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(AJC) — Titus Olowokere loves his home country of Nigeria. He’ll tell you about the richness of his people, their thirst for learning and how they’re involved globally in scientific, literary and governmental pursuits.

That’s why Olowokere of Atlanta was embarrassed to see a recent national TV broadcast while passing through an airport that suggested Americans only know his county in this manner: as the origin of e-mail scams.

“We want Americans to look at Nigeria as a partner …  as a country that has produced positive changes to the world,” said Olowokere, who heads the Alliance of Nigerian Organizations in Georgia, an umbrella organization that oversees 50 Nigerian non-profits in the state.

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