Green-white-green was among the splashes of colors that bathed the excitement and fanfare that took place in the Washington DC metropolitan where Nigerian-American kids gathered with their counterparts from other countries.
Nigerian traditional wears, dances, arts, cuisine, and others were on display in the Nigerian booth—to the delight of the kids, including those from other cultures.
“I am happy to be here today representing Nigeria. I am proud of my country,” one of the kids said.
Identity and understanding is the big picture behind the event themed Universal Explorers, which the Culturfied Foundation, a Washington DC-based non-profit, hosted in the community.
Collaborating with embassies, the foundation focuses on children, nurturing their understanding of the world as diverse as it appears, and united as it should be.
“We at the Culturfied Foundation are proud to follow in the footsteps of the Meridian International Centre, which last held the festival in 2012,” said the communication department of the foundation.
No fewer than 6,000 participants attended the Meridian event.
“We believe that the need for such a child-focused cross-cultural event, and its popularity and reputation will only grow, and we are honored to ring it back to the Washington audience.”
The 2019 edition provided Washington and surrounding area families with a unique exposure to diverse cultures brought together in one place.
The kids were able to move around, exploring different cultures from booth to booth as they taste international cuisines, make traditional arts and craft, learn about regional geography of the world, and enjoy international dances, music, comedy, and all.
Some of the older Nigerians who participated in the 2019 edition advised the nay-sayers among their compatriots to be positive about Nigerians in spite of what the outside world thinks.
The Foundation has been on a mission to create inter-cultural peace and tolerance by celebrating cultures and their differences through educational programs and exposures.
Its flagship educational program is Culturfied Kids, which enlightens children on the need for cross-cultural harmony.
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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