Meet The Nigerian Who Came Out Tops In US War School


A Nigerian Army officer, Colonel Charles Nengite has emerged one of the top 5 out of a class of 381 at the U.S. War College (USAWC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

According to the information obtained from the School’s website, the African military officer from Nigeria is recorded to be the best foreign student the institution has had in 38 years.

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His performance surpassed a whooping number of 380 postgraduate students. For this feat, Nengite has been honored with 6 different awards for excellence in 6 different courses.

Maj.-Gen. William Rapp, the commandant of the college has described his performance as “one of the best in the international fellows programmes at the USAWC”.

During the graduation ceremony of the 115-year old institution over the weekend, the commandant recognized 2 Nigerian colonels in the institution- Col. Charles Nengite and Col. Timothy Shipi. Both were graduating as Masters of Strategic Studies.

The Commandant noted that Nengite made a distinction in research. He made it as the best as well in the most sensitive course in the United States’ military – Sexual Harassment and Response Programme (SHARP).

Under the programme, Nengite produced the seminal paper, ‘I am your friend campaign’. This equally came out as impressive as his other academic excellence in the school.

In a class of 308 Americans and 79 foreign students, Charles Nengite bagged the award for being the 2nd best speaker for 2016.

Gen. Mark Milley, the United States Army Chief of staff said the graduands were well seasoned to take up any strategic role in the military.

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It is worthy to note that the United States War College which was founded in 1901 was particularly set up to provide strategic leadership training for the United States Army.

In grand style, Charles Nengite, has joined the league of past Nigerian military personalities such as the now democratic Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, Collin Powell, Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf. They all graduated from the prestigious military institution.