Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, and singer, Bright Goya (popularly known as Goya Menor), among other artistes, will perform at a carnival organised to celebrate the country’s 62nd anniversary in New York.
The carnival is organized by the Organization for the Advancement of Nigeria (OAN) in collaboration with the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York.
“We are taking the carnival a little bit further from what it used to have by getting some artists from Nigeria to perform and we must thank our sponsors for supporting us,” Nigeria’s consul-general in New York, Peter Egopija told reporters.
“I must commend the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, who has shown faith in us and sponsored a Nigerian musician-Timi Dakolo- to come and entertain our nationals.
“OAN is sponsoring Goya Menor and we have also invited a young talented 12-year-old Saxophonist, Temilayo Abodunrin to participate for the first time in our Independence Day carnival.
“We are particularly thrilled by the fact that many of the registered associations will be participating through cultural exhibition and through their costumes, which will highlight the diversity in our culture,” Mr Egopija added.
According to the consul-general, it is a closed exhibition for Nigerians alone to their country’s rich cultural heritage to the world, expecting foreigners to come and witness and see Nigerian culture.
He, however, said that after 62 years of Nigerian independence, its nationals had been united and working for the progress of the country.
“Well, the fact that we’re still one, and the fact that we are doing things together, it’s indicative of the fact that we are united, and that we’re progressively working to keep the ideals of our founding fathers,” he said.
He also highlighted the importance for Nigerians to showcase who they are as a people, “and when we do it, we do it with the collaborative efforts of all the registered associations,” he stressed.
Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor