An excellent presentation took place in Monday's Assembly from Deputy School Captain Didi and 4th Former Oyinade to mark Nigerian Independence Day. Here is Didi's speech:
"This past week on 1 October, many Nigerians all over the world celebrated their Independence Day. This marks Nigeria becoming its own nation and being relieved from British rule as it had previously been for a greater part of the 20th century. Great efforts made from many Nigerians formed an independence movement which finally led to the country being granted independence in 1960. This meant that this past Friday marked its 61st anniversary.
On the day independence was granted, there was a midnight flag raising ceremony with the Union Jack being lowered, and the Nigerian flag was raised displaying the vertically striped, green-white-green flag. This flag is the core of Nigeria’s principals with green representing natural wealth and white representing peace and unity, which is even featured in Nigeria’s national anthem. When independence was first granted, Nigeria was known as the Federation of Nigeria, however after three years (in 1963) there was an amendment of the constitution in which it was then named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as it is still known today. This also saw the introduction of our first president Nnamdi Azikiwe who the Governor-General was previously. Although there had been some disagreements on the drawing up of Nigeria’s border many saw this as minor issue compared to breaking away from British rule.
Nowadays, Independence Day brings about a national holiday and the streets are filled with dancing, music and festivities. The day begins with the president addressing the people, this was done by president Buhari on Friday. Then there is a ceremonial march past in various state capitals and the local government areas they are in, many wearing green, white and traditional clothing. Celebrations do not only take place within Nigeria but by many Nigerians across the globe. There is a large Nigerian diaspora all over the world as 1 in every 3 Africans outside of Africa are actually Nigerian. For example, in New York there have known to be celebrations out in the street which have been occurring since 1990’s.
Overall, Nigerian Independence Day means a lot to Nigerians all over the world and is a day that many look forward to commemorating each year."