The British Council officially launched on 09 June 1944 when the first library known as British Council House opened in Marina in the old Exhibition hall. Since then, the British Council has changed the lives of millions of Nigerians through our different programmes.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Over the past 75 years, we have helped Nigeria's emerging leaders to develop new skills and international partnerships through our work in Arts, Education, Society, Policy and Exams.
By celebrating this 75th anniversary, we are celebrating the success of our employees, our partners and all who have been a part of this journey thus far. Thanks to you, we are 75.
This is a programme to celebrate our 75th anniversary in Nigeria and, more broadly, the UK–Nigeria relationship, by curating and promoting 75 Stories that highlight the best of UK-Nigeria connections and our work to create the links and provide opportunities in Nigeria and the UK.
The 75 Stories will be told from the perspective of 75 UK and Nigerian programme participants from 1944 to 2019 across all our work areas: Arts, Education and Society, English, Exams and beyond … on issues pertinent to the future of Nigeria.
The programme activities will run from June 2019 to June 2020 across some chosen cities in Nigeria, and the UK.