Diplomacy in Nigeria: Ending Corruption in Africa’s Powerhouse

Scholarship Entrant: Rita from Loganville, GA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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Growing up, all things related to foreign policy sparked my interests. Spending hours analyzing the commentary on CNN became my daily ritual. I’ve developed an insatiable desire to travel the world and experience its various people and schools of thought. My dream is to enter the U.S. Foreign Service after college and to eventually become the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria. The current state of politics in Nigeria is corrupt, but I would love to serve as a diplomat to help reform our political system. With over sixty registered political parties, the election process is inefficient and quite chaotic. In addition, voters are often paid off or threatened with death if they fail to support a particular candidate. As the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, I would work with elected officials to create substantive legislation that can put an end to the embezzlement of public funds, reduce our staggering poverty rate, and ease ethnic tension.
Although I’m dreaming ahead, I know that receiving a quality education will set me on the path to becoming a diplomat, and mending relationships across cultures. The University of Georgia’s School of Public & International Affairs is ranked as one of the best in the country, so I know that I’m receiving a first-class education by attending the school. However, without outside scholarship aid, it’ll be difficult to continue my education. The Take Lessons Scholarship will help me achieve my dream of becoming a diplomat.

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