Nigeria is the most populous nation in West Africa, being home to around 186 million people. The country’s history is rich, and today Nigeria celebrates 61 years since the country broke free from British Colonial Rules. In an address made by President Buhari earlier today, he mentioned that despite the challenges the country faces, they still maintain the spirit of October 1st. Nigeria proclaimed its Independence Day in 1960 when it became a sovereign republic. Since then they have celebrated the anniversary of Independence Day.
The Nigerian motto – “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress” is reflected upon and observed today as many citizens at home and abroad unify across diverse backgrounds to reflect on over 60 years of Nigerian history.
Celebrating Independence Day
The president usually addresses the people in the early morning. A ceremony to raise the Nigerian flag follows and then the cutting of the national colors independence cake. Crowds then do Parades with lots of bands, music, and dancing. Common things you’re likely to see on this day – Flags, signs, and colorful clothing. The common cors are green and white since they are the national colors.
Nigerians also prepare traditional meals like Egusi Soup – Made with a type of Melon seed. Jollof, and other special traditional meals. The most important part about this day is Nigerians honor their heritage. They celebrate the different ethnic groups that make up Nigeria.
We wish Nigeria a happy independence day!