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Hosted against the backdrop of the charming, transcendent, restaurant, Nostalgia, the event opened up with a pulsating performance from African-themed dancers that paid homage to Nigeria’s cultural heritage.

Uwana Udabong, the sensational host, took over the night setting the tone for a night dedicated to celebrating futuristic ambitions, liberating perspectives, and three emboldened individuals — Mr. Eazi, Nancy Isime, and M.I “The Guy” — that push the limits and never stop asking, “Where Next?”

Friends of the mavericks and the brand traipsed about, socializing, and enjoying the decanters of the Limited-Edition Collection of Glenfiddich 12YO, 15YO, and 18YO.

The night hit multiple high points with a masterfully curated fusion of alluring poetry from Bash Amueni, electrifying music delivered in perfect precision by Efik Zara and Ypick, and DJ-wizardry skilfully served by DJ Gigi Jazmin.

The event reached new heights during the panel discussion with the three Mavericks led by the delectable host — Uwana Udabong. Speaking on their dream of a Bold future for Nigeria, Mr. Eazi, Nancy Isime, and M.I. “The Guy” painted pictures of a country that is unhindered by tags from the global community and is full of opportunities and prosperity for everyone.

Stacking on the excitement, the evening transitioned into an enthralling mirror ball contortion act by Valerie Murzak, before taking on the pulsating hues of afro-electronic music embellished with Kah-lo’s signature.

Simi Drey, Etim Effiong, Waje, Akah, Laycon, Bella and Sheggz, Tola Odunsi, Enado, Ozee Mbadiwe, Osi Suave, Denike Balogun, and many mavericks from the creative industry, were present at the event lending a heightened sense of sophistication and excitement that pervaded even the after party.

Speaking of the afterparty, Glenfiddich delivered an immersive experience to all guests, punctuated with the transcendent ingenuity of three DJ masterminds, DJ Big Foot, Ms. DSF, and DJ Baggio.

From arts to music, the Glenfiddich sleeve launch event celebrated not just individuals dedicated to creating #BoldFutures, but the increasing global recognition Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage is receiving from the impact these individuals have made.

The event also celebrated the role technology has played and is still playing in making Nigeria’s creative creations globally pervasive.

To #BoldFuturesNigeria and the unhindered spirit of every outstanding Maverick that challenges the odds to become a beacon of hope and an epitome of genuity that uncovers new layers, every path of the way; #ToBoldFutures.



Arsenal star Bukayo Saka celebrates Nigerian Independence at 63.

Arsenal superstar forward Bukayo Saka is back in connection with Nigeria.

The 22-year-old plays for the Three Lions of England but embraces his Nigerian heritage.

Nigerians react as Bukayo Saka dishes out white Yoruba traditional attire in Bariga, Lagos

Wetin Bukayo Saka dey find for Bariga? Iwobi and Nigerians react on social media as Arsenal star roams Lagos.


Bukayo Saka celebrates Nigeria independence at 63

Nigeria observes Independence Day as a legal national holiday on the first of October.

Bukayo Saka gifts Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Arsenal jersey

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gets free jersey from Arsenal star Bukayo Saka.


On October 1, 1960, Nigeria declared its independence from British authority and it has been a recurring celebration.

Nigerians at home and abroad celebrated their 63rd Independence Day celebration on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka speaks on the team learing from their mistake last season || Photo Credit: Imago

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka speaks on the team learing from their mistake last season || Photo Credit: Imago

Saka joined the celebration with a message on his official social media platforms.

The England forward posted a photo of his trip to Nigeria to celebrate the special occasion.

He said, “Happy Independence Day Nigeria.”

Saka, who plays for Arsenal, braved the critics to go support Wizkid performing at the Gunners North London rivals stadium, Tottenham Hotspur.

Saka, who plays for Arsenal, braved the critics to go support Wizkid performing at the Gunners North London rivals stadium, Tottenham Hotspur.

Saka and Nigerian connection

Saka, an international football player for England of Nigerian heritage had a tour of Lagos earlier this year.

The 21-year-old forward landed at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport on May 31, 2023,

After a grueling 2022–2023 Premier League season, Saka spent a part of his holiday in Lagos.

Saka meets Arsenal Fans in Lagos Nigeria

Saka meets Arsenal Fans in Lagos Nigeria

Saka in Bariga

Saka, a Nigerian immigrant who had been raised in the UK, was always expected to play for the Super Eagles, but he chose to represent England instead.

A day after his arrival, Saka, who is recognized for having a significant impact on Arsenal’s Premier League finish as runner-up to eventual champion Manchester City, paraded around Lagos.

