africa
About: The role of the Nigeria High Commission in South Africa is to organize, advance and safeguard the interests of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria within South Africa with the ultimate aim of enhancing Nigeria’s security and socio-economic advancement. For contact information for the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, click here.
About: The main objective of the Consulate General of Nigeria is to fulfill representational activities in the interest of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on matters pertaining to social, economic, political, cultural and various global issues including the promotion of trade and new opportunities for economic partnership between Nigeria and South Africa. For contact details for the Consulate, see here.
COMMUNITY BASED NIGERIAN ORGANIZATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA
1. Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA)
About: NUSA is a registered non-profit organisation that is recognised by the Consulate General of Nigeria as the official body that represents all Nigerians in South Africa, regardless of their language, state of origin and ethnicity. The organisation is about “Unity in Diversity” and it represents the interests of Nigerians in South Africa. The Nigerian Union South Africa works closely with the Nigerian High Commission and the Consulate General of Nigeria mainly to address injustices against Nigerians living in South Africa.
2. Nzuko Ndi-Igbo Community Care South Africa
About: This is a registered non-profit organisation that represents and supports Igbo people living in South Africa. This organisation is known for its loyalty towards providing for the socio-economic needs of its members.
3. National Association of Yoruba Descendants Southern Africa (NAYDSA), also known as Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Yorùbá
About: As the name denotes, this organisation represents the interests of Yoruba descendants in Southern Africa. The organisation is also aimed at promoting the unity of all Yoruba organizations. This organisation is notable for providing scholarships for Yoruba students within South Africa.
4. United Nigerian Wives in South Africa (UNWISA)
About: UNWISA is a registered non-profit organisation made up of women who are married to Nigerian citizens in South Africa. The organisation is well known for organizing highly publicized actions against xenophobia and related injustices.
1. Nigerian Student Association (Monash University SA)
About: NSA (MUSA) describes itself as an organisation “established to bring Nigerians studying in Monash South Africa together and it aims to ensure and maintain a positive image of Nigeria in South Africa.”
2. Nigerian Students Society (University of Pretoria)
About: The NSS (UP) is a body of Nigerian students studying at the University of Pretoria. The organisation is aimed at empowering and safeguarding the interests of Nigerian students at the University and beyond.
It is beautiful to see Nigerians all over South Africa coming together to portray and showcase a positive image of Nigeria and Nigerians in South Africa. We salute all these great organisations and rally behind each and every organisation that is destined to bring peace, love, and unity.