Do you want to travel to the United States and are looking for the U.S Embassy in Nigeria, then you are the right page. You should be aware that the United States of America currently has two mission offices in Nigeria that has different functions.
History of the US Embassy in Nigeria
The American Embassy is as old as Nigeria herself as the U.S Embassy was established in Nigeria officially on 1st of December 1960. This highlighted the beginning of the Nigerian-American cooperation which was highlighted in a message from the Secretary of State Christian Herter.
The first American Ambassador to Nigeria Joseph Palmer was appointed 23rd of December, 1960 but waited till the inauguration day before full operation commenced. He presented his letter of appointment to the Head of State on the 4th of December 1960 which was three days after Nigeria’s independence.
The then President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower also sent a message to the Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa that same December 1960 still highlighting the great ties between both countries.
For sake of history, we have compiled a list of the representatives of the American Government (i.e the ambassadors) from December 1960 till date
- Joseph Palmer: December 23, 1960 – October 16, 1964
- Elbert G. Mathews: December 10, 1964 – December 26, 1969
- William C. Trueheart: December 19, 1969 – December 1, 1971
- John Reinhardt: December 30, 1971 – October 23, 1975
- Donald B. Easum: December 26, 1975 – December 15, 1979
- Stephen Low: December 20 1979 – December 4, 1981
- Thomas R. Pickering: December 26, 1981 – December 9, 1983
- Thomas W.M Smith: October 10, 1984 – December 5, 1986
- Princeton Nathan Lyman: December 12. 1986 – December 24, 1989
- Lannon Walker: December 10, 1989 – December 10, 1992
- William Lacy Swing: December 15, 1992 – December 22, 1993
- Walter C. Carrington: December 10, 1993 – December 7, 1997
- William H Twaddell: December 10, 1997 – December 3, 2000
By 15th of December 2000, the US Embassy was later transferred to Abuja from Lagos. This ushered a new reign at the Embassy. Ambassador Howard Franklin Jeter was appointed on the 28th of December 28, 2000 to head the office at Lagos, until 30th December, 2003.
After him came Donald Steinberg who took charge until 2004. The following list of the ambassadorial appointments from 2004 till date is shown below:
- John Campbell: 2004 – December, 2007
- Robin Renee Sanders: December 3, 2007 – 2010
- Terence P.McCulley: 2010 – 2013
- James F. Entwistle: 2013 – 2016
- Stuart Syminton: December 28, 2016 till date.
One is located in Abuja while the other is in Lagos. See contact details for US mission offices in Nigeria below:
Full Contact Details For American (US) Embassy In Nigeria
United States Consulate General, Lagos
2, Walter Carrington Crescent,
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Box 554, Marina, Lagos
Email: [email protected]
For Inquires, call: 01-4603400, 4603600
U.S Embassy, Abuja Office
Embassy of the United States Of America,
Plot 1075, District Drive,
Central District Area, Abuja.
For Inquires call: 09-461-4000