(L-R) Hon. Israel Kapio, Consul in charge of Immigration and Community Relations, Amb. Ben Okoyen, Consul General, Consulate Office, New York, Prof Tijani Muhammad-Bande, of the United Nations and Amb. Samson Itegboje, Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations.
Hon. Mildred Crump, President, Newark City Council, delivering her address on behalf of the Council.
The raising of the Nigerian flag in the City of Newark to mark the occasion
(L-R) Hon. Okems Innocent Okemezie, Hon. Ugo Nwokoro (Deputy Mayor City of Newark) with his award, Mr Sampson Itegboje ( Deputy Ambassador), and Prince Anozie at the event
(L-R) Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Sir Law Ibe Esq of Global Patriot Newspapers and Ben Okoyen, Consul General.
(L-R) Professor Tijani Muhammad-Bande, Hon Okems Innocent Okemezie, Consul General Ben Okoyen and Frakas M’Fire, CEO We4We TV at the event
The 2018 Award recipients
Fidelia Odutola (4th from right with her award) flanked by friends and family.
Hon Charles Onyejiaka (right) former Councilman, City of Franklin, New Jersey, with his wife on his right with their award.
Hon Olamide Talabi with her award while Prince Anozie and Dr Kazeem look on.
Hon Okems Innocent Okemezie, Vice President, Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, New Jersey chapter, Commissioner, African Affairs, City of Newark, President and Founder Humanity for Africa Foundation, accepting his award.
(L-R) Hon Okems Innocent Okemezie receiving his award, with Prof Tijani Muhammad-Bande, Dr Kazeem Bello, and Miss Chierika Onyema.
Chief Ukogu with his wife on his right, receiving an award on behalf of their daughter Miss Chierika Ukogu, who was unavoidably absent, with another guest on the right.
Chief Ukogu receiving another special award for sports on behalf of his daughter Miss Chierika Ukogu, from Prince Anozie
Chief Albert Ukaigwe with his award. His wife is on his right.
Dr Fanubode, first Nigerian to produce and secure approval for traditional medicine practice in US, flanked by his wife on his right.
Prof. Stella Okereke with her award
Prof. Stella Okereke with her award. Beside her is Hon. Isreal Kapio, Consul in Charge of Immigration and Community Relations
(R-L) Hon. Okems Okemezie, Hon. Ugo Nwokoro, Ambassador Samson Itegboje, Hon. Olamide Talabi,, Ambassador Tijani Mohammad-Bande, Prince Anozie and Miss Chierika Onyema
A Nigerian family, Barrister Ejike Okpe, his wife, Barrister Mrs Okpe with their children, Master Etochukwu and Miss Elochukwu Okpe, dressed for the Day at the event
Dr Eunice Ukwuani, part of the United Nations delegation to the event
(L-R) Barrister Ejike Okpe, Miss Chierika Onyema, Ambassador Tijani Muhammad-Bande, Barrister Mrs Ugochi Okpe and Ambassador Samson Itegboje at the program, ,
Moses Adedeji of NABN TV
View of a section of the audience
Miss Morayo Lawole-adu, singing the national anthem
Igwe Nkem Onuma, High Chief Titus Osuagwu (Mmagha) and Chief Amandianaeze presenting kolanuts.
Amb. Ben Okoyen delivering his address.
Some Nigerian youths performing at the event (L-R) Michael Nwaru (Money Mike), Precious and Faith Owowo
Pastor Talabi and his wife with their award.
Moses Adedeji and his wife, Joy Adedeji of NABNtv with their award
Nigerians in New Jersey, United States, recently celebrated Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary flag raising ceremony at the 1st floor Rotunda, City Hall, Newark, New Jersey, United States, under the auspices of Nigeria in Diaspora Organization (NIDO).
Some of the notable personalities in attendance were His Excellency, Ambassador Tijani Muhammad-Bande OFR, Ambassador Ben Okoyen, the Consul General, Consulate Office, New York, Honorable Mildred Crump, Council President, Newark City Council, Hon Ugo Nwokoro, Deputy Mayor, Newark City Council, New Jersey, United States, Hon. Isreal Kapio, Consul in Charge of Immigration and Community Relations, Ambassador Samson Itegboje, Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, Dr. Kaseem Bello, President of NIDO, Hon. Okems Okemezie, Vice President of NIDO, and a host of others.
Highlights of the events of the day included awards to deserving citizens of Nigeria in the Diaspora and the events are aptly captured in the pictures below(Please click on pictures for full view):