A rendering of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos that is expected to be completed in 2027 and will be America’s largest Consulate in the world. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Ennead Architects
A rendering of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos that is expected to be completed in 2027 and will be America’s largest Consulate in the world. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Ennead Architects

The United States broke ground on a $537 million consulate on Thursday in Nigeria’s megacity of Lagos which is also the country’s commercial hub. The 10-story consulate is being built on a 12.2-acre site in the Eko Atlantic City, a new coastal city being constructed on Victoria Island and includes a 5-mile-long seawall to protect it from rising sea levels and erosion.

Completion of the new consulate is expected in 2027.

A news release from the U.S. Embassy in Abuja said when completed “it will be the largest U.S. Consulate in the world.” 2,500 Nigerians are expected to be employed during the duration of the construction in various capacities including engineers, architects, artisans, construction workers, and administrative staff.

U.S. diplomats in Nigeria led by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and Nigerian officials led by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the groundbreaking of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos on Thursday, March 31, 2022. When completed in 2027, it will be America’s largest Consulate in the world. Photo: Courtesy of U. S. Department of State

An estimated $95 million will be invested in the local economy, the statement said.

“Our vision for this remarkable Consulate campus is to create a facility that both honors the vibrant relationship between the United States and Nigeria and communicates the spirit of American democracy, transparency and openness,” US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Ennead Architects of New York is the design architect and Pernix Federal of Lombard, Illinois, the design-build contractor. EYP of Albany, New York, is the architect of record.

Ambassador Leonard was joined in the groundbreaking by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo.

“Nigeria and the United States have a long-standing history of people-to-people engagement fostering bridges between our two nations. We look forward to the many accomplishments we will continue to achieve together in the future,” Consul General Claire Pierangelo said.

Annual trade between Nigeria and the United States stands at $10 billion, according to the State Department.

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Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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