Nigeria Celebrates Fifty Years of Independence - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Nigeria Celebrates Fifty Years of Independence

Published October 25, 2010

Ráðhúsið, Reykjavík’s City Hall, was alive to the beating of drums,
dancing and celebration last Saturday as Reykjavík’s Nigerian community
came together in a display of culture, music and food. The celebrations
marked Nigeria’s fiftieth ‘Jubilee’ year of independence from Britain in
1960.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson, was in attendance,
and presentations were given by Katrin Sigurjonsdottir, Managing
Director of Salka-Norfish Ltd, on business links with Nigeria, and Dr
Hallfríður Þórarinsdóttir, Director of the Centre for Immigration
Research at Reykjavík Academy, on the Nigerian experience in Iceland.
Organiser Joseph Oyeniyi Ajayi said, “The event reminds all Nigerians of
freedom from the colonial masters, unlimited opportunity to take a self
decision and above all, it serve as a pause for reflections of our
actions, decisions, level of growth and maturity”. He also believed it
would serve to remind the Nigerian community in Reykjavík of their
homeland and raise hopes for more positive growth and development within
the country.

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