The 1 October marked 62 years of Independence for Nigeria. The country was granted independence from Britain on the 1 October, 1960 and became the Federation of Nigeria. The day was celebrated with H.E Mr Muhammad Manta at his residence in Pretoria.
In Nigeria the Presidents address to the public marks the beginning of the festivities. Citizens wear green and white , the same was seen at the auspicious event in Pretoria.
Guests included the diplomatic corps, members of the armed forces from numerous countries, MPs and other distinguished guests.
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa due to its export market. Crude oil being the largest export to South Africa.
During his speech H.E Mr Muhammad Manta provided insight into relations between South Africa and Nigeria, stating that there are over 40 companies investing in the country from SA, with the largest two being MTN and Standard Bank. He also commented on the direct flights between Lagos and Johannesburg which makes trade and tourism a lot easier.
Guest speaker Minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development Thoko Didiza expressed her gratitude at being invited to the event and reflected on the relationship between South Africa and Nigeria.
The afternoon speeches closed with the cutting of the cake and guests were entertained by various musicians.
Happy National Day Nigeria.
by Marion Kate