While the students celebrate abroad, back home, the universities have been on strike for over three months.
As Nigeria celebrates 53years of Independence from the British colonial rule, the Nigerian Society of the University of Buckingham celebrated the event in grand style.
Historically, the United Kingdom celebrates Black History Month every October while in America it is celebrated every February. At the University of Buckingham, Nigerians were happy to celebrate her independence and black history month.
It was with joy that the Nigerian society, the Caribbean society and other black nationalities represented in the school organized a carnival on London road, via Nelson and Hunter Street dressed in Green and white while flying the flag of Nigeria so high.
Before the carnival started, the President of the Nigerian Society, Mbasekei Martin Obono, led the crowd to sing the Nigerian national anthem before the carnival began. As Nigerian students danced and walked on the roads and streets of Buckingham with Nigerian flags raised so high, passersby waved and cheered the happy crowd whilst drivers of vehicles blasted their horns to give support.
The carnival converged at the Student Union building where there was dancing by students and stage performance by D3 professional dancers from London while drinks were served. According to one of the non-academic staff who has been at the university for several years, she opined that in the history of Buckingham, black people have never come together to celebrate the history month and Nigerian society had never held a carnival. She gave kudos to the present executive for providing leadership with the hope that the future executives of the Nigerian society can build on it.
The event was very a peaceful and successful one although the President of the Society mentioned to his executives that the Police were originally concerned about the carnival procession considering
the high level of insecurity in Nigeria and the recent killings of students in Northern Nigeria, but he had to reassure the Police that it was going to be peaceful and there would be no form of security
The carnival is one out of the many events lined up by the Nigerian Society. It is a weeklong celebration with pomp and fanfare alongside intellectual discussions. The Society’s Public Relations and Events Officer, Vanessa Udege-Gregory, said there will be a cultural day celebration on the 2nd of October, 2013 where Nigerian students will be making a short drama presentation. Nigerian foods and artifacts will be on display, garnished with more dancing by traditional Nigerian drummers.
On the 3rd of October, there will be a debate and fashion show. The debate topic is Nigeria at 53: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The debaters, Enyi Uchenna-Emezue and Peter Onykabu (Team A) will pair up
and go against Kenneth Kelechi Chijioke and Adebayo Ibrahim Razak.
Winners of the debate will go home with a prize and the best dressed for the fashion show will also go home with a prize. Vanessa also went on to say that, there is an essay competition taking place which is due on the 4th of October, the essay topic is: ‘The State of Nigeria’s Education system: Lessons from Buckingham’. The winner of the essay will have his essay published in Premium Times Newspaper, our official media partners in Nigeria. Friday, 4th of October is the grand finale.
There will be a party where Lolarae will perform and DJ Jam Jam will also play.
Mr. Obono used the opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria to find lasting solutions to the killings in Nigeria – especially that of students in North east – and resolve the crisis rocking the Nigerian Universities. He also thanked the University of Buckingham and the Buckingham council for the support during the carnival.
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