New York, New York: Nigerians all over the world recently celebrated their country’s 53rd independence anniversary with a parade attended by many Nigerians and others in the tri-state area and beyond. It was a day of celebration featuring several dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corp, New York City council members, leaders, and more.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Nigerians and supporters of the Nigerian pride from across the United States and even from Europe and beyond, dressed in assorted colors of green white green turned our in droves and gathered at the corner of 54th street on 2nd Avenue from where the parade commenced. The jubilant convoy led by parade Marshals including Nigerian and New York City officials, marched and danced down 2nd Avenue through 44th street where the crowd and parade floats rounded off. The celebration later moved to the show stage where several cultural troupes performed including Nigeria’s Wande Coal, the featured performer. The parade witnessed pockets of Nigerians in Diaspora protesting against certain policies of the government of Nigeria, trying to draw attention for a better governance at home in Nigeria.
Nigeria gained its independence in 1960 from the then British colonial government. It became a republic in 1963 and has since seen its share of civilian governance, military coups and back again to civilian governance. There were similar celebrations by Nigerians around the world. Our staff was at the parade in new York to bring you exclusive photo-coverage. See Pictures Below