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Nigerian 1914 Exhibition; Nigeria’s history

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By Mercy Kelani

The exhibition project is to awaken the consciousness of Nigerian citizens.

The Nigerian 1914 Exhibition, a display of historical paintings, chronicling the history of Nigeria from the amalgamation in 1914 through the country’s independence in 1960 debuted in the Federal Capital Territory. Report has it that the exhibition will be a week-long, as the Project Director of ‘Nigeria 1914,’ Akin Laniyi, stated that the exhibition is scheduled to hold from October 1-8, 2022; however, its opening ceremony took place at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja on October 1, 2022.

According to the statement of the project director, the exhibition has the endorsement and support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, and other relevant bodies, and also coincides with the country’s 62nd independence anniversary celebration. The 1914 exhibition is an educational exhibition that cuts across pictures, portraits, artifacts and paintings, based on the history, milestones, icons and culture of Nigeria from the 1914 amalgamation and through the nation’s independence in 1960, up until recent times.

Each day of the exhibition is named after reputable foundations.

The project is predicted to awaken the consciousness of the Nigerian citizens as a people to create a reflection on the Nigerian history and the need for social order. The 8 days of the exhibition would be held at the Transcorp Hilton with the sole aim of promoting the education, nationhood, and admirable things about the citizens as richly diverse people. It was also stated that each day of the exhibition has been named after a renowned foundation; this act is to serve as an encouragement and appreciation for their primary allocation

Within the 8 days of the exhibition, foundations like the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation; Atiku Care; Prince Arthur Eze; Prince Ned Nwoko; Tony Elumelu; TY Danjuma; Yar’ Adua; and Yakubu Gowon Foundation have days that have been specially dedicated to them. It was also noted that the public and dignitaries from different walks of life will grace the exhibition to experience the relish of the journey of Nigeria from 1914 till date.

The project is predicted to address unity struggles.

The exhibition also has each day allocated for visitors from the diplomatic community and government functionaries, with the inclusion of lovers of art and history of Nigeria. Following the vision of the promotion of national unity and the shared history of the country, major cities in Nigeria which include Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos would also stage the exhibition presenting Nigeria, her people, opportunities and potential on the global stage through iconic pictures, paintings, artifacts, and portraits.

Having staged the exhibition in major Nigerian cities, it will be taken through cities of the world such as London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, New York, Beijing, Toronto, Stockholm and Tokyo. The Project Director of the Project Tourism Africa, Chuks Anyaduba, added that the event was timely, considering the various challenges that are currently threatening its unity. While appreciating the organizers of the exhibition for the initiative, he urged Nigerians to support the projects that build social integration and national unity.

The Exhibition will showcase the country’s independence movement.

In addition, Mr. Anyaduba expressed his thoughts of the exhibition as being a good idea owing to the fact that many young people have no understanding of what it means to have independence because they have no idea of the story that led to the independence movement and the actual independence. As a result, he commended the documenting and showcasing of the process, urging people to key into it to learn of the nationalists’ movements and great leaders, whose fights brought independence for the country.


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Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

In addition to coinciding with the commemoration of the country’s anniversary of independence, the exhibition has received the blessing of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and other appropriate agencies.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The 1914 exhibition is an educational exhibition that covers a wide variety of images, portraits, artifacts, and paintings, all of which are based on the history, icons, and culture of Nigeria, and this is a good thing.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

It is anticipated that the project will reawaken the consciousness of the people of Nigeria as a whole, which will result in the formation of a reflection on the significance of social order in Nigeria’s past.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Each day of the show has been given the name of a well-known foundation; this gesture is intended to serve as motivation and appreciation for the fundamental contributions made by the foundations.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

It is anticipated that the project will reawaken the consciousness of the people of Nigeria as a whole, which will result in the formation of a reflection on the significance of social order in Nigeria’s past.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Nothing more beats having a project that will capitalize on the need for social order and also reflect on Nigeria’s history. Am sure this project is going to be one of a kind.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This is a very good project which will show the citizen of Nigeria past and the foundation how the independence is earn the good work our past leader who fight for our country. which will serve as appreciation to the fundamental contribute for the foundation

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I hope the exhibition will be done in a way that it will be opened to all. It should also be aired and televised. We really need to see our history through the historical paintings and arts.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

This is a welcome idea for people to learn about the events that took place during the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates,I hope it is opened to all.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

The Nigerian 1914 Exhibition wil teach people so much about the amalgamation in 1914. The events, how the northern and southern protectorates are merge togather

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

This is a very good project. Regards to Mr. Anyaduba, people should be enlightened to know what it means to have independence, key into it, learn, make moves to be a great leader, who fights to bring the independence the country deserves.

Last edited 1 year ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

The idea is very good because through this,lots of younger ones can easily have access to our history and heritage and this will bring lots of moral to the society.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

It is anticipated that the project would reawaken the consciousness of the people of Nigeria as a whole, which will result in the formation of a reflection on the importance of social order and the history of Nigeria.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

The efforts that aim to develop social integration and national unity should always have the backing of the Nigerian people.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The 1914 exhibition includes images, portraits, antiques, and paintings based on Nigeria’s history, milestones, iconography, and culture from 1914 to 1960.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

the recording and exhibiting of the process, along with the encouragement of people to participate so that they can get knowledge of the nationalist movements and great leaders whose struggles led to the independence of the country.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The exhibition is a fantastic concept because many young people do not comprehend what it means to be independent because they are unaware of the history that paved the way for the independence movement and the real freedom itself.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

This exhibition will truly awaken the consciousness of Nigerian. It might be positively or negatively. The 1914 amalgamation has generated a whole lot of condemnation from the southern region of Nigeria. I strongly hope that the historical and rich culture of the nation will be seen rather than the contrast.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

I hope that the 1914 exhibition will help to reshape our ideology about the country called Nigeria came to be and help value our culture and traditions.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

The project is predicted to awaken the consciousness of the Nigerian citizens as a people to create a reflection on the Nigerian history and the need for social order. We really need to know our history and how certain things came about

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

The 1914 exhibition is an educational exhibition that cuts across pictures, portraits, artifacts and paintings, based on the history, milestones, icons and culture of Nigeria from the 1914 amalgamation and through the nation’s independence in 1960, up until recent times.