Rochdale's Nigeria Community Association to celebrate fifth anniversary, Nigeria Independence Day and Black History Month

Date published: 14 September 2023

Rochdale’s Nigeria Community Association will be celebrating its fifth anniversary with a flag raising and festival for Nigeria Independence Day and Black History Month.

Nigeria Independence Day is held on 1 October each year and marks the country being granted full independence from Great Britain, whilst the month of October is celebrated as Black History Month in the UK and Ireland, and the United States and Canada.

The Nigerian flag will be hoisted above Rochdale at the Number One Riverside council offices on Saturday 30 September before a cake is cut.

A festival of African arts, culture, dance and awards will be held the following day at Castlemere Banqueting Hall.

A gallery showcasing Nigerian art, history, and achievements will take place alongside live performances of Nigerian dances, and guest speakers will also share the historical significance of Nigeria's journey to independence and its impact on the global stage.


Rochdale Nigeria Community Association were amongst the performers in the carnival in Littleborough
Rochdale Nigeria Community Association at the Littleborough Feel Good Picnic this summer


The second issue of the Nigeria Community Association’s Black History Month magazine also shines a light on Nigerian legends and unsung heroes.

Mary Adekugbe, the founder of the Nigeria Community Association, said: “The event promises to be a vibrant and culturally rich experience that showcases the beauty and diversity of African heritage.

“It's a momentous occasion to celebrate our community's achievements and contributions over the past five years.”

The flag raising will be held from 10am to 12noon on 30 September, and the festival will be held from 1pm-6pm on Sunday 1 October.

Anyone wishing to attend the festival should RSVP by 22 September via email or by telephone, 07456 136 150.

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