October 1st-ival – Nigeria’s Independence Day
An Independence Day, as expected of every other country when the citizens celebrate their country. On 1st of October in Nigeria, it is the day when everyone living in Nigeria is expected to appear in green and white wears.
A little sneak peek into the history of Nigeria:
Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom as a Commonwealth Realm on 1 October 1960. Nigeria’s government was a coalition of conservative parties: the Nigerian People’s Congress (NPC), a party dominated by Northerners and those of the Islamic faith, and the Igbo and Christian-dominated National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons(NCNC) led by Nnamdi Azikiwe. Azikiwe became Nigeria’s maiden Governor-General in 1960. The opposition comprised the comparatively liberal Action Group (AG), which was largely dominated by the Yoruba and led by Obafemi Awolowo. The cultural and political differences between Nigeria’s dominant ethnic groups – the Hausa (‘Northerners’), Igbo (‘Easterners’) and Yoruba (‘Westerners’) – were sharp.
An imbalance was created in the polity by the result of the 1961 plebiscite. Southern Cameroon opted to join the Republic of Cameroon while Northern Cameroons chose to remain in Nigeria. The northern part of the country was now far larger than the southern part. In 1963, the nation established the Federal Republic, with Azikiwe as its first president. When elections were held in 1965, the Nigerian National Democratic Party came to power in Nigeria’s Western Region.
Continue reading about Nigeria’s history here…
There are set to be various activities in various parts of the country to celebrate this day. Such activities even preceded today.
On September 30th, Premium Times reported a speech by Atiku, Okowa, Wike saluting Nigerians on independence and preaching unity
Click here to read what the media has to say about the Independence Day in Nigeria.
Amongst the notable events celebrating this day is one powered by Loveworld Inc. The project pioneered by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, a Nigerian minister of the Gospel who is set to change the world one man at a time.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, is known for his philanthropic works. This includes aiding the poor, the sick, and the dispossessed, both materially and spiritually. Over a ministry career spanning more than 30 years, he has raised men and women from poverty, healed the sick, and provided a message of hope which has been broadcast to every nation in the world.
Projects by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
- Pastor Chris’s Inner City Mission Project declares that “every child is your child”; this project saves and assists orphaned and indigent children in inner cities across the globe.
- Future Africa Leaders Award is an initiative of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Ph.D., DSc, DD. It was created to explore, educate, mentor, highlight and empower intelligent and genuine Leadership Potentials deposited in the lives of young Africans.
- Reach Out Nigeria is a movement by Christ Embassy led by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. It was aimed at saving lives and provision of infrastructure facilities to the less privileged in the society. It is usually a great carnival on Nigeria independence day on October 1. Every year, all partners and members come out on roadshow across the country. Wearing costumes bearing green and white in celebration of the nation’s independence. The Zonal Pastor of Christ Embassy, Evangelist Eddy Owase addressed a press conference on Reach Out Nigeria 2017. In Warri yesterday, he said there was every reason to celebrate Nigeria during her independence day anniversary. He said, though the country has been going through some challenges, God still has interest by preserving us as a nation. The Zonal Pastor enumerated some of the contributions of Reach Out Nigeria project to include construction of boreholes in some communities in Delta State, Building of skill acquisition center at Warri Prisons and donation of vehicles to Warri prisons as well as gifts to old people homes and motherless homes.
However, we are more interested in the celebration and so we have:
Best Looks for Nigeria’s Independence Day which we call October 1st-ival