Cultural exhibits to mark Nigeria’s Independence

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BELAIT

THE Nigerian community in the Sultanate is looking to strengthen relations with the local community through a series of exhibitions and performances held in conjunction with Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day next month.

Chairman of the Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club, Adeshina Waheed Sadiq, told The Brunei Times that their community - comprising over 40 families - organised an cultural exhibition at the Panaga Club yesterday, and will host a dinner on October 3, which the public are welcome to attend.

“The Nigerian community has been in Brunei for well over a decade already, mostly through professionals serving in the oil and gas industry, and more recently in the field of education and teaching. We enjoy the hospitality of Brunei, and in return would also like to showcase our multiple cultures and history to the community here,” said Adeshina.

Yesterday's cultural and art exhibition, located at the Panaga Club's main hall in Seria, drew hundreds of local and expatriates who toured individual booths set up to explain Nigerian head wear, art and food, as well as the popular attire and custom the country's main ethnic groups.

“This was the first time we attempted to showcase all the elements of Nigerian culture in an exhibition; the various ethnic groups, food, clothing and historical background. We are thrilled by the response and the genuine interest the visitors in our way of life,” said Adeshina.

Through the exhibition, the section was able to promote their upcoming celebration on October 3 at Pusat Insani, which includes a Nigerian themed dinner and performances.

Tickets to the event are being sold for $20 per person, with proceeds going to Pusat Ehsan in Kuala Belait.

“We will have special Nigerian delicacies served, and have lined performances from our ethnic groups like Hausa Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo,” said the organiser of yesterday's exhibition Fatima Umar Shehu.

The Nigerian Ambassador to Malaysia, who also serves as the consul for Nigerians in Brunei, is also expected to attend the event.

Those looking to purchase tickets to the event can contact the organisers at 7227769, 7158298 or the Nigerian Section of the Panaga Club.

The Brunei Times