NIGERIA – Our beloved country is 60 years old this year, counting from the end of the colonial era. On this day in 1960, a new free era began for Nigeria, in which we independently built our own country and government.
A short history of Independence in Nigeria
European influence in our country is one we had had to deal with since the Portuguese and Spaniards appeared on our land in the 16th century.
The British, from whom we separated in 1960, seized power in Nigeria in the 19th century. Germany also fought for this power but the British were victorious.
Even though some European customs still existed in the country, the call for Nigerian independence, which took place in the middle of the 20th century, strengthened Nigerians as a separate nation, not a foreign colony.
Nigeria received the status of a ‘federal republic’ and adopted its constitution in 1963. At that time, Nnamdi Azikiwe became the first president.
Our country has gone through difficulties and continues to move towards the creation of a prosperous life for all Nigerians. Thus, Nigeria Independence Day is celebrated annually.
Nigeria is an independent country and is on her way to a bright future.