Announcement / Press Release:
For Immediate Release
September 23, 2014
NIGERIA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IN NEW YORK
OCTOBER 9 – October 11, 2014
New York – Preparations are in top gears for Nigerians and friends of Nigeria from around the world for the twin celebration of centenary of amalgamation of Nigeria as a nation and 54thanniversary of Nigeria’s Independence in New York City. In 1914, Northern and Southern protectorates were merged together to form one nation, Nigeria. On October 1, 1960, Nigeria obtained her independence from Great Britain.
The three-day celebration will start with a Welcome Party for Nigerian youth and their friends on October 9, 2014. This will be followed by the Cultural Night, which will be held in Brooklyn on October 10, 2014, where the ever vibrant Nigerian youth will demonstrate their appreciation of their cultural heritage, and participate in the 2014 Mr. and Ms. Nigeria Independence NYC contests.
The grand finale—the Nigeria Independence Day Parade and Festival—is scheduled for October 11, 2014, in Manhattan. It will start at 54th Street on 2ndAvenue and terminate at the Nigeria House on 44thStreet. Immediately following the parade will be the festival of food, music, and lots of fun in the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, where local and international artistes, including the world famous artist and cultural troupes will perform. This festival has variously been adjudged as the largest gathering of Nigerians outside their homeland and of Continental Africans outside of Africa.
The annual Nigeria Independence Day celebration in New York City, which started in 1991 and has since burgeoned to become the largest of any African immigrant group in the United States, is organized by the Nigeria Independence Day Committee (NIDC), a coalition of Nigerian cultural, religious, professional, business, and civic organizations.
Details of the three-day celebration are as follows:
Thursday, October 9th – Welcome Party
Venue: FESTAC ULTRA LOUNGE, 263 Hendrix St, Brooklyn, NY 11207
Friday, October 10 – Culture Night
Venue: ROULETTE THEATRE, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
(Corner of 3rd and Atlantic)
Time: 8PM – 12AM
Fee: Adults - $10 before 9:00 pm and $15 after 9PM; $5 Children (under 18).
Saturday, October 11 – Nigeria Independence Day Parade & Festival
Venue: Parade starts at 54th Street & Second Avenue in Manhattan
Post Parade Festival: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street & Second Avenue
(Near United Nations Headquarters)
For more information, please visit –www.oanweb.org, or contact:
General information: 917-675-4455
Vendor information: 917-675-4456
Cultural Night Info: 917-675-4459