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Nigeria at 50: Lagos unveils plans for independence celebration

The Lagos State announced on Wednesday it has lined up chain of events that will not only bring people together but add colour to the golden jubilee independence anniversary of the country come October 1, 2010.

Addressing a world press conference in Ikeja on Wednesday, secretary to the state government (SSG) and chairman of the independence anniversary committee, Aderele-Adeniran Ogunsanya, said the celebration was particularly important to Lagos because “it was here that the nation’s national flag was hoisted at independence in 1960 while the state served as the nation’s capital.

She listed events lined up to mark the anniversary in the state to include amateur boxing showing at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, photo arts exhibition slated for the Federal Palace Hotels on September 24.

Others are drama, interdenominational prayers, boat regatta, fireworks, children’s party, sound style and cuisine as well as Independence Day parade on Friday, October 1, 2010.

She added that a statue “independence tower” would also be unveiled by the state governor, Babatunde Fashola, at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) while the rehabilitated Freedom Park (old prison) on Broad Street would also be opened.

“This event marks the opening of Freedom Park, a site where notable Nigerians such as Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe were imprisoned,” she said.

Corroborating the SSG, the commissioner for home affairs and culture, Tunde Balogun, said some of the events had been designed to bring back memories of the good old days and blend the past with the present.