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Envoys hail patriotic zeal of Nigerians in U.S.



Envoys hail patriotic zeal of Nigerians in U.S.

By Cecilia Ologunagba

The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Professor Tijjani Bande, praised the patriotic zeal and commitment of Nigerians in the United States.

The North American correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency reports that Egopija and Bande praised them at a dinner to commemorate the 61st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence in New York.

The envoys in particular paid glowing tributes to those who launched Nigeria’s annual Independence Day Parade and Carnival around three decades ago and for using the event as a rallying point for Nigerians in the United States. United.

Nigerians from all walks of life typically set New York City ablaze as thousands crowd the streets for the Nigeria Independence Day Parade and Carnival.

The annual parade and carnival began three decades ago by the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) as part of efforts to challenge negative stereotypes about Nigeria and Nigerians in the United States.

Described as the largest gathering of Nigerians outside the shores of their homeland, the event is generally attended by Nigerians from all walks of life, especially young people.

The 2021 edition of the event only featured carnival and was held in New York on Saturday. The parade component did not take place due to COVID-19 concerns.

“Nigerians in the United States continue to carry our flag high as our nationals excel in their various endeavors,” Egopija said.

“It is in recognition of this that the Consulate is pleased to join the organizers of the Nigeria Independence Day Parade and Carnival in hosting this dinner,” he said.

The envoy urged the nationals to “let your charities continue until the land of our dreams is realized”.

“The consulate will continue to work with everyone and every group seeking to present Nigeria to the world,” he said.

In his remarks, Bande congratulated the organizers of the annual parade, saying it has become an important platform to remind Nigerians of their values ​​and contributions to the homeland.

He said New York has been the center of the world due to its diversity, noting the mutual partnership between Nigeria and the United States.

“There will be no dynamism in New York without Nigeria and Nigeria itself represented by all of us here should not be hidden and the occasion of the Independence Parade is just one of those occasions “, did he declare.

“There are several ways to do it. This is done quietly in American hospitals where Nigerian doctors and nurses, pharmacists and other professionals provide excellent service.

“It represents Nigeria in a number of excellent ways.

“This is done in the classrooms where Nigerian teachers from primary to university level in any major institution in this country will remind others that Nigeria has something to give.

“It is also done where young and old Americans dance to the rhythms of Nigerian artists. This is also done in the TV channels where Nollywood has taken over the world.

“Do I go on and on in boxing, football and everything in between,” Nigeria’s ambassador to the UN said.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Nigeria Independence Day Committee, Mr. Yinka Dan Salami, said the committee’s goal was to get one million Nigerians out on the streets for carnival.

Dan Salami called for business partnerships by sponsoring artists and cultural troupes from Nigeria to support the annual event.

Among the prominent Nigerians attending the dinner was the country’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr Eniola Ajayi.

Source: NAN

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