Along with the video was a dish out of the Yoruba dialect by the Arsenal star Bukayo Saka on his official social media account.

Along with the video was a dish out of the Yoruba dialect by the Arsenal star Bukayo Saka on his official social media account.

Along with the video was a dish out of the Yoruba dialect by the Arsenal star Bukayo Saka on his official social media account.

Saka visited Bariga, Lagos, but followers on social media mistook him for someone in Egbeda, causing them to spread the rumor that the young man was in the Egbeda region of the state.

Following the arrival of Saka, there were reports that the Arsenal man is set to meet with top government officials.

The meeting between Saka and Governor Sanwo-Olu came after the Arsenal star landed spontaneously at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport on May 31, 2023.

The meeting between Saka and Governor Sanwo-Olu came after the Arsenal star landed spontaneously at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport on May 31, 2023.

On Saturday, June 3, Saka met with the two-term governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Photos of Saka meeting with the Governor and gifting a jersey went viral on social media.

Saka, who modeled the new Arsenal and Adidas home jerseys for the 2023/24 season, is a fan favorite and held a meet and greet with fans before leaving.

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Super Falcons stars Alozie, and Plumptre lead Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day celebrations.

Members of the Nigerian women’s football team known as the Super Falcons are back on the social media trends.

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have joined in the Independence Day celebrations.

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Nigeria observes Independence Day as a legal national holiday on the first of October.

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On October 1, 1960, Nigeria declared its independence from British authority and it has been a recurring celebration.

Nigerians at home and abroad celebrated their 63rd Independence Day celebration on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Super Falcons were to return to face Sao Tome and Principe after World Cup round of 16 exit- Imago

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Reactions of Super Falcons star to Nigeria’s Independence Day celebrations

Atletico Madrid star Rasheedat Ajibade took to her official social media platforms to celebrate the occasion.

Ajibade who featured for Atletico Madrid in their draw against Levante posted photos wearing a Green and White attire.

Atletico Madrid star Rasheedat Ajibade took to her official social media platforms to celebrate the Independence Day - Instagram/Rasheedat Ajibade

Atletico Madrid star Rasheedat Ajibade took to her official social media platforms to celebrate the Independence Day – Instagram/Rasheedat Ajibade

Along with the photos was a message that said, “HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA 💚🤍💚#nigeria #will #be #great 💯🙏🏽”

Reims defender Oluwatosin Demehin posted photos on her official social media platforms with a Nigerian flag to celebrate the occasion.

Reims defender Oluwatosin Demehin posted photos on her official social media platforms with a Nigerian flag to celebrate the occasion. - Instagram/Demehin Oluwatosin

Reims defender Oluwatosin Demehin posted photos on her official social media platforms with a Nigerian flag to celebrate the occasion. – Instagram/Demehin Oluwatosin

Along with the photos was a message that said, “HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA 🇳🇬🇳🇬.”

Houston Dash defender Michelle Alozie sent her Independence message to Nigerians from the United States of America (USA).

Houston Dash defender Michelle Alozie sent her Independence message to Nigerians from the United States of America (USA). Instagram/Michelle Alozie

Houston Dash defender Michelle Alozie sent her Independence message to Nigerians from the United States of America (USA). Instagram/Michelle Alozie

Alozie posted a photo wearing a Super Falcons jersey in Houston with a message that said, “Happy Nigeria Independence Day!!”

Al-Ittihad Ladies defender Ashleigh Plumptre celebrated Independence Day with a message on social media.

Al-Ittihad Ladies defender Ashleigh Plumptre celebrated Independence Day with a message on social media. - Instagram/Ashleigh Plumptre

Al-Ittihad Ladies defender Ashleigh Plumptre celebrated Independence Day with a message on social media. – Instagram/Ashleigh Plumptre

She posted a series of photos with a message that said, “Happy 63rd Independence Day, Nigeria 🇳🇬.”

The Super Falcons were joined in Independence Day celebrations by England forward of Nigerian descent Bukayo Saka.

The Super Falcons stars celebrated Nigeria despite reports that they were not treated well at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Super Falcons were the 10th best team at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Image Credit - (Imago)

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The Super Falcons were invited for a 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification match, but Sao Tome and Principe pulled out.

They will now return to action against Ethiopia in a two-leg fixture for the 2024 Olympic qualifiers.

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Lagos, Nigeria – For decades, Nigerians would dance on the streets to loud music on October 1, waving the country’s flag in pride to celebrate its independence from the United Kingdom. On the 63rd anniversary of that moment, the country’s streets are bereft of the usual celebratory atmosphere.

