By Prisca Sam-Duru & Vera Anyagafu
THIS is a season of independence anniversaries of countries around the world. For weeks now, Embassies and Consulates in Nigeria have seized the opportunity of celebrating their independence, just as Nigeria marked her 56th year, to organize diverse activities to celebrate their freedom.
In all of this, the 26th Day of German Unity held Monday, which has always stood out in terms of entertainment, was as usual, held amidst pomp and pageantry. The recession didn’t affect the party that much and as usual entertainment was at the fore. It was indeed a long evening of super entertainment.
This year, the show had Muson Centre band, supplying nonstop music as guests danced and sang along. They performed evergreen tunes from Sound of music and a medley of hits from Africa’s music legend, Mariam Makeeba.
Guests will never forget in a hurry, the rendering of Nigeria’s and Germany’s national anthem by Victor Okoli. One would have thought that after Nigeria’s Anthem, a German would perform theirs but Okoli continued and gave members of the audience goose pimples. The clarity of his angelic voice made his rendition exciting and the crowd responded with resonating applause and whistling.
As the party progressed, performing artists took centre stage and one after the other, gave the already excited crowd a good dose of what brought them to the party in the first place. All the way from Ghana was Gyedu Blay Ambolley, who delighted everyone with thrilling performances. New music sensation, Falana, award winning son of erudite lawyer, Femi Falana who has been making waves since returning to Nigeria was on stage, giving excellent rendition of the best of his music. Also performing were Brymo and The Theosolites who dished out tunes from 2015 performance of Ade Bantu led Afropolitan Vibes.
As a sign of unity and love for their host country, some Germans were dressed gorgeously in Nigeria’s attires especially Yoruba traditional rulers’ attires. The national dresses added colour to the glamorous event.
Declaring the party open, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr. Ingo Herbert who implored all to enjoy the evening owing to the fact that Nigeria and Germany have reasons to celebrate, announced that very soon his Consulate will be launching a book on the history of Germany and Nigeria business relations.
While noting that there are so many reasons the two countries should celebrate, Mr Herbert disclosed his country’s readiness to continue to work towards boosting Germany’s cultural relationship with Nigeria.
To that effect he added, “ On Saturday we will be opening an exhibition titled ‘Affordable City in Lagos’. This exhibition will be focusing on urbanization issues and promises to make huge impact on our environment.”
Herbert also seized the opportunity to announce the resumption of the new Director of the German Cultural Centre, Goethe Institut, Mr Alfons Hug, a foremost German curator, critic and exhibition organizer, who took over from Marc Andre Schmachtel.