Today is Nigeria’s Independence Day and we are all excited at Olivergist.com. This is a day we set aside every year to celebrate our history, where we are and where we are going as a nation, thanks to the ability to chose our own leaders and create our own destiny as a country. This is indeed worthy of celebration.
Here are 4 hot spots to celebrate Nigeria:
1. Tafawa Balewa Square
Visit the busy central square named after Nigeria’s first prime minister. It was a popular racecourse site for locals during the colonial era. It was also the preferred choice of venue for the lowering of the Union Jack and the hoisting of Nigeria’s flag during the granting of her independence from colonial rule on October 1st Decades later, the square is used for public parades, concerts, and celebrations. Notably, the square’s Remembrance Arcade is in memory of Nigeria’s dead from two world wars and the Biafran war.
2. National Museum
You could also treat yourself to a revision of Nigeria’s political and cultural history at the National Museum, Onikan in Lagos. Not only can you find fascinating artwork like the Nok Terracottas but in there lies noteworthy political artifacts like the bullet-ridden car former military leader General Murtala Mohammed was assassinated in. This took place in February 1976.
3. Aso Rock
Aso Rock in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria Abuja stands as one of the city’s most prominent landmarks at 400 meters. The Presidential Villa, Nigerian National Assembly and Supreme Court are all within close proximity to the rock. Significantly, it was the site of the 2003 Aso Rock Declaration during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja that year. In the agreement, the promotion of democracy and development were set as members’ primary priorities, along with the inclusion of Commonwealth Principles as stated in the Harare Declaration.
4. Tinubu Square
The square is named after Madam Efunroye Tinubu who was originally born in Abeokuta, Ogun State. In the mid-1800s, she led a successful campaign against immigrants from Sierra Leone and Brazil who attempted to use their influence to overturn Lagos Island’s ancient customs – a truly heroic and nationalist act.
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