Nigeria Independence Day Celebration 2019

National Day in Nigeria

Happy Birthday Nigeria! The country is 59 today and here is wishing every Nigerian out there a happy and fulfilling Nigeria Independence Day celebration.1st-october-nigeria-independence-day


The Nigeria Independence Day is celebrated every year on October 1st. It’s a very special and important event in the history of Nigeria as it marks the marks the independence from their former colonial master. The country was once a colony of Great Britain until it became an independent and free state on October 1st, 1960.


Nigeria Independence Day: Historical Importance

About 2000 years ago, Nigerian people having Nok culture traded slaves, Ivory and kola nuts for salt, coral, fabric, and weapons. They worked with metals like iron and produced terracotta sculptures.


In the mid-1850s, Great Britain was expanding colonies around the world and Nigeria also became a colony of British rulers. By 1901, the British Government took strong control of the Royal Niger Company’s Nigerian territories, while Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, became a British protectorate.

The Colonization lasted for over a hundred years, during which the British Government took full advantage of Nigeria’s natural resources until after the World War II when an ‘independence movement’ for free Nigeria arose.

After a long struggle, the nationalism and independence movements kicked the Britains out and Nigeria became an independent state. The region was granted full independence on October 1st, 1960, marking the Nigeria Independence Day.

Even after independence, the country had to go through so many extreme civil wars between the Northern, Eastern, and Western regions. Fortunately, the country’s natural resources especially the booming petroleum trade industry, helped Nigeria flourish and advance financially after independence despite the ongoing civil wars and assassinations.

58th Nigeria Independence Day 2018: Life Today


Nigeria is now among the fast-growing nations of the world – all credit goes to its strong government and impressive foreign exchange earnings from the petroleum industry. The most special things that helped Nigeria advance are the region’s natural resources and petroleum industry.

Life is peaceful, secure, and happy in Nigeria. Today, the three main tribes are the Yoruba, the Hausa, and the Igbo. In addition to other smaller tribes, Nigeria has over 520 languages, with English being the most commonly spoken among all.

Nigeria Independence Day: Celebrations, Traditions, and Customs


Nigeria celebrates its independence every year on October 1st, both in the capital and 36 states. A public holiday is observed on Nigeria Independence Day.

On the morning of 1st October, the President broadcasts a live speech on television and radio to commemorate the Independence Day.

There is a flag raising ceremony to honor the nation. Festivals and parades are held all across the country, including the display of tanks, missiles, and advanced armories. The armed forces parades with cultural dances are followed after the Presidential speech.

Millions of people take part in the Nigeria Independence Day celebrations & same day Cyprus Independence Day.  Special homage and tribute is paid to the freedom fighters and other national leaders who fought for the independence of Nigeria from colonial rule.

Finally, the national Nigerian cake is cut to commemorate the celebrations at Aso Rock (the name given to the Presidential Villa).

Nigeria Independence Day: An Affair To Remember

The Nigerians celebrate their country’s independence day by decorating their streets, homes, and towns with Nigeria Flags. People are out in the streets waving and wearing the colors of the flag – green and white.


Most clubs and entertainment centers in the cities host special independence day-themed events. Some venues even offer free entrance for women and kids. Special parties for people of all ages are held, where they can enjoy games, food, and raffles.

For many Nigerians, this special public holiday is well spent with family or friends and sharing traditional meals. Many youngsters buy their fireworks from local vendors and light them in the celebration of Nigeria Independence Day. Thousands of people also head to the beach with picnics.


Facts About Nigeria

  • Nigeria is home to 7% of the total languages spoken on Earth.
  • The Walls of Benin in Edo State, are the longest and ancient man-made structures on Earth.
  • The Yoruba Tribe has the highest rates of twin births in the world: 158 twins per 1000 births!
  • The Jos Plateau Indigobird and the Anambra waxbill bird are found nowhere else on the planet but Nigeria!
  • According to the World Resources Institute, Nigeria is home to 4,715 unique kinds of plant species, and more than 550 types of breeding birds and mammals, making it a standout amongst the most environmentally lively places of the planet.

Nigeria FAQ

How did Nigeria win its Independence from Great Britain?

On October 1, 1960, Nigeria gained Independence through the constitutions which were legislated by the government of Britain. They lead a federal Government system with an Elected Prime Minister & and ceremonial head of Staff.

When did Nigeria have their independence?

In 1960 the Nigerian Independence movement succeeded in gaining the independence of Nigeria.

How many years old is Nigeria?

Nigeria is 101 years old but Nigeria got its independence from the great British on 1st October 1960 and become a Republic in 1963. Thus, Nigeria is an independent country for 55 years while the Federal Republic of Nigeria is 52 years old.

Who named Nigeria?

Flora Shaw Lady Lugard named Nigeria. She was a British by birth and by profession she was a writer and journalist. Born on 19 December 1852 and Died on 25 January 1929.

Who found Nigeria?

Nigeria was discovered in the 19th century. To be more precise in 1914 just after the amalgamation of the southern and Northern to form Nigeria. Nigeria was named and discovered by a British Journalist Flora Shaw.

What is Independence Day in Nigeria?

Independence Day is an official National Holiday Celebrated across the whole Nation on 1st October every year. On 1st Oct. 1960, Nigeria got independence from the British rule.

How did Nigeria Get their independence?

On October 1, 1960, Nigeria gained Independence through the constitutions which were legislated by the government of Britain. They lead a federal Government system with an Elected Prime Minister & and ceremonial head of Staff.

What is the Nigeria National Day?

1st of October is the Nigeria National Day. Nigeria got independence from Great Britain on 1st Oct, 1960.

How old is Nigeria?

Nigeria got its independence from the British on 1st of October 1960 and became the Republic in 1963. So, on 1st if October 2019 Nigeria become 59 years old.

How do you say Hello in Nigeria?

Sannu! This is the formal way to say “Hello” and greet somebody in the Northern region dominated by the locals from the Hausa tribe.

Is it Safe to Nigeria?

The major regions of Nigeria are quite safe to live for the expats. Abiding the commonsense rules of the Safety like being vigilant and not being in a vulnerable state in enough to safe in Lagos.

Happy Independence Day Nigeria – a great nation with great people from diverse cultures.


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