The 54th Independence Anniversary began with photo ops, welcoming of Nigerians in the Diaspora and friends of Nigeria, including official representatives from other countries by Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe and his wife at Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Atlanta. Oct 5, 2014.
The program was lined up with entertainment, presentations, and activities. Guests were treated to a cuisine of Nigerian dishes, and cocktail reception. One of such presentation was a video that showed a brief history of the 1914 Amalgamation. Followed by a night of comedy, and poetry as the over flowing crowd cheered on.
In his address to the attendees, Amb. Teneilabe used the occasion to remind the audience that it was a dual celebration that also marked the 100 anniversary of the 1914 Amalgamation of Southern and Northern Protectorates. He also, highlighted President Jonathan’s achievements, while telling Nigerians in the diaspora to be informal Ambassadors of Nigeria, despite the challenges, and encouraged the spirit of unity among the different ethnic groups in Atlanta.
The keynote speaker was Prof. Martin Okafor, who said that Nigeria in the diaspora should support the efforts under way to build a Diagnostic and Trauma center in Abuja, by Nigerians in the diaspora, diagnostics and trauma foundation. He added that Nigerian Americans can provide assistance in those areas by coming together for a good cause. After the program was completed, attendees jumped to their feet and danced the night away.
See pictures and Video, courtesy of Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta GA.