In Abuja, the capital, there were often banquets and concerts, sometimes backed by the government. But this time, as in recent years, the streets are quiet save for the flow of traffic as churchgoers throng Sunday masses. Over the speakers, some clerics can be heard soliciting divine intervention to rescue Nigeria from the pits.

For Olive Chiemerie, a 23-year-old bookstore manager resident in Ikeja, Lagos, it is pointless to celebrate. She was born just as Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999 and used to participate in commemorative activities at school but has become disillusioned in adulthood.

“Becoming an adult in Nigeria under Buhari’s government makes it feel like I have been robbed of my entire future and I can’t do anything but to look on hopelessly as the country falls into disrepair,” Chiemerie told Al Jazeera.

Many youths share similar sentiments.

Africa’s largest economy has long been in free fall since the Muhammadu Buhari administration, as youth unemployment, inflation, and debt are at an all-time high and continue to climb. More than 60 percent of the country lives in what the United Nations calls “multidimensional poverty”.

Electricity is still abysmally poor; the national grid has collapsed multiple times this year and uninterrupted power remains a myth. Buhari’s successor Bola Tinubu came to office in a disputed election marred by allegations of vote-buying, voter intimidation, and collusion with institutions of state, by the opposition.

Early reforms, like the removal of a fuel subsidy and devaluation of the naira, were implemented by Tinubu immediately after he took office in May. They were hailed by industry watchers as a welcome development, but people say they have brought them untold hardship.

Tinubu has scaled back some of the reforms but nevertheless doubled down on the need to carry out agonising reforms.

“Reform may be painful, but it is what greatness and the future require,” he said in his Independence Day speech. “We now carry the costs of reaching a future Nigeria where the abundance and fruits of the nation are fairly shared among all, not hoarded by a select and greedy few.”

‘Moving backwards’

When the Union Jack, the British flag, was lowered down and replaced by Nigeria’s green-white-green one, Augustine Okofu was a 14-year-old schoolboy in Osisa in what is today’s Delta state. A rally went on in his town for three days and he joined in the merriment.

Okofu went on to be such a believer in Nigeria that when war broke out in July 1967, he fought for federal troops against the secessionist nation of Biafra.

He remembers rallying with the people of his township for days. But now, the day does not hold much meaning to him.

“We were very happy thinking that Nigeria will be better in the future. But instead of things to keep getting better, it is getting darker. The people who think they are wise are finding the ways and manner to change everything,” said Okofu, now 77.

These feelings of disenchantment from the different demographies that Chiemerie and Okofu belong to, stem from the belief that the country should be far more developed, according to Mark Amaza, spokesperson for Yiaga Africa, an Abuja-based civil society.

“If one of the promises of independence back in 1960 was for us to chart our own course, that hasn’t panned out as much as we expected. People can’t see what excites them about independence if we are still grappling with so many issues and moving backwards,” he said.

And while patriotic joy has been on the decline in recent years, experts say things have deteriorated this year. Beyond the state of the economy, lingering ethnic tensions exacerbated by political differences during the last election cycle have contributed to the muted commemorations, they say.

Experts say Nigerians have usually bonded together in times of economic boom and that translated to periods of peak patriotism when the independence anniversary resonated with Nigerians.

Joachim MacEbong, a senior governance analyst at Lagos-based Stears Intelligence, points to three periods in particular – the period after independence in 1960 till the civil war began in 1967; the 1970s when there was a boom in crude oil revenues as the commodity displaced agriculture as Nigeria’s top export; and the first stretch of the post-military era from 1999 to 2007.

“There was a lot of optimism in the country and a lot of people were coming back to the country from the diaspora looking at Nigeria as a place of opportunity,” he said. “But every other time after that, we have had that decline in optimism.”

Eroding affection

That decline is particularly heightened this year, especially among the youths whose purchasing power has rapidly decreased during their lifetime.

In the 1980s, the naira was at par with the dollar. Today, $1 is approximately 1,000 naira.

A frustrated Chiemerie has now started plotting to Japa — a Yoruba word that means to escape — as emigration abroad is colloquially called.

“Every morning I wake up, I am despondent,” she told Al Jazeera. “I feel like my life is stuck in a place and I don’t care what I have to do to get the money to get out of here … why should it be the African dream to escape Africa with as much national resources as we have?”

Sentiments like Chiemerie’s should be a challenge to government across all levels, according to Amaza. But most officials behave like the proverbial ostrich with the head in the sand, hiding themselves and denying the obvious, he told Al Jazeera.

MacEbong agrees, saying the only way to improve is for the government to begin working for the majority as opposed to just a select few, to promote inclusiveness.

