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Saturday, 1 October marked Nigeria’s 51st Independence Day. In House 4, we celebrated the event with a Nigerian party, complete with Nigerian food and music, games and dancing. Some of our Nigerian girls prepared traditional Nigerian snack foods, like chin-chin and puff-puff (variations of fried dough with sweet toppings), and do-do (fried plantain), which were enjoyed by all.
The Nigerian girls also shared a bit about their history and culture. Several myths were dispelled, such as Nigerians living in mud huts, seeing lions every day, and speaking a language called “Nigerian.” In fact, there are 500 Nigerian languages, spoken by their 250 ethnic groups. House 4 also led a chapel service on Sunday in which we recognized Nigerian Independence Day, along with China’s National Day, also celebrated on 1 October.
The chapel service was closed with a prayer stating, “Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly. So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin colour.”
We are privileged to live, work, and study in a community where so many ethnic groups are represented, in which we can learn from one another and broaden our own knowledge and experience of the world.