Nigerians mark a national day
The Palmerston North Nigerian community marked its 58th Independence Day on Saturday with a celebration attended by guests from around and beyond the Manawatu¯ region.
It was a first for the Nigerian community and the event showcased Nigeria’s fashion, history, traditional food, entertainment, and music. Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere cut the cake with the help of other guests.
Nigeria gained its independence from British colonial rule on October 1, 1960, but is celebrated on October 6 which is a work-free day.
From left, Welcoming Communities coordinator Stephanie Velvin, councillor Lorna Johnson, Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere, Professor Isaac Adeyinka, Dr Doris Adeyinka, and Benjamin Araba. Photo / Ebele Ezepue