“If the government continues to cater to the whims of just a few people, that is not independence, that is just really trading one side of the shackle from colonialism to people who look like us. If the government works, people will be able to celebrate Independence Day the way they should,” he said.

In Lagos, Chiemerie has decided to spend the day visiting her aunt after church service.

“I will go on as if nothing is happening in the country,” she said. “If anyone thinks I am disloyal, Nigeria does not care about me so I won’t go out of my way to celebrate.”



Independence day: President Tinubu to address Nigerians by 7am on Independence day Oct 1

President Bola Tinubu will address Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast on Sunday October 1, as the country marks its 63rd Independence Day. 

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, in a statement released on Saturday, September 30, said the broadcast would commence at 7 am.

“Television, radio, and other electronic media networks are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and Radio Nigeria for the broadcast”

Independence day: President Tinubu to address Nigerians by 7am on Independence day Oct 1

Light up the BBQs, pack the cooler full of beers (that aren’t Bud Light,) and prepare to enjoy some fireworks as we celebrate America’s 247th birthday!

Do you want a little extra something to get you in the spirit, though? Something that may not involve stepping outside in the heat at all so you can eat and drink at home in peace?

Today we’ve put together the five best movies to get you in the mood this Fourth of July!

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Movies so Patriotic, Your TV Will Blow up Into Fireworks

Independence Day (1996)

This classic sci-fi action film directed by Roland Emmerich follows a group of scientists, fighter pilots, and even the President of the United States as they come together to defend Earth against an alien invasion on, you guessed it, Independence Day.

It’s the perfect choice for an Independence Day movie marathon, in fact, you can’t even have one without it.

The Patriot (2000)

Set during the Revolutionary War, this historical drama stars Mel Gibson as the infamous Swamp Fox, a farmer turned reluctant hero who joins the fight for independence after his son is murdered by a British officer and his town is terrorized by British military occupiers.

It offers a poignant portrayal of the sacrifices made by early American patriots.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

How more patriotic of a film can you get than with one of America’s oldest and most beloved superheroes? This Marvel origin story of young Steve Rogers from Queens shows how he became known to the world as Captain America, a patriotic superhero who fights for justice and the American way.

While this film pulls villains from the source material such as Red Skull and his Nazi splinter group Hydra, it takes time to honor the many men and women who took part in fighting against one of the biggest threats mankind has seen. It’s a fun and action-packed movie that celebrates the spirit of heroism and freedom, what’s not to love?

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, we return to the skies of one of the greatest films of all time with this sequel. The story follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, portrayed by Tom Cruise, who is now a flight instructor at the Top Gun school. Maverick finds himself grappling with his past and his legacy as he mentors a new generation of elite Navy aviators.

The film showcases the evolution of aerial combat and technology, exploring the role of pilots in the modern military. Maverick, despite his advancing age, continues to push the limits and test his skills in high-stakes aerial missions. Along the way, he forms a bond with Bradley Bradshaw, played by Miles Teller, the son of his late friend and Radar Intercept Officer, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.

This is the most based movie to come out in years, as it captures the exact same vibes as the 80’s classic.

National Treasure (2004)

This film follows an adventurous historian, played by Nicolas Cage, as he races against a group of criminals to find a hidden treasure of national significance.

While not directly related to Independence Day, it’s a thrilling and entertaining movie that celebrates American history and the quest for freedom. Besides, how many memes of Nicholas Cage saying “I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence” do you have to see online before giving this film a chance?

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Some Honorable Mentions

Of course, there are always some good movies that didn’t make the list, but could easily be perfect additions to your Independence Day movie marathon.

  • Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  • The Sandlot (1993)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Glory (1989)
  • Team America: World Police (2004)

What are some movies you feel would be good additions to the list? Let us know in the comments below and across social media.

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John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the nation’s second and third Presidents respectively, both passed away on the 4th of July within hours of each other in 1826.

The two political adversaries became great friends in their later years and ended up dying exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

Adams, George Washington’s successor, lived to the age of 90 while Jefferson was 83 at the time of his death.

Jefferson actually passed away shortly after noon. Hours later, Adams, unaware of the news, uttered his last words: “Thomas Jefferson survives.”

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4th of July Coincidence – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Both Die

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became politically estranged for eleven years after the presidential election (what some call the Second American Revolution) of 1800. Jefferson defeated Adams that year after what is described as a bitter campaign.

Adams had narrowly defeated Jefferson in the 1796 election.

The election brought forth the current two-party dominance in presidential elections and is often cited as the first example of a ‘modern’ election, replete with regional divisions and smear campaigns created by both parties.

