Nigeria Independence Day: Interesting Facts & Top 5 Events

Today the Nigerians celebrate their most important national holiday – Nigeria Independence Day. This holiday commemorates Nigeria’s independence from the British on 1 October 1960. On this day people all over Nigeria get together and enjoy the culture and just have a great time!

We’ll give you now the holiday history in brief and share the news about where you can go during Nigerian Independence Day celebration.

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1. History of Nigerian Independence Day

The port of Lagos started due to the trading of Nigerians with the explorers from Spain and Portugal in the 16th century. The British expansion in the region started in the late 19th century via the Royal Niger Company.

In 1900 the Southern Nigeria Protectorate was formed to be combined with the Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914 to create the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, the prototype of today’s Nigeria.

However, in the middle of the 20th century, the decline of the British Empire led to Nigeria’s independence proclaimed on 1 October 1960. The constitution gave three regions of Nigeria a certain degree of autonomy.

Nigeria became absolutely independent from Britain on 1 October 1963 with the new constitution and the first president Nnamdi Azikiwe.

2. How Nigerian Independence Day is honored

The festive ceremony starts with flag raising followed by the President’s speech. Afterwards, people enjoy a military parade and various cultural shows.

3. Why do we celebrate independence day in Nigeria?

Many people doubt the necessity of celebrating Independence Day.

Well, there are 5 reasons why you should do it:

  • The Nigerians have remained a single nation.
  • They have experienced a lot together.
  • They still hope for a better future.
  • It’s better to hope that to indulge in self-pity.
  • There are a lot of great people in Nigeria.

Let’s hope for the brilliant future of Nigeria!

4. Nigerian independence day 2017: upcoming events you may be interested in!

Of course, you have seen (or, maybe, visited) the Nigerian independence day parade 2017 that took place on the 30th of September. The first of October has prepared for you a lot of other exciting events. Let’s take a closer look at them and choose the most interesting ones!

4.1. The Lagos City Suya Carnival

When: Sun, October 1, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM WAT

Where: Alausa Shopping Mall, Obafalabi Street, Ikeja, LA 100121, Nigeria.

Suya carnival that was founded in Lagos features gorgeous 50ft long Suya steak to the delight of everyone present. This magnificent event is one of the most spectacular and loved shows of the Independence Day celebration.

4.2. Palm Wine Cocktail Party

When: Sun, October 1, 2017, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM WAT

Where: Maison Fahrenheit Hotel, 80, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

This cool party will feature Palm Wine, Isi Ewu, Nkwobi, Puff Puff and the extraordinary cocktail. The star of the event is Dj Larry who will be playing Naija classic by Lagbaja, Phantashun Boiz, Remedies, etc.

4.3. Glimpse Show

When: Sun, October 1, 2017, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM WAT

Where: Banquet Hall, National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. IGANMU, LAGOS, Nigeria.

This is the largest and the most amazing dance show on this Independence Day, October 1 @ the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. 100 professional dancers will boost your spirits up and elevate you to the new level of happiness. This spectacular show is a gift from the Spirit of David Gospel Dance Club to all Nigerians.

This club is famous for sharing messages of peace and freedom every October 1 to honor the Independence Day. However, this year the message is a little bit twisted – the Glimpse show tries to encourage Nigerians to love and be kind to each other.

This inspiring show tries to express the very important message that real freedom starts with personal acts of love! The show uses the language of music and dance to appeal to young people and ensure that their message is understood.

4.4. A Dance For Naija

When: Sun, October 1, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM WAT

Where: Festival Mall, Golden Tulip, Lagos, LA 23401, Nigeria.

This energizing dance show comprising various different dance groups will demonstrate their inspiring dance spirit, and give you hours of fun!

4.5. Independence Day Pop-Up Sale

When: Sun, October 1, 2017, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM WAT

Where: Atlantic Mall, Chevron Drive, Lekki, LA, Nigeria.

This is going to be a food-show with lots of food, drinks, ice-cream, and smoothies. There will be an arena for games, a DJ and the lots of nice guys from Lagos.

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