As you already know, Nigeria became an independent Nation from the British in 1960. The process which had started years before finally came to a conclusive end in October 1st, 1960. As a result, every year, irrespective of creed, tribe and faith, Nigerians all unite to celebrate this historic period in our journey as a Nation.
No matter the levels or degree at which our patriotism is at, one thing can all be excited about is the Public Holiday earmarked to celebrate the country’s ‘birthday’. Go Naija!
Public Holidays affords us the opportunity to spend more quality time with our family and friends, relax, rest from our busy schedules and generally catch up on areas of our lives that has been in the back burner.
Event organizers use public holidays such as this to organise music concerts, comedy shows, road walks to raise awareness for one cause or the other.
Brands and companies use the celebration to do giveaways and promos to customers and would be customers.
Altogether, the independence celebration in Nigeria has its moments and fanfare that makes it worth looking forward to.
So what are the fun things and activities to do to celebrate the Nigerian Independence in 2017. Before we share those, here are some fun facts on Nigeria.
FUN FACTS ON NIGERIA
- The Declaration of Nigeria’s Independence was signed at Federal Palace Hotel, which was then known as Victoria Beach Hotel.
- The Bristol Hotel, Lagos Island is said to be the first hotel in Nigeria.
- Up until 1984, Nigeria citizens traveled Visa free to the United Kingdom.
- As far as Hotel chains go, Nigeria has the highest number of hotel rooms in Africa with over 15,000 rooms.
- Are you an Eco-Tourist? Nigeria has the largest diversification of Butterlies in the World.
- Nigeria is home to one of two Suspended Lakes the World has. The Ado Awaye Suspended Lake in Nigeria is on the Oke Ado Mountain in Oyo State.
Independence Day Events in Nigeria
Wakaa the Musical
Enjoy contemporary Nigerian Theatre is at its highest peak ever with Wakaa! the Musical, the hugely successful homegrown musical breaking records and barriers with completely sold out shows in Lagos and London finds its way to an eager and exciting audience in Abuja.
Date: September 30th and October 1st, 2017
Venue: Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja
World Class Family Funfair
World Class Entertainment hosts 2017 World Class Family Fun Fair and Dinner party in celebration of Nigeria’s 57th Independence.
It promises to be fun. The Event is sectioned for both Children and Adults.
Date: Sunday, 1st and Monday, 2nd of October 2017
Venue: World Class Events Centre, Plot C-83 Amuwo Odofin Ind, Opposite Coker Express Bus stop, Apapa, Oshodi
Time: 10am – 6pm
Glimpse – Spirit of David
The biggest and most inspiring dance show ever is going down this Independence day, October 1 at the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. Get ready for ‘Glimpse’, presented by the Spirit of David Gospel Dance Club.
Date: Sunday, October 1st 2017.
Venue: National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.
Time: 3pm – 6pm
Lord of the Ribs with Basketmouth
Basketmouth his back with the Lords of the ribs. Bringing you the best of the best in comedy and music.
Featuring: D’Lai (USA), Donnivin Jordan (USA), Salvador (UGANDA), Kevin J (USA), Celeste Ntuli (SA), Angel Campey (SA), Okey Bakassi, I Go Dye, Buchi, Bovi, I Go Save and many more.
Date: September 30th, 2017
The Supremacy Concert is a Nigerian based international concert which will take place in the bustling city of Lagos.
The city of Lagos is full of magic and this concert promises to deliver tons of magic to music lovers.
The concert will promote Nigerian music as well as showcase what truly makes us unique in the entertainment industry.
Featuring: Olamide, Shina Peter, Tiwa Savage, D Banj, Tekno, 9ice and other fine artists
Venue: Eko Hotel and Suites,Lagos.
Date: 1st of October,2017
Red Carpet: 7pm, Show Start by: 9pm
Stand Up Nigeria Independence Show
Stand Up Nigeria is the first and still the only 100% comedy platform in Nigeria.
The A-list stars and upcoming comedians thrill the audience with clean jokes which make the show an ideal family event.
Date: October 1st 2017
Time: 3pm (1st Show) & 7pm (2nd Show)
Venue: Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos
Places to go on Nigeria Independence Day 2017
While a great deal of the celebration would go on in official quarters, government houses and secretariats, with exclusive balls, parades and the likes, we all can get into the spirit of the celebration by visiting several of the fun places to hangout in on October 1st and 2nd.
There are several places to go out and hangout for a great time in Lagos. From Malls, to beaches, to restaurants.
- Omu Resort
- Apapa Amusement Park
- Terra Kulture
- Elegushi Beach
- Omenka Gallery
- Mindscapes Children Museum
- Kalakuta Museum Ikeja
- Lekki Conservation Center
- Fredom Park
- Tarkwa Bay Beach
- Lufasi Park
- Fun Factory
- Zuma Rock
- Millenium Park
- Abuja Arts and Crafts Village
- Eden Park and Garden
- National Children’s Park and Zoo
- Magicland Abuja
- Tobix Recreational Park and Garden
- Maitama Amusement Park
- Jabi Lake and Leisure Mall
- Agodi Gardens
- UI Zoological Garden
- IITA Forest Reserve
- Irefin Palace
- Mapo Hall
- National Museum of Unity
- Ibadan City Mall
- Ventura Mall
- Bower’s Memorial Tower
- Port Harcourt Zoo
- Garden City Amusement Park
- Isaac Boro Park
- Peace Park
- Rivers State Museum
- Rivers State Cultural Center
- Port Harcourt City Mall
- Port Harcourt Golf Club
- Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
- Gamji Park
- Kaduna Museum
- Commonwealth War Cemetary
- Lugard Tower
- Goshen Garden
- Sea Breeze Garden
- Kamuku National Park
- Matsiriga Waterfalls
- Kajuru Castle
- Kagoro Hill
- Kaduna National Mueum
- Fith Chukker Polo Resort