By Janjay F. Campbell
In commemoration of Nigeria’s 53rd Independence Anniversary, the Nigerian contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) provided a week-long free medical services to deserving Liberians throughout the country.
This initiative was done through the instrumentality of the Nigerian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie. Activities marking the celebration were characterized with religious prayers under the theme ‘PRAISEFEST NIGERIANA’ at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex for all Muslims and a Thanksgiving Service for Christians at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Monrovia.
The celebration which was also in observance of Nigeria’s 100th years of existence brought together choirs from different churches at the Samuel K. Doe Gymnasium in Paynesville, outside Monrovia for a gospel musical extravaganza.
At the musical extravaganza, Nigerians praised God with songs and choirs that graced the occasion included the St. Kizito and Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic Churches, with the Ambassadors of America and Cameroon in attendance.
The celebrations also included a Nigeria-Liberia friendship Street Parade, from the UBA Bank on Broad Street and climaxed at the Nigeria House in Congo Town. During the parade that was led by Ambassador Obi-Nnadozie, Nigerians along with their Liberian counterparts paraded the streets of Monrovia along with Ibo ‘mask dancers’.
The Nigerian Christian Community in Liberia also visited several orphanages and homes for the less privileged as well as schools in Monrovia and its environs to identify with those residing there.
Meanwhile, the celebration will be climaxed today, the county’s Independence Day, with a special occasion to be graced by dignitaries and other guests.