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Monday, 1 October 2018

Nigeria @ 58…...What you need to know about Nigeria Independence Day celebration

This is the Nigerian national day and is always celebrated on October 1st. It marks its independence from the British sovereignty on October 1, 1960.

History of the Nigerian Independence Day
European influence in modern Nigeria began in the 16th century, when the first explorers from Spain and Portugal began negotiating with the locals, leading to the development of ports such as Lagos. The British became a growing sovereign influence in the region at the end of the 19th century through the Royal Niger Company, resisting the German expansion efforts in the region.

In 1900, the lands under the control of the Royal Niger Company became the protectorate of South Nigeria. In 1914, it was combined with the protectorate of North Nigeria to create the Nigerian colony and protectorate, which is the border of modern Nigeria.

Many aspects of modern life in Nigeria were introduced during the British rule, but by the middle of the 20th century, the call for independence dispersed across Africa and the decline of territories in the British Empire led to Nigeria. In October 1960, under a a constitution with a parliamentary government and a degree of autonomy for the three regions of the country.

Nigeria was completely independent from Britain when it became a federal republic when a new constitution was adopted on 1 October 1963 with Nnamdi Azikiwe as its first president.

Political upheavals led to a series of military coups in 1966, and Nigeria was ruled by a military junta with democratic sovereignty that was not restored until October 1, 1979.

How is the Nigerian Independence Day celebrated?
Although it is the Nigerian National Day, holidays are declared annually by the Nigerian government.

In New York, Nigeria's Independence Day has been celebrated since 1991 and is the largest of any African nation in the United States.

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