Nigerian Independence day 2016
The Nigerian Independence day is an annually marked important date in the calendar of every patriotic Nigerian, and it is wise for everyone to know the history of the Nigerian independence day celebration.
History of Nigerian Independence
European influence in modern-day Nigeria began when during the sixteenth century in the time when the very first explorers from Spain and Portuguese Republic began commerce with locals, resulting in the creation of ports of ports, like Lagos. British people became an increasingly dominant influence on the region during the late nineteenth century through the Royal Niger Company, resisting German attempts to enlarge within the region.
In 1900, the territories under the control of the Royal Niger Company became the Southern Nigeria district. In 1914, this was combined with the Northern Nigeria district to make the Colony and protectorate of Nigeria, that forms the borders of the recent day Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Many aspects of recent life in Nigeria were established during the time and period of British Rule, however by the middle of the twentieth century, the decision for independence sweeping across Africa and also the decline of the territories within the British Empire led to Nigeria being granted independence on 1 October 1960 under a constitution with a parliamentary government and a degree of autonomy for the country’s three regions.
Nigeria marked total independence from Britain when it became a federal republic when a brand new constitution was adopted on 1 October 1963 with Nnamdi Azikiwe as its initial president.
Political unrest led to a series of military coups in 1966 and the Federal Republic of Nigeria was dominated by a clique with the democratic rule not being restored till 1 October 1979.
How is Nigerian Independence Day 2016 celebrated?
In new york, Nigeria’s Independence Day has been marked by celebrations since in 1991 and are the largest by any African nation within the United states of America.