New York, New York, October 1, 2005: Nigerians from across the United States were joined by other Africans and Americans to celebrate their 45th Independence Day. Nigeria is one of the African countries colonized by Britain. It obtained its Independence from Britain on October 1, 1960.
Nigerians Come Together
Cross Section of The Crowd
Some of the artists that performed at the event
HOW IT HAPPENED: The event started with a parade down the streets of Manhattan, New York and ended with a celebration at the Nigerian House on 44th street. Turn out was massive as streets were cordoned off going several blocks. The color of Nigeria's green-white-green flag dominated the entire area as Nigerians, both young and old donned in assorted combinations of green and white, cheerfully waved the Nigerian flags and interacted with each other confirming the survey that said that Nigerians are the happiest people in the world. There were speeches and addresses by several Nigerians concerning Nigeria's independence as well as the way forward. There were several cultural performances and a lot of Nigerian and African fanfare to go around. The event was to continue with an all night after party in Brooklyn, but we sadly report that authorities abruptly ended the after party because of some youths who taught fighting makes a party. In all, happy independence celebration/anniversary to Nigeria, the African giant!