Nigeria’s Independence Day CelebrationOCT 18 EDITION

A Photo Exhibition of The Footprints of Nigeria’s Political Leaders

By Alex Umoru

The 2018Independence Day Photo Exhibition may have come and gone but the memories left behind is one that would last for a life time especially for the participating schools that took part in the Mini Photo Exhibition Competition. The exhibition was designed to showcase Nigeria’s, political history from Independence to date under the theme “The Footprints Of Nigeria’s Political Leaders”.

The Honourable Minister of Information &Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, giving his welcome remarks at the Exhibition

The major purpose of the exhibition was to attract appreciation from the various strata of society especially the schools who used the opportunity to be further educated and enlightened on the county’s political leadership from the colonial era till present day.

Winners of the 2018 Mini Photo Exhibition Competition: John Chinyere (1st), Shadow Unique (2nd), and Vincent Davies (3rd) in a group photograph with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

The main activities of the event was kick-started on Friday 21st September, 2018  at the National Press Centre, Abuja when Seventeen (17) Secondary Schools participated in the Mini Photo Exhibition competition centred on drawing an artistic impression of President Muhammadu Buhari with pencils After two hours of contest, (3) three entries were picked by the Judges as the best out of the once that participated in the competition. The victorious students were awarded cash prices, drawing materials and a trophy was giving to the winner at the opening ceremony of main Exhibition. The three students are John Chinyere, (Federal Government Boys College, Gudu); Shadow Unique, (Stella Maris College, Garki); and Vincent Davies (Model Secondary School, Maitama).

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Information and
Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed tour photo exhibition stand

The main exhibition of the 2018 Independence had the objective of retracing the historical imprints from when Nigeria was created. It represented a story sketch of a country in its quest for nationhood, starting from the colonial era, the struggle for Independence through the various military/constitutional experiments to the build-up to the present socio-political democratic experience.

The Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Juan Lima giving
his goodwill message at the event

The three-day Photo Exhibition was officially declared open by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday 25th September, 2018. While addressing dignitaries at the event, the Vice President expressed optimism for a greater optimism for a greater Nigeria.” I am pleased to say on behalf of the Nigerian government and people that we have chosen to say that our history will not determine our  future; our history is the least that we can ever be; our future is much greater; our history is only a precursor to a greater Nigeria; to a Nigeria that is prosperous, united and where all of us are treated fairly and justly”. Also addressing the dignitaries at the event was the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who highlighted the great essence of united Nigeria: ‘’Today’s event commemorates Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary celebration. There is no doubt that this day is special to every Nigerian as it is a day to reflect on our unity, patriotism and commitment  to nation building. Therefore, one cannot help but be excited as this day approaches annually.”

Representative of the Kenyan High Commission in Nigeria delivering her country’s goodwill message

he Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Juan Lima in his goodwill message  highlighted the cultural and socio-economic similarities of Nigeria and Brazil. He urged Nigerians to stay as one indivisible entity.

The three event witnessed dignitaries from the Diplomatic Communities, heads of  government, Permanent Secretaries, Market Women, Youth Corp members, Students, Professionals and the General Public. The major highlight of the event was the Wife of the Former Head of State, Mrs Aguyi Ironsi while  on the exhibition tour, paid a tribute by saluting the portrait of her late husband General Aguyi Ironsi which was one of the photographs on display.

Winner of the 2018 Mini Photo Exhibition, John Chinyere
of Federal Government Boys College Gudu – Abuja
participating during the contest
Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali admiring the cultural
display by Merry-Bell Academy, Jikwoyi
A Cross section of Dignitaries at the Independence Photo Exhibition

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