Nigerian students dance in celebration

Nigerian students dance in celebration

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Photo by Riche GarzaPhoto by Riche Garza Students that walked into the Student Union Building Ballroom on Oct. 1 were greeted by the sound of Nigerian music and sight of dancing.

The event, which took place from 7 to 9 p.m., was the celebration of the 54th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.

It was put on by the Black Heritage Committee along with the Nigerian Student Association (NISA) of Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

There were numerous things on the agenda that night, such as dancing, a fashion show and a drama. Many Nigerian students were in attendance.

“It’s a time to remember the labors of our heroes that fought for our independence and because if not for them, we wouldn’t be a republic today,” said Pelumi Ayodele, president of NISA.

NISA was first started about a year ago and is here to help Nigerian students to adapt to Kingsville and be able to bring their culture to this community, said Dr. Terisa Riley, senior vice president for fiscal and student affairs.

Nigerian Independence Day has become part of the TAMUK tradition not only for Nigerian students, but for others who wish to come celebrate with them and learn their culture and traditions, Riley said. “It is a good time to reflect on our achievements and focus on moving forward,” Avodele said.

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