- The Nigerian flag was hoisted at the Hempstead Town Hall, New York, to commemorate the nation’s 58th Independence Anniversary
- It was the first time in the history of the council to hoist an African flag
- Nigeria’s consul-general in New York expressed joy and pride at the recognition and honour done to the country by the town of Hempstead
It was a moment of pride and recognition as the Nigerian flag was hoisted in the New York town of Hempstead to commemorate the 58th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian flag became the first flag of any African country to be hoisted at the Hempstead Town Hall, which houses the Council’s secretariat.
NAIJ.com gathers that the event was organised by the office of senior councilwoman, Dorothy Goosby, in collaboration with the African Community Association of Long Island, New York.
Goosby, in her remarks, said it was a rare moment of pride and recognition as it was the first time in the history of the council to hoist an African flag.
“United States and the town of Hempstead are more diverse and culturally rich because of the contributions of our Nigerian society.
“We are proud to celebrate those contributions here today,” Goosby said.
The consul-general of Nigeria in New York, Benaoyagha Okoyen, expressed joy and pride at the recognition and honour done to Nigeria by the town of Hempstead.
According to Okoyen, Nigeria is a great country, the ‘giant’ of Africa, a good friend and a respected member of the international community.
The Nigerian envoy said: “Nigerians are very industrious, respectful, resourceful, resilient, hospitable and friendly.
“It is, therefore, very symbolic and significant for Nigeria and her citizens as the town of Hempstead flag raising ceremony for Nigeria is being organised to honour her dear country today.
“It is more gratifying to note that Nigeria is indeed the first African country to be honoured by a city in the entire Long Island, New York.”
Okoyen thanked the town of Hempstead for the honour of raising the Nigeria’s flag in the city hall, adding it says a lot about the confidence and trust the town has in Nigeria and its citizens.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a lot of people celebrated all across the nation as Nigeria marked her 58th Independence anniversary on October 1, 2018.
Despite the many issues surrounding the state of the nation, many people took to social media to celebrate Nigeria in their own very unique styles.
How Nigerians celebrated the 57th Independence Anniversary in Umuahia - on NAIJ.com TV: