This year’s edition of the Nigerian Cultural Parade and Festival (NCPF) in Houston comes with a number of markers that will make the parade and festival the envy of other communities in Houston, Texas.
The parade has the city’s official support, ready partners and sponsors, and cultural groups already signed on to participate. It’s a partnership forged on shared identity.
Many might not now this.
For one, Houston and Nigeria have something in common—diversity. According to Linda Anukwuem, founder of WeLead co-sponsoring the event, the city is naturally multi—just like Nigeria with its multi-ethnicity, the rich blend of Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba, and their subcultures.
All of this will add variety and color to the up-coming event. Which is why its parade and festival are what Nigerian-Americans and others living in the U.S. are bursting to go.
Five reasons you must attend the Nigeria Cultural Parade and Festival (NCPF)
1. NIGERIAN CULTURE
There will be full display of Nigerian culture, tradition, and history for those who have not got a first-hand experience of the way of life of the world’s largest black nation. “Non-Nigerians attending will be able to see the True NAIJA Experience.
Wherever cultures go, food has always made a good chaperon. You readily identify Nigerians with their palates. Watch it. This year’s festival promises lots of eats and drinks, all African. Particularly Nigerian. It’s what food aficionados will like to have a bite. Especially as one of the sponsors makes the best African gourmet food in Houston. WAZOBIA African Kitchen will set the table before all at the 2019 Nigeria Cultural Parade and Festival.
Part of what enriches Nigeria’s culture is its music, the Afro style in its variety, including folklore, folk dance, ceremonial and ritual dances, Afro-hiphop, and others. The organizers have promised a splash of this. According to Anukwuem, the groups that have signed up for participation will display their traditional music, the instruments they play, their chants, and attires as they walk along the route during the parade which comes first.
4. Networking, Trade and Investment
Certainly, it is not going to be just beef and beer all through. WeLead’s founder is bringing her experience in the Houston Department of Trade and Investment (Africa Affairs). So there are plans in place for investors to get information on trades and investment opportunity in Nigeria. There are publications readied to inform the business-oriented participants.
5. Politcal Platform
Houston boasts the largest community of Nigerians in the Diaspora. That is big enough to sway decisions and policies in the city. Politically, that is. The Nigerians there will just be getting to appreciate the platform the festival and its parade offer. Plus, the office of the Mayor has been supporting the parade and its festival over the years. If anything, the platform makes lobbying and negotiation with those in government possible for Nigerians there.
Culturally NAIJA, WeLead and WAZOBIA African Kitchen have bigger goals afoot or the annual festival.
The September 28, superb as it promises, is just a curtain-raiser.
Mercy Eke wins Big Brother Nigeria season four
Mercy Eke has become the winner of BBNaija season four.
The ‘Queen of Highlights’ was crowned winner during the finale on Sunday.
This win makes Mercy the first woman to win the Big Brother Naija reality show since inception.
Popularly known as ‘Lamborghini’, Mercy was touted as the possible winner for the season by show fans and celebrities alike.
The light hearted diva made the top two with her show best friend, Mike Edwards, who emerged first runner up.
As winner, Mercy walked home with cash prize worth over 40 million Naira, brand new Innosson SUV, Dubai trip for two and other prizes.
Nigerian youths partner Consulate on ‘Our Nigeria, Our Brand’ initiative
An organization mobilizing Nigerian youth in the Diaspora is partnering with the Nigerian Consulate in New York to celebrate Nigeria’s 59th anniversary of Independence with a conference on how to redeem Nigeria’s image.
The Nigerian Youth in the Diaspora Engagement Forum (NYDEF) initiated the conference themed Our Nigeria, Our Brand to tackle the identity problem Nigerians face, and to showcase good things Nigerians youth in the Diaspora are doing instead of the bad image dogging every holder of the green passport.
According to NYDEF communications officer Yinka Sarayi, following the string of fraud busts in California, xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and ICE’s raids in some cities in the U.S, it became imperative to have a talk on how Nigerians can navigate the Diaspora.
“The conference will also show how Nigerian youth and their achievements can show forth instead of the stereotypes that have followed Nigerians in the Diaspora,” she told Being Nigerian in New York Sept. 30.
She revealed how so many Nigerian youth are contributing tremendously to economies of their host countries and communities in the Diaspora, though these contributions have yet to rub off on Nigeria.
The conference idea originated from NYDEF, and the Nigerian Consul in New York bought into it because, the Consulate said, the theme stands for everything the consulate does, since Nigeria’s image is its only official business.
“They were happy some youth are coming together to have this heart-to-heart talk. They asked us to host the conference at the consul in New York,” she said.
Listed to speak at the event October 3 are Nollywood stars like Stella Damasus, who will be addressing stereotypes, including divorce back in Nigeria; Seun Sean Jimoh will talk on internet fraud in the Diaspora; Rapper and activist, Lambogini on tour of U.S. in his prison reforms efforts; and former aide to a former Senate president of Nigeria, Bankole Omisore, will address Nigerian youth’s achievement in the Diaspora.
NYDEF, its communications officer said, is a platform Ope Alao founded of NYDEF to bring together initiatives and projects Nigeria youth breaking trails abroad can undertake, using their expertise and global exposure, to help development back in Nigeria.
BBNaija evicts Diane Russet on Independence Day eve
Housemate Diane Russet has been evicted from the 2019 Big Brother Nigeria reality TV show.
She was evicted after the Ultimate Veto Power Holder, Frodd, picked a coin that belonged to her.
Frodd picked Diane’s gold Bet9ja coin in the final ultimate veto-power game and Biggie gave her 10 seconds to leave the house.