As Nigerians in Texas prepare for the forthcoming Nigerian Cultural Parade and Festival in Houston, the U.S. largest city is also preparing to honor the world’s largest Black nation as it nears its 59th year as Independent nation in Africa.
The City of Houston, including its city hall, highways, and bridges will glow with the Nigerian color Green-White-Green on September 27, the eve of the Nigerian Cultural Parade.
Sept 28, Houston will also join the Nigerian community in Houston to celebrate Nigeria and its culture.
One of the facilitators of the parade, Linda Anukwuem, officially brought the news of the honor and participation by Houston City.
According to her, this is a first for Nigeria and also for Nigerian-Americans in the U.S., that Houston will be the first amongst U.S. cities to honor Nigeria, and celebrate its independence.
Nigeria celebrates its Independence Day October 1. The parade and festival, however, will come up Sept 28, and it is going to be a splashy display of everything that is Nigerian.
Anukwuem told Being Nigerian recently how involved Houston has been in the 2019 edition of the festival. Apart from shutting down the parade route that day, the city has allowed its official seal o the promotion literature of the parade.
A section of the city hall, in the lead up to the event, is also showcasing the Nigerian Masquerade Exhibition.
“Anybody going into the lobby of the City Hall now can read the history of each of those masquerades. They will also learn more about the event,” said Anukwuem.
The exhibition lasts till October 2, in the A.D. Players Theatre in the galleria area of the hall.
The trade and investment department of the Mayor’s office is also working with Anukwuem to facilitate business and investment relations between the city, its investors and Nigeria.
Houston can’t just ignore Nigeria—for certain reasons.
Houston is the most diverse, culturally, and the biggest city in the U.S. It’s not odd if it embraces a culturally diverse people like Nigerians.
The city is also home to the largest population of Nigerians, no fewer than 150,000, living in the U.S. That figure makes Nigerians the largest African community in the country.
Such a growing culture demands all the attention it can get.
And Houston is giving it right from the evening of Sept. 27. The city will be sparkling with green-white-green, and the route to the Root Memorial Centre, on the 28, will bubble with lavish display of Nigerian attires, songs, drums, masquerades and others.
“Non-Nigerians attending will be able to see the ‘True NAIJA Experience’,” Anukwuem told Being Nigerian.
WeLead Inc. and Culturally NAIJA, including WAZOBIA African Kitchen, have, no doubt, demonstrated how big they want to make this year’s edition.
Trump applauds Nigerian artist for painting his portrait
A Nigerian Ballpoint artist has gotten the attention of United States President Donald Trump.
The picture of the painting went viral after Creative_Doks went on his Twitter handle @Doks_Arts to share the image explaining that it took him about 70 Hours to work on and achieve the final result.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
He also tagged the US President and asked for followers to retweet till the US President sees it.
Luckily, Creative_Doks’ painting got the attention of Trump who retweeted the tweet containing the image and described him as a ‘Wonderful Artist!.’ He also advised the Nigerian artist not to give up on his dreams.
“Not only did I see it @Doks_Art, I think it is fantastic. You are a wonderful artist, never give up your dream!,” Trump tweeted.
John Boyega narrates terrifying moment he lost ‘Star Wars’ script
‘Star Wars’ actor John Boyega has narrated the terrifying moment he discovered the script for the next installment of the space opera Rise of the Skywalker that he had misplaced was being sold on eBay as reported in HuffPost.
John who plays Finn in the sci-fi saga revealed how he had left the script for the ninth and final installment, Rise Of The Skywalker, under his bed and forgot to take it with him when he moved out of his apartment.
His agent called him after he heard from Disney CEO Bob Iger and Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy about how he lost the most powerful script in Hollywood right now.
However, Disney managed to buy back the script back for “something like $85” because the vendor hadn’t realised what he had on his hands, John added.
Rise of The Skywalker debuts in UK cinemas on 19 December and will see John reunited with his cast mates Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Kelly Marie Tran, and Oscar Isaac who all joined the Star Wars franchise in the first two films in the sequel trilogy.
John Adedayo B. Adegboyega known professionally as John Boyega is an English actor known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its 2017 sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi, respectively the seventh and eighth films of the Star Wars series.
Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block.
Boyega’s other credits include historical drama film Detroit (2017), the science fiction film Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day and the drama Imperial Dreams (2014). Boyega received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2016.
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