Independence Day is an official national holiday in Nigeria, celebrated on the first of October. It marks Nigeria’s proclamation of independence from British rule on 1 October 1960.
The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 1, as a public holiday to commemorate Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day.
The announcement was made in a statement issued by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday in Abuja.
The statement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Mohammed Umar.
Dambazau, who congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary, urged them to sustain President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s efforts at maintaining and strengthening the unity and peace of the country.
He emphasised the government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth, social and political development based on democratic principles.
The minister added that in the past 58 years, Nigeria had made a lot of progress and positive impact not only on the lives of its citizens but also in terms of infrastructure development as well as international relations
Nigeria as a Nation will be celebrating their 58th years of Independence today ist October 2018.
If we are talking about Nigeria before it was called Nigeria and people were already living there, then civilizations of Nigeria are thousands of years old.
Nigeria as a nation however depending on how you look at it 57 years old going to 58 later this year in 2018 or 104 years old if you count the time when Nigeria was a colonial slave/country under England.
Literature: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Music: Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, P Square, 2Face
A Thriving Film Industry – Nollywood
Nigerian English & Pidgin – which has been copied across the continent due to the influence of Nollywood movies e.g. words like Oga, Wahala, Oyibo
An abundance of natural resources in Oil, Rubber, Cocoa, Timber etc Highest rates of post-first degree holders of any immigrants to the USA and UK Fashion – Nigeria’s influence has also spread to the rest of the continent with non-Nigerian women sporting Geles (headties made of jacquard fabric) and Aso Ebi (the wearing of the same fabric in various styles for a special occasion).
Food – Moi Moi, Egusi, Ogbono, Efo Riro, Edikaikan, Akara, Asaro, Suya
Most populated country in Africa – over 160 million people
Natural Born Hustlers! Entrepreneurial and clever. Very good at thinking up ways (good or bad) to make money.
Since I wrote the above nearly 4 years ago, there have been a number of developments so I thought I would update my list.
11. Formidable online presence – be it via Nigerian websites e.g. BellaNaija, YouTube personalities or being the top African users of Twitter and Instagram, Nigerians are visible and making waves. See Facebook’s chief, Mark Zuckerberg, recent visit to Nigeria for evidence.
12. Keen football fans – having won the Olympic gold football medal in 1996, reached the knock-out stages of the World Cup and produced some of the world’s best footballers (Kanu, Okocha), Nigeria’s Super Eagles team are well known. However, it’s their support of EPL teams be it Arsenal (Gooners!), Man U, Chelsea or even Bolton that has made them amongst the most well known football supporters in the world. Think I’m kidding? Check your Twitter feed during an EPL match.
13. Weddings – the popularity of YouTube has uncovered a phenomenon known to Nigerians for years but now known to everyone – Nigerian Weddings! To say Nigerians throw the best parties for their nuptials is an understatement. From the traditional engagements to the colourful “white” weddings, no one does it better.
14. Evangelical and Pentecostal churches – Nigeria has been leading the revival of the Christain faith across the world for a number of years. But it’s their innovative leadership and style of worship that have been replicated (for good and bad) across Africa. Leaders like Kumuyi, Adeboye, Olukoya, Adefarasin, Ashimolowo, Oyakhilome, TB Joshua etc. have spearheaded a movement that has gradually become the norm.
15. Terrorism – Sadly, Islamic terrorism mainly carried out by Boko Haram has blighted the north of the country. Initiatives such as #BringBackOurGirls have ensured that this hasn’t been swept under the rug and neglected by the world.