Independence Day in Nigeria Date in the current year: October 1, 2016

Independence Day in Nigeria Independence Day is celebrated in Nigeria on October 1. This holiday celebrates the day, when Nigeria gained independence from Great Britain in 1960. After that the First Republic was founded, that existed till 1996.

Britain started to strengthen its influence in Nigeria in the 1800s after abolition of slave trade in Europe. Lagos in southern Nigeria was occupied in 1884 and Britain established the Oli River Protectorate. Britain’s power over the territory of Nigeria was acknowledged by other European nations in 1885.

In 1914 Britain united the areas of Niger as Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, but its administration remained divided into Northern and Southern Protectorates and Lagos Colony. Nigerian nationalism started growing during the time of World War II. After its end a wave for independence swept across Africa and Nigeria gained its independence on October 1, 1960.

Celebration of Independence Day starts with the ceremony of flag raising, then President delivers a speech. A military parade and cultural events follow the speech. People enjoy the shows, that are organized on this day.

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