The Nigerian flag has been raised high since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960. On September 29, Texas A&M University-Kingsville celebrated 56 years of Nigerian Independence by hosting a special celebration. The event was held at the Ballroom of the Student Union Building at 5 p.m., and was hosted by the Office of Student Activities. The African Students Association (ASA), and students from the College of Engineering provided great assistance and support for the event. The event was an outlet to promote Nigerian culture to the entire student and faculty body at TAMUK.
Officially, Nigeria celebrates its independence on October 1st, but TAMUK decided to hold the event two days earlier. The event’s key speakers included Dr. Ambrose Anoruo, professor of agriculture, agribusiness & environmental sciences, and Mrs. Elizabeth Lawrence, the International & Multicultural Event Coordinator. At the event, Ambrose discussed the opportunity for students of Nigeria and India to further their education at TAMUK. He encouraged Nigerian and Indian students to maintain a strong focus on their education and emphasized the importance of time management.
Nigeria Independence is one of the many cultural events TAMUK hosted for the month of September along with TAMUK Dandiya Night. The university has held events such as “Mi Familia, Mi Communidad”, which promoted Hispanic culture and heritage, and Ganesh, which celebrated a cultural festival native to India.
TAMUK’s efforts to promote diversity have been appreciated by students throughout campus. When asked why it is important to recognize cultural events, one of the helping coordinators for the Nigeria Independence event, Oludare Fakoya stated, “It is a sign of respect of the school to the origin of the students. Independence Day is an important day to be remembered by the citizens of that nation. Celebrating this day is a way the university says they care about the students.”
TAMUK has been hosting Nigerian Independence Day since 2009, and will continue to do so for future years. The turnout out of this year’s even brought 105 students who learned an important piece of Nigerian culture and history.