Adams would eventually pen a letter to Jefferson on January 1st, 1812, and the two would correspond with each other right up until their coincidentally-dated deaths.

On July 4th, 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan honored their relationship in his own Independence Day address to the nation.

After a bitter and divisive campaign, Jefferson defeated Adams for the Presidency in 1800. And the night before Jefferson’s inauguration, Adams slipped away to Boston, disappointed, brokenhearted, and bitter.

For years their estrangement lasted. But then when both had retired, Jefferson at 68 to Monticello and Adams at 76 to Quincy, they began through their letters to speak again to each other. Letters that discussed almost every conceivable subject: gardening, horseback riding, even sneezing as a cure for hiccups; but other subjects as well: the loss of loved ones, the mystery of grief and sorrow, the importance of religion, and of course the last thoughts, the final hopes of two old men, two great patriarchs, for the country that they had helped to found and loved so deeply. “It carries me back,” Jefferson wrote about correspondence with his cosigner of the Declaration of Independence, “to the times when, beset with difficulties and dangers, we were fellow laborers in the same cause, struggling for what is most valuable to man, his right to self-government. Laboring always at the same oar, with some wave ever ahead threatening to overwhelm us and yet passing harmless . . . we rowed through the storm with heart and hand . . . .”

It was their last gift to us, this lesson in brotherhood, in tolerance for each other, this insight into America’s strength as a nation. And when both died on the same day within hours of each other, that date was July 4th, 50 years exactly after that first gift to us, the Declaration of Independence.

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John Adams Thought Independence Day Should Be July 2nd

John Adams actually thought July 2nd, 1776 marked the most significant day for America’s independence – the day the Continental Congress formally declared its freedom from Great Britain.

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” he wrote to his wife Abigail.

“It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty,” said Adams.

“It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

On July 4th, 1831, five years after Adams and Jefferson passed away, the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe, also died.

Making him the third Founding Father to pass on that historical date.

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The main thing in these conditions is to ensure the sovereignty and independence of our country - Russian Prime Minister urges Citizens to rally behind Putin after aborted mutiny

 

Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin said on Monday that the country had faced “a challenge to its stability” and must remain united behind President Vladimir Putin following Saturday’s abortive mutiny by heavily armed mercenary fighters.

 

Under a deal late on Saturday, June 24, that defused the crisis in Russia and averted possible bloodshed, the Kremlin said the Wagner Group mercenaries would return to base, while their leader Yevgeny Prigozhin would move to Belarus. All criminal charges against him and his fighters would be dropped, the Kremlin said.

In what appeared to be the first public comments by a senior Russian official since the attempted coup, Mishustin appealed at a televised government meeting for national unity in the face of what he said were efforts by the West to undermine Russia.

 

“The main thing in these conditions is to ensure the sovereignty and independence of our country, the security and well-being of citizens,” said Mishustin, a technocrat who was appointed prime minister in 2020.

“For this, the consolidation of the whole of society is especially important; we need to act together, as one team, and maintain the unity of all forces, rallying around the president,” he said.

Mishustin, a former head of Russia’s federal tax service, also took a swipe at the West.

“As the president noted, virtually the entire military, economic, information machine of the West is directed against us,” he said.

Putin said on Saturday that the rebellion by the Wagner mercenary force had threatened Russia’s very existence under threat and vowed to crush it.

 

However, he has not publicly commented since then on the dramatic events or on the deal brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that defused the crisis.

 

These strides led to Johnnie Walker’s freshest project: the Independence Tunnel revamp. Located in Maryland, the tunnel saw a complete transformation, with art that celebrates the Nigerian spirit that never stops and honours the people that walked before us.

It is a reminder to today’s creatives that they are surrounded by greatness, and they only need to search within to find it.

Lead artist, Tumininu Ayobami Gbebire, was inspired by our colourful culture and rich landscape. She explains, “Nigeria’s culture is rich, yet underrepresented. Historical creative symbols like the Ife Bronze heads, Adire dye pits and Benin Ivory heads, all represent the labours of our hero’s past and are treasures which should be revered”.

Take a visit to the Maryland tunnel and you will sight the familiar faces of our founding fathers’ Chief. Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sir. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, whose steps we now walk in.

Alongside this powerful mural is a documentary that details the journey from conception to completion. It shows how the extraordinary is built on creativity, community and a shared purpose. It further highlights the “Keep Walking” philosophy, which emboldens people to believe in themselves and never give up on their dreams.

Click the link here to watch the documentary. To all creatives, Keep Walking and stay connected to @johnniewalkerng for more updates and information.

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